Black Widow star Scarlett Johansson, singer-songwriter Britney Spears, and actor Kate Winslet are among the celebrities who made it to the list of most influential people of the year as per Time magazine. The annual list awards space to people from different fields who influenced the world in some way.
Ted Lasso headliner Jason Sudeikis, rapper Lil Nas X, Oscar-winning director Chloe Zhao, Judas, and the Black Messiah actor Daniel Kaluuya, Minari’s Steven Yeun, among others are on the list.
The presence of Johansson in Time 100 list is clearly the result of her ongoing lawsuit with Disney, whose subsidiary Marvel Studios has employed her in the role of Natasha Romanoff or Black Widow since 2008’s Iron Man. The ongoing conflict between Johansson and Disney is regarding her standalone movie’s hybrid release that she claims cost her $50 million in bonuses.
Jamie Lee Curtis explained the reason behind Johansson’s inclusion. She wrote, “I recently watched her own the screen as the Black Widow, who exacts revenge on a powerful figure who manipulates (emphasis on man) women to fight for him. And then I saw her brilliant response to a real-life manipulation (same emphasis), when she filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit against the studio, alleging its decision to release the film simultaneously in theaters and on streaming cost her substantial losses in pay.”
Britney Spears, who has been engaged in a legal battle with her father to end her conservatorship, also made it to the list. For those who are not aware, her father, Jamie Spears, has been in control of her life and finances since 2008 due to a court order in the wake of her hospitalization and concerns about her mental health. She recently got engaged to longtime boyfriend Sam Asghari.
Paris Hilton wrote about her, “Despite the darkness that has surrounded her life, Britney embodies joy and shares the light of her beautiful heart, forever the superstar. So we stand by her and root for her as she turns pain into purpose, her unwavering spirit stronger than ever.”
However, Grammy winner Billie Eilish topped the list alongside gymnast Sunisa Lee, civil rights attorney Ben Crump and fashion designer Aurora James.