Natalie Portman’s having quite the 2012. First, she won the Best Actress Oscar for her hysterical/weepy performance in Black Swan. Then she had a baby, or something. But the finest honor was announced today: Portman’s topped the list of IMDB’s Top Stars of 2011, as decided by user hits on an actor’s IMDB page. She unseated Johnny Depp, who’s apparently ranked #1 for six of the last seven years — he moves to #3, while Mila Kunis shoots into the #2 slot.
Also appearing in the Top 10, in order, were Emma Stone, Chris Hemsworth, Olivia Wilde, Jennifer Lawrence, Ryan Gosling and Christian Bale, a fine list of talented/good-looking actors who appeared in some quality movies this year. (Never mention Cowboys & Aliens, never.) Quality of selection process aside, it’s a nice look at Stars People Cared About In 2011, something you don’t always get from the typical award shows. IMDB is the world’s greatest test of popularity, as decided by people who like to yell a lot on the Internet. Do you remember when, for like six months, The Dark Knight was voted up as the Best Movie Of All-Time? (Of course you don’t, because it’s dumb.) Now it’s merely number 9, but still. That’s the type of shouty hubris I want from my lists, not anything "objective" or "meaningful."
Kudos to Natalie, even if her discussion board is filled with topics like "WHY is she sexy," "She so should’ve played Bella in Twilght [sic]…," and "Is it a jew?" Good luck for a killer 2012, as well. (More babies? More Thor? More weeping? Stay tuuuuuuuuuuuuned!)