Kathryn Bigelow

Lady Gaga, Conan O’Brien Are TIME Magazine’s Most Influential Artists

Lady Gaga, TIME Magazine’s Most Influential Artists

Lady Gaga, TIME Magazine’s Most Influential Artists

Lady Gaga and Conan O’Brien are the world’s most influential artists. TIME magazine has unveiled their annual TIME 100 issue, in which it names 100 names that make it to the World’s Most Influential People list. The magazine divided their categories into four – Leaders, Heroes, Artists, and Thinkers – with 25 names in each. The “Telephone” hitmaker and the ousted “Tonight Show” host came in at first and second place respectively in the Artists category. “The Hurt Locker” director Kathryn Bigelow, media mogul Oprah Winfrey, and Russian opera conductor Valery Gergiev round up the top 5. Also making the list are “Twilight” tween heartthrob Robert Pattinson, Neil Patrick Harris, Lost showrunners Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof, pop country songstress Taylor Swift and “Glee” star Lea Michele. Today’s hot topic, Sandra Bullock, is at 22nd, while Simon Cowell, Elton John, and James Cameron are at 15th, 17th, and 25th respectively. Ben Stiller places fourth in the Heroes category, along with Jet Li (18th), and Serena Williams (19th). Bill Clinton leads the list. TIME 100 Most influential People of 2010 (Artists):
1. Lady Gaga
2. Conan O’Brien
3. Kathryn Bigelow
4. Oprah Winfrey
5. Valery Gergiev
6. Robert Pattinson
7. Ashton Kutcher
8. Suzanne Collins
9. Taylor Swift
10. Neil Patrick Harris
11. Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof
12. Prince
13. Lea Michele
14. Jerry Holins and Mike Krahulik
15. Simon Cowell
16. Neill Blomkamp
17. Elton John
18. Marc Jacobs
19. David Chang
20. Banksy
21. Chetan Bhagat
22. Sandra Bullock
23. Ricky Gervais
24. Han Han
25. James Cameron

Oscar Opens a Pandora’s Box

Oscar Opens a Pandora's Box

Oscar Opens a Pandora's Box

The last time Oscar presenters had to rattle off 10 names in the Best Picture category was in 1943, when “Casablanca” sealed its beautiful friendship with moviegoers.  History has proven the Academy Award voters correct in choosing “Casablanca” from a formidable group of contenders that included “For Whom the Bell Tolls” and “Heaven Can Wait.”  On Sunday, we’ll again be treated to scenes from 10 Best Picture hopefuls – a move spurred by last year’s outrage over the snubbing of “The Dark Knight,” a fan and critic favorite that didn’t even make the longtime standard list of five nominees.  But with this year’s mix ranging from box office behemoths like “Avatar” to more subtle fare like “An Education,” we’re in for a game of Oscar roulette. There’s a chance that a split vote could yield a top flick that will please just about no one – save, of course, for the winner. While “Casablanca” has done well with posterity, not every pre-1943 winner from fields that raged from five to 12 stands up to subjective scrutiny all these years later. “The Great Ziegfeld” topped nine competitors in 1936, beating the more enduring “Mr. Deeds Goes to Town” and “A Tale of Two Cities.” The next year, “The Life of Emile Zola” somehow bested “Captains Courageous,” “The Awful Truth,” “Lost Horizon,” “A Star is Born” and five others.  Perhaps the biggest upset of the long-list nominee era came in 1941 when the very good “How Green Was My Valley” won out over nine films that included “The Maltese Falcon” and “Citizen Kane.”  The visually innovative and psychologically aware “Citizen Kane” was an industry game-changer – much like “Avatar,” whose enveloping 3-D performance-capture technology already is exercising an influence. “Avatar,” not incidentally, also is the biggest moneymaker of all-time (though when you adjust for inflation 1939 Best Picture winner “Gone With the Wind” is still the champ).  More than just the denizens of Pandora will be blue if “Avatar” loses the top prize. But “The Hurt Locker” and “Precious” are strong contenders, both with themes and backstories that appeal to Oscar voters. If “The Hurt Locker” wins, it would become the first Oscar winner directed by a woman (Kathryn Bigelow). If “Precious” wins, it would be the first Best Picture directed by an African-American (Lee Daniels).  There’s also added drama here, the kind Academy voters love: “Avatar” director James Cameron and Bigelow used to be married, also raising the tension for the Best Director contest, which includes Daniels. mWhile those three movies have gotten the most pre-Oscar buzz, it’s possible that this year’s revised ballot – in which Academy voters ranked their favorites in order – could yield a surprise winner.  We could live with a victory by the excellent “Up,” “Inglourious Basterds” or “District 9.” The Hollywood honchos are just hoping to avoid a situation like last year when the worthy, but below-the-radar “Slumdog Millionaire” took the Oscar home.  The truth is that many viewers probably will shut off the TV in disgust if “Avatar” doesn’t win.  So here’s some advice to “Avatar” fans: focus on the years Oscar got it right, such as in 1943 with “Casablanca.”  And remember, no matter what happens, we’ll always have Pandora.

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