Donald Glover & Barry Jenkins Are Just 2 of the Most Powerful Newbies in Hollywood
There's a fresh crop of figures that are making their first appearance on The Hollywood Reporter's 100 Most Powerful People in Entertainment list; you might be surprised to see who these newcomers are. The list, true to its name, typically features the 100 most major actors, producers, writers, directors and studio execs who are making Tinseltown run like a well-oiled machine. Noted for their ability to innovate, reinvent and reinvigorate various areas of the entertainment industry, these big names are ones to watch as their careers grow.
Perhaps the most notable newcomers to the Top 100 are the actors and directors who have dominated award season and who have made some of the most raved-about blockbusters in 2017. This list of newbies includes: actor/director Jordan Peele (Get Out, The Key & Peele Show), director Patty Jenkins (Wonder Woman), director Barry Jenkins (Moonlight), actor Chris Pratt (Passengers, Jurassic World), actor Donald Glover (Atlanta, Spider-Man: Homecoming) and director Damien Chazelle (La La Land).
It's not difficult to imagine why these newbies have made the list and stand among titans of industry like Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy, Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey, Dwayne Johnson and Robert Downey Jr. For example, both Jenkins and Chazelle directed one of the most awarded and critically praised movies that were nominated at the 2017 Oscars. Director Patty Jenkins's second feature film, Wonder Woman, is set to hit the $600 million mark for worldwide box office receipts this weekend, and that's mostly because the film itself — which features a female superhero who subverts major superhero tropes with great success — is one of the most talked-about and seen movies of the summer.
The list is a hefty one to be sure, but make no mistake. The fact that these fresh faces have made the cut can only mean they'll be on to bigger and better things in the near future.