Total Film has named their Greatest Movie People of 2012, and Joss Whedon, Jennifer Lawrence, and Kathleen Kennedy top the list.
Joss Whedon is pretty much a no-brainer considering that he managed to bring 2012’s biggest blockbuster to the screen, earning rave reviews and audience devotion all at once. Under his name, Total Film added the following snipped, “The worst kept secret in Hollywood. The geek of geeks. And the only guy crazy enough to contemplate taking on the biggest blockbuster Marvel (and 2012, come to think of it) have to offer.”
Jennifer Lawrence is another shoo-in – after propelling the Hunger Games to the biggest female-action oriented hit of the century, she then earned critical raves and Oscar buzz as the damaged Tiffany in ‘Silver Linings Playbook’. Under her name, Total Film showed, “This was the year that Jennifer Lawrence started growing up. Obviously, we know the biggie: not content with having one franchise under her belt (see X-Men: First Class), she risked fan ire by taking on the role of Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games. So how did she grow up? Well, she nabbed a role in David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook. Not just any role – it’s the one that might grab her that elusive Oscar. Playing a troubled young woman, it’s a role typical of Lawrence, but that doesn’t mean she didn’t tackle it with characteristic guts. Keep those eyes peeled come Oscar season.”
The third name on the list is less of a household name among the general public – Kathleen Kennedy. However, those who have been following the news for the past few months have become used to hearing her name multiple times in the news – after all, she will now be steering the Star Wars franchise towards its next outing in 2015. Total Film says, “If you’d never heard of her before 2012 (if you lived on the moon, maybe), by the tail-end of 2012, Kennedy had become one of the most talked-about women working in movieland. Two words: Star Wars. When George Lucas handed Lucasfilm over to Disney, Kennedy stepped up as president of the beard’s ex-company. Which put her top of the pile when it comes to move-making in La-La-Land. Kathleen Kennedy – get used to the name. She’s already been in the industry for over 30 years, and she’s going to be around a little while longer.”
Others on the list include George Lucas, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy, Michael Fassbender, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway, and Chris Nolan, among many others.