And Entertainment Weekly’s 2013 Entertainer of the Year is…
Sandra Bullock. Congrats are in order, or at least whatever you do when you win an EW Entertainer of the Year title. Snark aside, it’s been a fantastic year for the 49-year-old actress. This summer, she co-starred alongside Melissa McCarthy in the season’s most successful comedy The Heat, which garnered mostly positive notices from critics (I wasn’t too impressed by it). And of course, this fall she was front and center in Alfonso Cuaron’s searing space-set nail-biter Gravity which has already earned upwards of $240 million domestically – putting it on track to become her highest grossing film to date. It’s also likely to score her a well-deserved second Oscar nomination. Interestingly, Bullock becomes the first person to ever win the Entertainer of the Year title twice. She previously “won” it in 2009 for her infamous “comeback” year – when she coincidentally also starred in a hit summer comedy (The Proposal) and a fall drama (The Blind Side) that became an even bigger hit and won her the Oscar. Will history repeat itself this year at the Academy? Cate Blanchett says “Unlikely!” but stranger things have happened. Just go back to 2009 and ask Meryl Streep and Carrie Mulligan.
If you’re wondering, here’s the entire list of previous EW Entertainer of the Year winners. Why do I know this? I was bored.
1990 – Bart Simpson
For “Eat my shorts!” and the year The Simpsons broke into pop culture.
1991 – Jodie Foster
For, I assume, The Silence of the Lambs
1992 – The Cast of SNL
For that Golden 90s era with Dana Carvey, Mike Myers, Chris Farley, Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Phil Hartman, Julia Sweeney, David Spade and Rob Schneider.
1994 – Tom Hanks
For winning an Oscar for Philadelphia and then following it up with Forrest Gump.
1995 – Friends
The one where this show became a cultural phenomenon.
1996 – Rosie O’Donnell
1997 – Ellen DeGeneres
For Ellen, and for coming out on TV. I was too young for this watercooler moment.
1998 – Leonardo DiCaprio
For Leomania and stealing the minds of every teenage girl in the world. Oh, and Titanic.
1999 – Ricky Martin
For, I’m guessing “Livin’ La Vida Loca”?
2000 – Russell Crowe
For netting an Oscar nomination for The Insider, for becoming an Oscar winner and superstar with Gladiator, and for sleeping with Meg Ryan and destroying her marriage with Dennis Quaid. That’s entertainment… Oy!
2001 – Nicole Kidman
For dealing with that (very) public divorce with Cruise, and then following it up with a career-breakthrough in Moulin Rouge and The Others.
2002 – Denzel Washington
For finally being respected as one of the finest leading men in Hollywood, and for becoming the first African American actor to win two Oscars (Training Day, Glory), and of course, for being Mr. Reliable at the box office.
2003 – The Lord of the Rings
For the cast and crew, specifically Peter Jackson – for taking us on an incredible journey to Middle Earth and back over three unforgettable Decembers. I still can’t believe they pulled this off. A miracle, really.
2004 – Jon Stewart
For being generally awesome, and all that jazz.
2005 – Lost
For riveting and confounding us during that magical first season – something the show tried to capture for its next six seasons and failed.
2006 – Greys Anatomy
No clue. I never understood the hyseteria behind this one.
2007 – JK Rowling
For introducing us to “the boy who lived” and for a decade of unforgettable memories. Oh, bittersweet memories.
2008 – Robert Downey Jr.
For proving that it doesn’t matter if you’ve spent the better half of the 90s coked out and being someone’s else’s bitch in prison. All it takes is incredible talent, charisma and a little superhero called Iron Man.
2009 – Sandra Bullock
For proving women can still be box office stars in a male dominated industry at the age of 45.
2010 – Taylor Swift
For expertly playing the victim card to boogie man Kanye, putting out a terrific album and winning the heartland’s um… heart.
2011 – Harry Potter/Daniel Radcliffe
For the grand finale of one of cinema’s most ambitious and successful movie series.
2012 – Ben Affleck
For reinventing himself from the laughing stock of Hollywood a decade earlier to the A-list director of Argo.
2013 – Sandra Bullock
For Gravity, The Heat, and once again proving that you can still be Hollywood’s most bankable superstar at age 49.