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TIME 100 List & Movie Figures: Harvey Weinstein, Jessica Chastain And More

The Huffington Post  |  By Posted: 04/18/2012 12:06 pm Updated: 04/18/2012 12:06 pm

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The TIME 100 list, TIME magazine's annual countdown of the most influential people in the world, arrived on newsstands on Wednesday, and of course Harvey Weinstein made the cut.

Harvey had a tremendous year in 2011. The Weinstein Company CEO brought Best Picture-winning "The Artist" to American shores and helped Meryl Streep break her 29-year Oscar statuette drought by producing "The Iron Lady." Streep won Best Actress for playing Margaret Thatcher in the film, beating out Viola Davis, who also made the TIME 100 list.

Weinstein has long been known for his cantankerous attitude, something Johnny Depp -- who wrote about Weinstein for the issue and starred in the Weinstein-produced "Finding Neverland" -- noted in his piece.

"No one gets to the top without the occasional scrap," wrote Depp. "While he's certainly the charming servant to film he purports to be, Harvey isn't afraid of a duke-'em-out. (I've had the pleasure of being both his ally and his enemy at various times.) He stops at nothing for what he believes in."

To that end, Weinstein was recently in the news for his tireless battle with the MPAA over the R-rating given to the documentary "Bully," about the bullying epidemic in American schools. The film was given a PG-13 after Weinstein and director Lee Hirsch made some edits, but didn't touch a key scene that contained multiple uses of the F-word.

In addition to Weinstein and Davis, other celebrities on the list include Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Louis C.K. and Chelsea Handler. Maybe next year, Scott Rudin!

[via TIME]

PHOTOS: Harvey Weinstein & Friends

  • Harvey Weinstein & Leonardo DiCaprio

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 15: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio (L) and Producer Harvey Weinstein attend The Weinstein Company's 2012 Golden Globe Awards After Party with Chopard, Marie Claire and HP at The Beverly Hilton hotel on January 15, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for TWC)

  • Harvey Weinstein & Meryl Streep

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 14: Actress Meryl streep and producer Harvey Weinstein attend BAFTA Los Angeles' 18th annual Awards Season Tea Party held at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on January 14, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images For BAFTA Los Angeles)

  • Harvey Weinstein & Katie Couric

    NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 01: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Katie Couric and Harvey Weinstein attend the New York Giants Super Bowl Pep Rally Luncheon at Michael's on February 1, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for New York Giants)

  • Harvey Weinsten, Paul Feig and Omar Sy

    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 04: (L-R) The Weinstein Company Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein, Paul Feig and actor Omar Sy attend the 'The Intouchables' special screening at MOMA on April 4, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

  • Harvey Weinstein

    NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 24: Harvey Weinstein onstage during the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Marriott Marquis Hotel on March 24, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Fernando Leon/Getty Images)

  • Harvey Weinstein

    NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Harvey Weinstein attends the 'Bully' screening at The Paley Center for Media on March 20, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

  • Harvey Weinstein & Chris Dodd

    WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 15: Chris Dodd and Harvey Weinstein speak during a panel discussion after a screeing of the documentary 'Bully' at MPAA on March 15, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company)

  • Harvey Weinstein, Uggie and Georgina Chapman

    WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: (L-R) Co-Chairman of The Weinstein Company Harvey Weinstein, Uggie the dog and designer Georgina Chapman attend TWC Oscar after party in partnership with Manuele Malenotti, Audi & HP at SkyBar at the Mondrian Los Angeles on February 26, 2012 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for TWC)

  • Harvey Weinstein

    SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Producer Harvey Weinstein in the audience at the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards held at the Santa Monica Pier on February 25, 2012 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

  • Harvey Weinstein & Ryan Kavanaugh

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Producers Harvey Weinstein and Ryan Kavanaugh (C) attend TheWrap's 3rd Annual Pre-Oscar Party at Culina Restaurant at the Four Seasons Los Angeles on February 22, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images for TheWrap)

  • Harvey Weinstein & Thomas Langmann

    WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Producer Thomas Langmann (L) and Co-Chairman of The Weinstein Company Harvey Weinstein attend TWC Oscar after party in partnership with Manuele Malenotti, Audi & HP at SkyBar at the Mondrian Los Angeles on February 26, 2012 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for TWC)

  • Harvey Weinstein, Kathie Lee Gifford & Frank Gifford

    NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 01: Harvey Weinstein, Kathie Lee Gifford and Frank Gifford attend the New York Giants Super Bowl Pep Rally Luncheon at Michael's on February 1, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for New York Giants)

  • Harvey Weinstein & Christie Brinkley

    NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 09: Harvey Weinstein (L) and Christie Brinkley attend the Dior and The Weinstein Company's opening of 'Picturing Marilyn' at Milk Gallery on November 9, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company)

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