While politicians, activists, and leaders also covered the list, Hollywood heavyweights snagged spots as well…
Miley Cyrus (written by Dolly Parton):
"I’m hoping that now she can relax and show people how talented she really is. ’Cause the girl can write. The girl can sing. The girl is smart. And she doesn’t have to be so drastic. But I will respect her choices. I did it my way, so why can’t she do it her way?"
Matthew McConaughey (written by Richard Linklater):
"Matthew loves people—simple as that. His goal is to connect, to translate, to listen, to be heard, to ascend one more step in this work in progress called life."
Benedict Cumberbatch (written by Colin Firth):
"It’s rare to the point of outlandish to find so many variables in one actor, including features which ought to be incompatible: vulnerability, a sense of danger, a clear intellect, honesty, courage — and a rather alarming energy. I take no pleasure in feeling humbled, but there’s no getting around it."
Pharrell Williams (written by Justin Timberlake):
"He injects that vibrant energy into the music in a way that you can feel. Whether it’s the chord changes that remind you of another time or the melody that instantly grabs you, you are transported to another place. You smile, you dance, you clap along. His music actually does make you happy. Maybe that’s why he still looks younger than the rest of us."
Carrie Underwood (written by Brad Paisley):
"So many young girls want to be just like her. In that sense, I see hope for the world. If I had a daughter, nothing would make me happier than to hear her say she wanted to grow up to be like Carrie Underwood."
Seth Meyers (written by Amy Poehler):
"His ability to connect his big-picture brain with his compassionate attention to detail makes him a great host and a loyal friend. He is a sharp performer and superior writer. But his biggest talent is the delight he takes in helping others look good."
Kerry Washington (written by Valerie Jarrett):
"In her role as Olivia Pope, Scandal’s unflappable political fixer, Kerry Washington has used her grace and vibrant magnetism to transcend age, race and gender, and to provide a new mainstream media lens through which to view modern womanhood and professional excellence."
Amy Adams (written by Emily Blunt):
"There’s a certain mystique about Amy that helps the audience go with her on this chameleon of a career, from Enchanted to The Fighter to American Hustle. And I don’t think she’s discovered her full bag of tricks even yet."
Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (Let It Go songwriters) (written by Trey Parker and Matt Stone):
"Matt has a 3-year-old daughter who is obsessed with Frozen, and he hears the song “Let It Go” about 50 times a day. It’s like some of Bobby and Kristen’s musical DNA is going right into her — and little kids around the world."
John Green (writer of The Fault In Our Stars) (written by Shailene Woodley):
"Some say that through his books, John gives a voice to teenagers. I humbly disagree. I think John hears the voices of teenagers. He acknowledges the intelligence and vulnerability that stem from those beautiful years when we are, for the first time, discovering the world and ourselves outside of our familial stories."
Steve McQueen (written by Lupita Nyong’o):
"His storytelling is all about creating genuine emotional exchanges between the actors. He’s always in search of the truthful moment that will give the audience real human access to difficult issues. He’s a visionary in that way."
Robin Wright (written by Naomi Watts):
"She was mesmerizing. In person, I was struck by how bright and bold she was — girlish and delicate but also full of spunk and fire. When I worked with her on the film Adore, I was left with my eyes popping and jaw slack."
Robert Redford (written by Harvey Weinstein):
"If you’re lucky enough to hang out with Bob Redford, get ready for an opinionated, brilliant, insightful discussion of moviemaking from the point of view of a legendary actor and pioneering director-producer. Just prepare to pay the check."