Hollywood Strikers, Barbie, and Taylor Swift Nominated as Finalists for Time’s “Person of the Year”



Hollywood is making a strong mark on Time’s radar for the 2023 Person of the Year, with finalists including the Hollywood strikers from WGA and SAG-AFTRA, Barbie, and Taylor Swift. Time’s annual Person of the Year, set to be revealed on Wednesday, aims to honor the individual, group, or concept that has had the most influence on the world in the past year, regardless of whether they are perceived as good, bad, or powerful.

The Hollywood strikers’ inclusion recognizes the transformative impact of labor unions on the industry this year. Taylor Swift’s global musical icon status, demonstrated by sold-out stadiums worldwide, and the success of the Barbie movie with its fresh take on the classic toy also contribute to the strong lineup of contenders.

Other notable finalists for 2023 include OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, King Charles III, Fed chairman Jerome Powell, Xi Jinping, Vladimir Putin, and Trump prosecutors. Time’s Person of the Year has historically featured political figures and investors, with entertainment figures making less frequent appearances.

The 2022 Person of the Year went to Ukraine president Volodomyr Zelensky and the “Spirit of Ukraine,” while Elon Musk claimed the title in 2021. President Biden and Vice President Harris received the honor in 2020.

Editorial Comment: “Time’s 2023 Person of the Year shortlist reflects the diverse and impactful forces shaping our world. From Hollywood’s labor unions driving industry transformations to Taylor Swift’s global musical influence, the contenders showcase the evolving landscape of influence beyond traditional realms. This year’s selection promises to capture the essence of the dynamic forces that have left an indelible mark on our collective consciousness.”