Viola Davis, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone Among TIME's 100 Influential People 2017
TIME reveals 100 most influential people around the world. Fresh off their Oscar wins, "Fences" actress Viola Davis and "La La Land" star Emma Stone are among the Hollywood names making to the list. They are joined by "Deadpool" hunk Ryan Reynolds.
The others include James Corden, Chance the Rapper, John Legend, Ashley Graham, Leslie Jones, Alicia Keys, Demi Lovato, Margot Robbie, and Ed Sheeran. Meanwhile, the likes of Meryl Streep, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Brie Larson and Taylor Swift each pen an essay to praise each honoree.
Streep gushes about 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."
Larson applauds 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."
Swift says of best friend Sheeran, "A few years ago, in a rare moment of admitting feeling defeated, Ed said to me, 'I'm never going to win a Grammy.' Yes, you are, I said. You're going to sweep the whole thing one of these years ... A few weeks later ... [he] said, 'You have to hear this.' It was a song he'd just finished called 'Thinking Out Loud,' which would go on to win Song of the Year at the 2016 Grammy Awards."
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