People magazine has named George Clooney, Dr Anthony Fauci, Selena Gomez and Regina King as the ‘2020 People of the Year’.The magazine revealed its list Wednesday morning (12.15am Thursday AEDT) as part of a year-end double issue with four covers. The …
People magazine has named George Clooney, Dr Anthony Fauci, Selena Gomez and Regina King as the '2020 People of the Year'.
The magazine revealed its list Wednesday morning (12.15am Thursday AEDT) as part of a year-end double issue with four covers. The four will be celebrated for their positive impact in the world during a challenging 2020.
Clooney, Fauci, Gomez and King will be separately featured on the magazine covers of the issue, which is out Friday.
Clooney has received some Oscar buzz for his upcoming film The Midnight Sky, but the actor was also in spotlight for his advocacy work. He donated US$500,000 ($679k) to the Equal Justice Initiative in wake of George Floyd's death and US$1 million ($1.4m) for COVID-19 relief efforts in Italy, London and Los Angeles.
As America's top infectious disease expert, Fauci provided steady guidance during the turbulent pandemic. As the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, he has been one of the country's leading sources of information about the fight against COVID-19.
Gomez released her chart-topping album Rare and hosted the cooking show Selena + Chef on HBO Max. But the pop superstar also spread her message of inclusion through her makeup brand Rare Beauty, which set the goal of raising US$100 million ($136m) in 10 years to help give people access to mental health initiatives.
King, who won an Emmy in September, used her voice to encourage people to vote. The actor also called for support of marginalised communities during the pandemic and end police brutality of unarmed Black people. Her directorial debut, One Night in Miami, has also been talked about as a possible Oscar contender.
Of their choices, Editor-in-chief Dan Wakeford wrote on social media: "This year we have all made sacrifices; we've had our endurance tested. Yet we've found ways to help our neighbours, local businesses, frontline workers and more. That spirit is behind our choices, we chose people who have not just wowed us with their talent, but have been a force for good in the world."
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