02/03/2011 11:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

A Half-Century After The Beatles, