By Darren Franich
Updated March 15, 2010 at 09:21 PM EDT
Credit: Kevin Mazur/WireImage

Image Credit: Kevin Mazur/WireImageFriends, the Kate Winslet/Sam Mendes divorce has left me heartbroken. Maybe I’m just a romantic, but I found their relationship truly inspirational. She was the Oscar-winning, fantastically talented (and irrepressibly charming, and ridonk gorgeous) actress of her generation. He was the Oscar-winning theater wunderkind-turned-movie maestro. They weren’t anywhere near the top of the Forbes list of Top-Earning couples, but they had a certain admirable quality that went beyond their earnings potential.

Coming so soon after the Robbins/Sarandon split, it feels to me like there’s a hole at the top of the Celebrity Power Couple Pyramid. PopWatchers, who are your nominations to fill the void in our hearts? Here are some ideas to get you started:

Ben Affleck & Jennifer Garner: I’m 90 percent sure that the warm healing glow of Bennifer 2.0 was a big factor in Affleck’s mid-decade career shift from washed-up man-meat to witty character actor and brilliant writer-director. Another plus: they don’t mind spoofing themselves in video form.

Beyoncé & Jay-Z: Like Mendes and Winslet, these two icons are equally successful in very different ways. He’s the rap god who became a music mogul. She’s the pop princess who became a multimedia Queen. They keep an admirably low public profile, unlike…

Demi Moore & Ashton Kutcher: Twitter’s First Couple has redefined “approachability” by letting the public know exactly what they’re doing and thinking every minute of every day. They’re a postmodern Hollywood couple, which is probably what we deserve.

Ellen DeGeneres & Portia de Rossi: The future Daytime Queen and the Better Off Ted/Arrested Development star are easily the funniest couple in Hollywood. Their careers are admittedly a bit lopsided success-wise, but their adorability factor is off the charts.

Zac Efron & Vanessa Hudgens: They sing, they dance, they’re young and beautiful…there are just so many reasons to hate the High School Musical couple. But unlike other pop-tart starlets, they both seem focused on breaking out of the tween ghetto and having real careers. Mark this as a wait-and-see, but don’t be surprised if, fifty years from now, they’re the next Hume Cronyn & Jessica Tandy.

Who are you favorite Pop Culture Power Couples, PopWatchers? Don’t you hate that Kate Winslet’s appearance on Extras feels so bittersweet now?é