Sandra Bullock has been named People magazine's Woman of the Year!
"Through this entire year she showed a quiet strength and resilience," says People staff editor Michelle Tan.
Michael Douglas also made the magazine's list of the 25 most intriguing people of 2010. After undergoing grueling treatments for stage 4 throat cancer, the actor ended the year with a family vacation to Disney World and a Golden Globe nomination.
Elizabeth Smart is on the list for dealing with her kidnapper's trial with such grace.
"Elizabeth Smart went through the trial of a lifetime, having to confront her abductor, and now as a result she's actually considering becoming a prosecutor," says Tan.
Of course, Prince William and his future bride, Kate Middleton, are on the list. So is Elin Nordegren, Tiger Woods's ex-wife, because she was such a class act as the world learned about her husband's rampant infidelity. People also calls Sarah Palin, love her or hate her, one of the year's most intriguing people.
"Palin proved herself to be endlessly fascinating because she continues to reinvent herself. She was an author, politician, and now this year she starred in her own reality show that showcased her home state Alaska," explains Tan.