Occupation: Actress
Biggest accomplishment this year: Starring on ABC's hit drama series, and social media sensation, Scandal

After scoring a big hit with her performance in Django Unchained, Kerry Washington has taken it up another level with Scandal, the most talked about show on network TV right now. Earlier this year, People Magazine year ranked her as No. 2 on their 100 Most Beautiful People list, eclipsed only by her pal Gwyneth Paltrow. She also was given the honor of being named the commencement speaker at her alma mater, George Washington University. Less prestigious was her role in Tyler Perry Presents Peeples, a rare flop for Perry that had the tough task of going up against the second week of Iron Man 3 and the opening week of The Great Gatsby.