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Chris Pratt's Pick
"Amy Schumer probably. She’s killing it. She’s hilarious. I loved Trainwreck, I loved her show, her HBO special was amazing, her book, everything about her, she’s f---ing hilarious. I got to spend some time with her and I don’t think I’ve ever hung out with anyone funnier. She had me in stitches. She’s entertaining and really f---ing cool."
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Kerry Washington's Pick
"My entertainer of the year would have to be Shonda [Rhimes], for sure. How could it not be? Her book is bananas good. You turn on the news and watch the weather and it says, 'Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, TGIT, Friday,' I feel like that makes you deserving of being entertainer of the year. You've taken over the calendar as we know it. The only person that's taken over a calendar that I know of is Jesus."
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Aziz Ansari's Pick
On Zahn McClarendon: "I love that Native-American guy on Fargo. Let’s give it to him! I just think that’s an incredible character, and it kind of goes to that essay [on diversity] I wrote. Don’t just think of these people for the stereotypical roles. He’s such a unique character, and I really enjoy his performance."
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O'Shea Jackson, Jr.'s Pick
"Trevor Noah of the Daily Show. Rookie of the year. It’s hard to be the guy after the guy. I like the show. Everybody has their feelings about Jon Stewart leaving. But that’s my vote. I feel his delivery is the same type of formula but he gives his own flavor. He’s not trying to be Jon. It’s more of a younger feel. Jon Stewart, the way he gives anecdotes, the way he’s making fun of politicians, that’s why you watch the show. At the same time, he’s giving his intelligent input. Trevor Noah has the same kind of flow. I dig it. I was going in there with red flags – I’m not going to lie. But he’s proven me wrong."
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Elizabeth Bank's Pick
"My Entertainer of the Year is the dinosaur that jumped up and ate the shark and then ate the T-Rex in Jurassic World. That was the best moment in the biggest movie of the year. It looked amazing. He was an awesome character. His motivations were clear. He accomplished his goals that he set out to do. He was surprising and I wanted to stand up and cheer."
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Ice Cube's Pick
“I nominate O’Shea Jackson Jr.! He not only has the biggest surprise performance of the year, he’s a real breakout." On how he would've reacted had his son's portrayal of him in Straight Outta Compton flopped, the rapper tells EW, "I would have felt sorry for him. If he did his best and it didn’t work, I wouldn’t have any regrets. But I would regret that he would probably get lampooned in the press and on the Internet. He would just go from being a cool kid spending my money to being the kid that messed up the NWA movie. Now he has his own money to spend. I think the kid’s sharp."
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Lin-Manuel Miranda's Picks
"I think Kendrick Lamar’s album was a reminder of how musically satisfying hip-hop can be. To me, that’s a 14-course meal at pick-your-favorite-restaurant. And it also references 60 years of black popular music, throws them all in a blender, and it’s still political, it’s personal, and it’s really a stunning achievement.
I also think Taylor Swift redefined how you interact with your audience. Like, daily. When you see her putting together care packages for the fans who talk to her every day, I understand that impulse, and she really goes there and she does the work and follows up and understands that in the best of circumstances, your art is a conversation — and she’s elevating that, through technology, to this level that we’ve never really seen before. So I’m very fascinated to see where that goes."
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Amy Schumer on Jennifer Lawrence
"She puts you completely at ease and you just feel. I don’t know what would be great about her for other people, I just trust her and love her and she puts you at ease. She’s the person you’d want to talk to after a break-up and also the person that you’d want to just get drunk with and go nuts. She’s just like - she’s an all inclusive package. She’s the funniest smartest person, it’s crazy that she’s so young."