We’ve had a look back at the guys who did the damn thang this year (which we hope you enjoyed reading), so now it’s time for the gals.
So without further ado (and in no particular order) here are DTSFT’s beauties of 2012:
Ah yes, DTSFT’s resident goddess. After repping it for the girls (along with Cobie Smulders) in the third biggest film of all time, Marvel Avengers Assemble, 2012 definitely became her year. Since then she has been unstoppable, playing Janet Leigh in Anthony Hopkins-led biopic, Hitchcock, and being awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. And is it just me, or is she getting prettier by the day? *sigh* What a doll.
Naomie Harris and Bérénice Marlohe
James Bond came back this year with a bang, but it wasn’t entirely down to Mr. Craig. Skyfall also gave us two beautiful Bond Girls (or should I say, Bond Women?). I won’t give away the plot for those of you who still haven’t seen it yet, but let’s just say that they were fantastic in it. I’m not entirely sure what these ladies have got planned for next year (although Bérénice Marlohe is apparently set to be in Terrence Malik’s new film), but we’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for it.
Sidenote: Ms Marlohe’s bod in that picture. Wow.
Dame Judi Dench
Being a Queen of the Screen, every year is Dame Judi Dench’s year, but this year was even more so because….
Again, for those of you who still haven’t seen Skyfall, then I won’t mention why. But for those of you who have… youknowhamtawkinbout’ right?
STAY DENCH JUDI DENCH!
The DTSFT Team are so proud of Jessica Ennis. There was a lot of pressure on her (as there was on all of Team GB) and we were all feeling quite anxious about the results. But we are happy to say that she won the gold in the heptathlon, which is pretty impressive – I mean, the 200m, the 800m, high jump, long jump, javelin, shot put AND hurdles? I would’ve passed out.
Deborah Nadoolman Landis
If you haven’t seen the Hollywood Costume Exhibition at the V&A Museum, you’re missing out. It really is magical, and it’s all thanks to Deborah Nadoolman Landis, who guest curated the exhibition. She is also a renowned costume designer herself, having created the looks for iconic characters such as The Blues Brothers, Indiana Jones and Prince Akeem Joffer in Coming To America, for which she was nominated for an Oscar. She has also written a number of books and has recently had talks in London, which Sophia had the pleasure of attending. And having bought one of her books myself, I think she is definitely one of our Women of the Year.
As 2012 brought the re-election of Barack Obama as President, it also meant the return of the first black First Lady, Michelle Obama. But she hasn’t just been sitting pretty at home in the White House, she’s been a very busy lady herself, by visiting homeless shelters and soup kitchens, hosting a reception for women’s rights advocates, and starting up her own organisation, ‘Let’s Move!’ which promotes exercise and healthy eating for children. She is a strong, smart, modern woman and for that she gets a place on our list.
Queen Elizabeth II
It was the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee this year, which brought all kinds of celebrations and special ceremonies, from the Thames Pageant (which looked amazing) to the Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace. She even managed to get the music legend Stevie Wonder to join in the fun. That’s dope, Your Majesty.
This flame-haired beauty has made the list because not only has she swept up countless awards for her roles in The Tree of Life, The Help, The Debt, Take Shelter, Texas Killing Fields and Coriolanus, but she was also in one of this year’s biggest films, Lawless, and she is set to star in Zero Dark Thirty, the eagerly awaited second film from Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow. And on top of all that, she’s a lovely person and absolutely stunning. It’s been a busy year for her and we reckon it’s only going to get busier.
Ellie Simmonds had a great run in this year’s Paralympics, bringing home four – yes, four, count them – medals. She was a clear example of courage, determination and strength and we’re all very proud.
She may look like a total cutie, but don’t let her pretty smile fool you. AZ’s music is dirtier than dishwater and her tongue-whipping lyrics are enough to make a nun pass out, but they’re so ridiculously catchy and I always have them on repeat on my mp3 player. Her mixtape, Fantasea, was out this year and it was a massive hit (she previously released an EP before that called 1991, which is also brilliant), and her UK tour in October was completely sold out (I went to see her at Shepherd’s Bush O2 Empire in London – awesome). She has featured on songs for Scissor Sisters, Lady Gaga and Kanye West, and her debut album, Broke With Expensive Taste, is due in February next year. And all at just 21 years old. Damn, Little Bam!
