AP Picks The Breakthrough Entertainers of the Year - In Pics

Movies | Associated Press | December 21, 2020, 8:31 pm
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 Making a breakthrough in pop culture during any year is hard. Doing it during a global pandemic is an entirely different thing. This year's five Associated Press’ Breakthrough Entertainers of the Year managed to create buzz and art against a year like no other. They brightened 2020 that badly needed light.<br /><br />They are Anya Taylor-Joy, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Daisy Edgar-Jones, Sarah Cooper and Finneas. These performers broke through into the mainstream and made a mark on entertainment this year.
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Making a breakthrough in pop culture during any year is hard. Doing it during a global pandemic is an entirely different thing. This year's five Associated Press’ Breakthrough Entertainers of the Year managed to create buzz and art against a year like no other. They brightened 2020 that badly needed light.

They are Anya Taylor-Joy, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Daisy Edgar-Jones, Sarah Cooper and Finneas. These performers broke through into the mainstream and made a mark on entertainment this year.

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 In a year when many people's output slackened, Anya Taylor-Joy seemed to find another gear: She played a meddling British brat in 'Emma,' a Russian mutant with teleportation powers in the latest 'X-Men' film, and an American orphan who turns out to be a chess phenom who can checkmate grown men by the time she’s 8 in 'The Queen’s Gambit.' Taylor-Joy said when she was a kid she dreamed of flying off to imaginary lands.
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In a year when many people's output slackened, Anya Taylor-Joy seemed to find another gear: She played a meddling British brat in 'Emma,' a Russian mutant with teleportation powers in the latest 'X-Men' film, and an American orphan who turns out to be a chess phenom who can checkmate grown men by the time she’s 8 in 'The Queen’s Gambit.' Taylor-Joy said when she was a kid she dreamed of flying off to imaginary lands. "Now as an adult, I’m like, ‘I live in Narnia.’ Like, this is amazing.” In a year like 2020, it was appropriate that millions escaped with her. (Image: AP)

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 Yahya Abdul-Mateen II's career may have started later than most, but he was all over 2020, in the films 'All Day and a Night' and Aaron Sorkin’s 'The Trial of the Chicago 7.' His year was highlighted with the Emmy for Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for his acclaimed performance as Dr Manhattan in HBO’s lauded series 'Watchmen.' (Photo by Drew Gurian/Invision/AP)
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Yahya Abdul-Mateen II's career may have started later than most, but he was all over 2020, in the films 'All Day and a Night' and Aaron Sorkin’s 'The Trial of the Chicago 7.' His year was highlighted with the Emmy for Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for his acclaimed performance as Dr Manhattan in HBO’s lauded series 'Watchmen.' (Photo by Drew Gurian/Invision/AP)

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 Despite lockdowns — and, in the case of Edgar-Jones, perhaps because of them, sending people desperate for a connection to her series 'Normal People.' (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
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Despite lockdowns — and, in the case of Edgar-Jones, perhaps because of them, sending people desperate for a connection to her series 'Normal People.' (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)

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 And while Billie Eilish is a sensation, it’s time her brother, Finneas O'Connell, is also celebrated. She won five honours at the Grammy Awards earlier this year, including album of the year for “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” But since Finneas produced, co-wrote and engineered that album, he walked away with six Grammys, one more than his sister.
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And while Billie Eilish is a sensation, it’s time her brother, Finneas O'Connell, is also celebrated. She won five honours at the Grammy Awards earlier this year, including album of the year for “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” But since Finneas produced, co-wrote and engineered that album, he walked away with six Grammys, one more than his sister.

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 It took a mere four months from when Sarah Cooper started posting videos of herself on TikTok lip-synching President Donald Trump to filming her own hourlong Netflix special alongside Helen Mirren. (Photo by Matt Licari/Invision/AP)
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It took a mere four months from when Sarah Cooper started posting videos of herself on TikTok lip-synching President Donald Trump to filming her own hourlong Netflix special alongside Helen Mirren. (Photo by Matt Licari/Invision/AP)

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