Every kid grows up dreaming of being on Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People list, going to the annual gala and having Amy Schumer purposefully fall right in front of you on the red carpet, right?
The magazine’s list of pioneers, artists, leaders, titans, icons (and Donald Trump) was announced on Thursday, pulling people from all spheres of influence, including some Hollywood types that made an impact this year.
Honorees in the entertainment industry range from everybody to Riz Ahmed and Sarah Paulson, to Ed Sheeran and James Corden, to Viola Davis and Emma Stone.
Providing a unique insight into their genius are writers like Meryl Streep, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Brie Larson and Taylor Swift, who are each paired with an honoree to sing their praises.
Check out highlights from the list below, as well as the covers featuring this year’s entertainers.
Meryl Streep on Viola Davis: “Viola has carved a place for herself on the Mount Rushmore of the 21st century – new faces emerging from a neglected mountain. And when she tells the story of how she got from where she was to where she is, it is as if she is on a pilgrimage, following her own footsteps and honoring that journey.
Her gifts as an artist are unassailable, undeniable, deep and rich and true. But her importance in the culture – her ability to identify it, her willingness to speak about it and take on responsibility for it – is what marks her for greatness.”
Brie Larson on Emma Stone: “What I really admire about Emma the person – as well as Emma the actor – is that she is never afraid to show us the most difficult thing you can show the world: yourself. What that entails is not always pretty. But with Emma, it is real, and it is beautiful.”