This year’s Emmy Awards belonged to Homeland, where not only did they get Best Drama Series, but Damien Lewis won Best Actor, and Claire Danes won Best Actress, which was much deserved. Her engaging performance as Carrie has kept us glued to our screens ever since the first episode.
The driving force behind Skyfall and many other Bond films, including GoldenEye, The World Is Not Enough, Octopussy (where she was Assistant Director) and The Living Daylights (on which she was Associate Producer). When the original producer and director, and Barbara Broccoli’s father, Albert “Cubby” Broccoli, died in 1996, she took over the reins (along with her stepbrother Michael G. Wilson) and she has been doing a fantastic job ever since. We personally can’t wait to see the next films, of which we hope there are many!
Kate McKinnon joined Saturday Night Live this year shortly before Kristen Wiig left – and she is a worthy (dare I say, better?) replacement. Everybody would agree that Kristen Wiig is up there with Poehler, Radner and Fey as properly funny women on SNL, and while this current season’s female cast features some all-round fantastic talent, McKinnon has proven herself in a very short time to be an extremely skilled and versatile comedic actress. Her first live speaking part ever (she had a part in a recorded segment) featured her hilarious impersonation of Penelope Cruz in a sketch with Sofia Vergara. Watch this clip and keep in mind that this is her debut sketch on the show. Then watch to the end, through the Hunger Games clip, and see Bill Hader (with the blue hair) pointing at her during the wrap-up – he did the exact same thing to Kristen Wiig when she first started on the show. Watch out for McKinnon’s killer impressions on SNL – Ellen Degeneres is probably my favourite one of hers. Funny, funny woman, and I wish her a long and successful tenure at SNL.
I recently saw Silver Linings Playbook and I’m pretty sure that I’m now in love with Jennifer Lawrence. I’m ashamed to say that I haven’t seen Winter’s Bone yet, so I’ve actually only seen her in three things – X-Men: First Class, The Hunger Games and Silver Linings Playbook. Pretty sure I’d watch her in anything though. I considered watching House at the End of the Street purely for her and am irrationally annoyed that on posters and trailers she is ‘The Hunger Games‘ Jennifer Lawrence’ rather than ‘Academy Award-nominated Jennifer Lawrence’. She’s EARNT that! She’s 22 for crying out loud. And she’s being tipped for another Oscar nom for Silver Linings Playbook. AND she’s filmed another film with Bradley Cooper. AND it’s set in the 1930s. AND X-Men: Days of Future Past is coming out in 2014. AND The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is out in November. (I’ve become a bit of a fangirl… I blame… I’ve got nothing.) Also, there’s this. How could you not love her?
Marilyn Monroe and Agatha Christie
Now, these two have probably never been mentioned in the same sentence before but they are two of my favourite women ever. So, you’re probably thinking, this is Women of the Year 2012 and they’re both…for lack of a nicer word, dead. True. But this year is notable for the two for different reasons.
(The wallpaper on my phone.)
The 5th August 2012 marked 50 years since Monroe’s untimely death in 1962. She was 36. I’m not going to list conspiracy theories about ‘who murdered Marilyn’ I’m just acknowledging the fact that her death was 50 years ago. And, because of this, there were a number of exhibitions relating to Monroe across the world. Two small ones in London (both free – always better) were the Marilyn Exhibition at the Getty Images Gallery and Marilyn Monroe: A British Love Affair at the National Portrait Gallery. (There was also the Marilyn Monroe: Hollywood Legend exhibition at the Hollywood Museum in California. I wish I could travel between UK and the US easily. Damn.) The Getty Images exhibition was amazing – you can buy the prints! I’m in debt in my mind. The NPG exhibition was a bit disappointing in comparison. But they did have some nice promotional material from cinemas so that was ok – the ones that included Some Like it Hot were amazing. Obviously.
Agatha Christie receiving a mousetrap from John Mills and Richard Attenborough in 1958. The year ‘The Mousetrap’ became a world record holding show.
2012 marked The Mousetrap‘s 60th year on the West End. 60 years. That’s insane. To celebrate there was a one-off performance with a special cast – including Julie Walters, Hugh Bonneville, Tamsin Greig and Sir Patrick Stewart. This special performance took place on the 18th November, after one rehearsal three hours earlier. The cast also unveiled the Agatha Christie memorial that is opposite the theatre. I wasn’t there for any of it. I don’t think I’ll ever get over it. Maybe in time for the 75th anniversary – it shows no sign of stopping! Long live Agatha Christie and period murder mystery!