Class of '17: Jordan Peele, Kumail Nanjiani and Greta Gerwig
One parlayed a career as an incisive comedian into a bid for becoming this generation's most socially astute horror filmmaker; one turned his real-life tragedy into a first-rate romantic tragicomedy and established himself as a bona fide leading man; one took a teen coming-of-age tale and infused it with chops, heart, soul and guts. All of them gave supporting roles to veteran actors that brought out the best in them. All of them proved that smart, funny, frightening, critically praised, crowd-favored, financially successful hit movies were not the sole province of white males – and in the case of Jordan Peele's Get Out, that they could be one of the biggest box-office home runs of the year. Hollywood is now listening to them, but to be honest, they'd be telling these stories and making these movies regardless. We'll be talking about Peele's gamechanging horror flick, Kumail Nanjiani and friends' crazysexycool The Big Sick and Greta Gerwig's pitch-perfect Lady Bird for years to come. We can't wait to see what they do next.