What a wild year it’s been! But with 2021 on the horizon and fresh starts just around the corner, it’s always nice to take a look back and celebrate the performers that really made this year shine.
Samuel L. Jackson
A much beloved actors for countless years, Jackson proved yet again that he is the star. The highest grossing actor internationally and nationally, he had a huge 2019 with Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home—a year that helped carry him through to the top of the list this year.
Runner-up is the charismatic ex-wrestler who proves that you don’t need to be classically trained to bring in fame and adulation. The lockdown kept his year relatively quiet, but last year seemed nonstop with the release of Jumanji: The Next Level and Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw.
Each year a star bids the stage adieu, and this year, it was the celebrated Chadwick Boseman. Hurtled to fame as the titular Black Panther, he was a star with a lot of promise and potential. Unfortunately, he lost his battle with cancer, putting his brief but incredible 16-year career to a close.
Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr. is nothing if not a testament to the individual’s ability to overcome. After finally beating a lifelong drug addiction, he was signed on by Disney to play Tony Stark and the rest is history. In addition to his charismatic portrayals of every character he’s cast as, he is a master of social media, interacting daily with his fans.
Unlike many Hollywood starlets, Olsen keeps out of the tabloids, preferring to let her career speak for itself in terms of acting quality. Though another Marvel star, her choice of roles is broad and diverse, a choice that keeps her from the dreaded typecasting stigma.