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Time Announces 100 Most Influential People in the World, Including Jennifer Lawrence, Steven Spielberg and Lena Dunham

by Ryan Lattanzio
April 18, 2013 12:45 PM
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Today, TIME Magazine announced its 10th annual TIME 100, a list of the 100 most influential people in the world. A number of entertainers made the list including Lena Dunham, Jennifer Lawrence, Daniel Day-Lewis and Steven Spielberg. Their inclusion should come as no surprise, as these film figures all had hugely successful past years on screens big and small. The TIME 100 also includes Jimmy Fallon, Mindy Kaling and Beyonce. Below are a few excerpts from the list, penned also by famous actors and writers.

Jennifer Lawrence, by Jodie Foster:

You'll remember where you were when you first felt it, how you were stuck to one spot like a small animal considering its end. The Jennifer Lawrence Stare. It cuts a searing swath in your gut. A reckoning. I remember going to the cutting rooms of "Winter's Bone." I thought, Sure, this girl can act. But, man, this girl can also just be. All of those painful secrets in her face, the feeling that there's some terrible past that's left impossibly angled bone and weariness in its wake. She's worn from the pain of living -- something none of her characters would ever have the energy to articulate. It's just part of her, like skin and muscle.

Daniel Day-Lewis, by Tony Kushner:

Daniel carries his talents and achievements modestly, charmingly and generously. Like the President he brought to life in "Lincoln," he's a deep-sea creature who's unexpectedly approachable and thoroughly delightful company. He's a concerned and active world citizen, a spectacular husband and father. But when Daniel acts, he makes the physical metaphysical, and vice versa. He makes the art of acting creative as much as performative.

Steven Spielberg, by Tom Brokaw:

However different their subjects, Spielberg's productions have a common thematic DNA of humanity, so we are enlightened as well as entertained. His work on "'Lincoln" alone was worthy of enduring acclaim, for it brought to life as no other film has this quintessential American President struggling with the greatest moral dilemma of our history... The power of the film remained long after the closing credits, and so it is with Steven's career.

Lena Dunham, by Claire Danes:

Lena's power lies largely in her self-awareness and wit. Like all great comics, she has a joke ready to deflect any jeer. Hannah's pathetic declaration that she could at least be "a voice of a generation" invites and thwarts many a poisoned arrow. Lena's true power, though, lies in her transparency. She is unflinchingly, unnervingly honest. She exposes, beneath all that bare skin, a multitude of shortcomings: acute self-involvement, obsessive-compulsive behavior, overeating, oversharing.

The TIME 100 includes seven special edition covers, and Jennifer Lawrence appears on one of them. Read the full 2013 list here, and check out highlights from last year's list here.


  • tyler4all | April 19, 2013 1:51 PMReply

    Megan Ellison should have been on this list. Her production company, Annapurna Pictures, funded Zero Dark Thirty, Lawless, The Master, etc...I agree with Ivan. Actors are the face of the industry but producers are the ones taking chances in order to get movies made. I cannot believe Lena Dunham is listed under Icons...haha, what a joke. This from the same rag that named Zuckerberg Man of the Year a couple of years back instead of Julian Assange, whose work brought about the Arab Spring, the Occupy movt.,etc. Hey, as long as its selling mags, what do they care?

  • bilko | April 18, 2013 8:11 PMReply

    Isn't Lena Dunham being named to the world's most influential people list a joke on a joke?

  • tyler4all | April 19, 2013 1:52 PM

    I cannot wait for this flavor of the week to fade into obscurity. The only reason her show is popular, not good, is because she takes her clothes off.

  • Ivan | April 18, 2013 3:51 PMReply

    It's pretty silly to include actors. It's the little known executives who green light pictures who have the real influence in Hollywood. As for the rest of the world, it may sell more magazines to include these people, but unknown leaders of mutli-billion dollar companies, or politicians such as the openly gay premier of Ontario, Canada (the 19th largest economy in the world) have a much bigger influence. These actors are nothing more than the current flavour of the month who are one couch jumping episode away from being passe.

  • biji | April 19, 2013 5:52 AM

    check out the big brain on ivan! what a great post. the only person i'd totally agree with on this is indeed steven spielberg, for the reason you put it - actors don't really have huge least not any of these ones. not really. steven spielberg is basically that ultra-rare thing - a sure bet in hollywood, or as close as one can be. i mean seriously, how the hell did he get a three hour historical drama about the passing of a constitutional amendment to turn such a profit?? it didn't make the money it did off his name alone of course, because i thought it was a seriously good movie. still though, it wasn't the commercial prospects of the subject matter that got that 65+ million dollars to make the thing, and THATS influence. in hollywood, anyway. his cultural influence will have to wait for another time

  • Jerry | April 18, 2013 1:55 PMReply

    Seriously? Jennifer Lawerence & Lena Dunham are 'influential'? We are in trouble if anyone believes that these two have any talent, let alone influence people...

  • gene | April 30, 2013 10:08 AM

    Agreed. Jennifer Lawrence is a untrained actress with very little acting talent. Watch The Catching Fire trailer, because it proves how awful her acting is.

  • tyler4all | April 19, 2013 1:58 PM

    Jennifer Lawrence is a good actress but she is just that, an actress. Until she starts writing, directing, producing she has very little influence on anything. Hunger Games? really, that stuff is embarrassingly bad, no different from Twilight. The entertainment industry is going hard after the wallets of young adults (or as they called them when I was that age, children, and im only 31) because they dont know the value of credit, let alone the value of money, so theyll throw it away on crap books, crap movies and crap music. It's obvious when you look at Seth McFarlane hosting the Oscars, Lena Dunham being given the keys to the city and other obvious examples of the industry playing to tween audiences. This list means nothing. Every person knows who is influential in their own life, period.

  • DIANA | April 18, 2013 11:00 PM

    I agree with you. I don't understand how exactly it is that they are influential. Can they give examples and to what extent their influence have contributed to the betterment of humanity. I look at their achievements in film and television and it is lightweight and common. Was Harvey Weinstein a member of the panel that chose them because it certainly explains it.

  • Pemebr | April 18, 2013 9:33 PM

    You're seriously out of touch if you think Jennifer Lawrence now isn't influential both in the industry and for the current youth.

  • Selma | April 18, 2013 1:02 PMReply

    These actors really are major influences, whether people find that true or not. Daniel Day Lewis is a major influence on actors in general while ms. Lawrence might be an influence in the younger generation.

    What I find weird is Jodie Foster's writing. Seriously, I thought she went to college and was really smart, she want even use Caps Lock right?

    Though I don't understand why Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake made the list this year. Lots more people at this moment that are way more influential.

  • Elizabeth | April 19, 2013 5:53 PM

    Jennifer Lawrence talks about farting in her pants, and peeing and being a troll in the red carpet, and is seen smoking pot. Is this the influence that is being heralded by Time for the younger generation that you stated.
    And we're talking influential in the world.

  • Jeff | April 18, 2013 5:56 PM

    No. They're not. Parents, grandparents, teachers, friends, coworkers.....these are the people that influence our lives. Not Daniel Day Lewis or Jennifer Lawrence. Granted they may influence other actors, but not the world.

  • Yippee KaiYé | April 18, 2013 5:06 PM

    Lol @ Hans Grüber ^^^!

  • hans gruber | April 18, 2013 4:50 PM


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