Where do I start with this wonderful woman? If for some reason you don't know her name, you sure as hell watch one of her shows. Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder. Yes. This woman created some of the most compelling television last year and continues to completely dominate network TV - her three shows are shown back-to-back-to-back on ABC on a Thursday between 8-11pm which is network TV's most important slot. I do believe she is the first Black female showrunner (creator/exec producer of a TV show) and she is kicking some serious ass. I salute you, Shonda!
So I first became a fan of this lady waaay back in 2006 when she played Madolyn in my favourite film of all time The Departed. But it was when I start watching Bates Motel, a modern set prequel of the Hitchcock classic Pyscho did I really fall in all kinds of love for her. She plays Norma Bates and BOY does she play her. If you've never watched Bates Motel I suggest you do (season 1 is on Netflix so no excuses!)
Okay maybe this is cheating. I've loved Devon Sawa since this and this. But he pretty much shot to the top of my favourites list last year when I started watching CW show Nikita where plays a pretty badass ex-assassin. Plus he's a funny tweeter.
Amma Asante directed an absolutely gorgeous film Belle, about the illegitimate mixed-race daughter of a British Royal Navy Admiral during the British slave trade. This film was a phenomenal success both in the UK and the US and Ms. Asante is currently working on her follow-up - a US Studio produced feature. With Belle being just her second film, I am so unbelievably excited to see what comes next!
Ah Shawn. This is another little cheat, because I've been on the Hatosy-Bandwagon since Alpha Dog. But it was his turn as Sammy Bryant in one of my all time favourite TV shows Southland, which I absolutely devoured in a matter of weeks, that really made me dig this guy. He is unbelievably talented and we have another funny tweeter on our hands.
I totally don't even need a reason for this one, but I'll give you one. THE DOUBLE. Oh and I saw him on South Molton St in London last year looking rather dapper. So there's two.
Who were some of your favourite people last year?