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Radcliffe Named EW's Performer of the Year; Plus Fincher on Pitt, Streep on Davis, Carell on Gosling

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood December 8, 2011 at 12:51PM

The "Harry Potter" finale gets a boost during its last award season push from EW's Entertainers of the Year issue, out December 9, which names Brit Daniel Radcliffe Performer of the Year, for his work in the global blockbuster "Harry Potter" as well as his Broadway musical success, "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying." Of facing challenging roles, the actor says: "When it becomes clear to me that something is going to be really hard work, there’s a voice inside my head that says, 'You shouldn’t probably do this, because you probably can’t do this'—but there’s another, much louder voice that becomes bullying and belligerent and wants to prove that other voice wrong."
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Daniel Radcliffe in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2"
Daniel Radcliffe in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2"

The "Harry Potter" finale gets a boost during its last award season push from EW's Entertainers of the Year issue, out December 9, which names Brit Daniel Radcliffe Performer of the Year, for his work in the global blockbuster "Harry Potter" as well as his Broadway musical success, "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying."  Of facing challenging roles, the actor says: "When it becomes clear to me that something is going to be really hard work, there’s a voice inside my head that says, 'You shouldn’t probably do this, because you probably can’t do this'—but there’s another, much louder voice that becomes bullying and belligerent and wants to prove that other voice wrong."

More tidbits below from EW, on what industry peers think of the year's best entertainers:

David Fincher on Brad Pitt: “People often think that actors who are that famous can’t be that talented. But then they see Brad in 'Moneyball' or 'The Tree of Life' and again squeal, 'Oh my God.' In an odd way, and I’m not sure how it’s possible, he gets to reemerge with every film.”

Meryl Streep on Viola Davis: "It’s her seeming reluctance to draw attention to herself that draws us in and pulls us close. It’s her interest in the quiet, the patient ones; and it’s her respect, the great respect she pays to those who bear unbearable burdens without a sound, that makes us lean in and listen and unable to turn away. Her modesty is her majesty.”

Steve Carell on Ryan Gosling: "I just think he’s capable of anything as an actor. And people have only begun to see what he can do.”

Woody Harrelson on Emma Stone: "Bill Murray, he only worked with Emma and me on Zombieland for 24 hours. But at the end of it, he said, 'That Emma is pure gold.' Believe me, it’s a much bigger statement than it sounds like because Bill doesn’t ever say that shit. He was knocked out by her. He really thought the sky was the limit for her—and it absolutely is. We’re just beginning to see what she’s capable of. She’s going to blow people’s minds.”

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.