Occupation: Actress
Biggest accomplishment this year: Receiving a Critics Choice Television Awards nomination, for A&E's Bates Motel

It's been a good year for Vera Farmiga, whose turn as Norma Bates on the A&E show Bates Motel has turned a lot of heads. The show has been both a critical and ratings success, and Farmiga herself was nominated for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Drama Actress. She'll also be appearing in the horror film The Conjuring this July, portraying a paranormal detective who helps a family suffering from some increasingly terrifying events occurring in their home. She'll also star in Middleton, a film not about the future queen but instead about a fictional college at which Farmiga and Andy Garcia fall in love while taking their kids on an admissions tour.