Jay Z, Justin Timberlake and Mindy Kaling make the list Time's most influential people.
"A hoot. A gem. A gem with a killer stare." Jodie Foster put into words the fever America has come under for Jennifer Lawrence, Academy Award winner and ideal best friend. Lawrence tops Time's list of 100 Most Influential People and even graces one of its covers, the latest in the 22-year-old's growing list of accolades.
Time's list included obvious marquee names like Jay Z, who New York mayor Michael Bloomberg praises for his contribution to the city, his wife Beyonce, and Justin Timberlake, who has earned the approval of Stevie Wonder. Time also recognized up-and-coming talents like Mindy Kaling, the showrunner and star of the delightful Fox comedy "The Mindy Project," and musicians Frank Ocean and Miguel, who are each imprinting their own special brand on R&B. Cultural staples director Steven Spielberg, singer Christina Aguilera and artists Ed Ruscha made the list, as did the fresh faces of late night television, Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel. Time, through the words of Oprah, also honored Shonda Rhimes, the creative force behind "Scandal," one of the best dramas on television, and "Grey's Anatomy," now in its ninth season.
All in all, Time should be commended for featuring a list of cultural influencers rich in talent and in diversity. However, missing from Time's final list were Tina Fey and Amy Poehler (Time did include them in their 2013 poll). Fey made the Time 100 in 2009 and in 2007, to be fair, but in a year that many awards show hosts tanked, honoring two women who proved you can amuse everyone while offending no one (with the exception of maybe Taylor Swift) and breath new life in the tired awards show format would have been fitting.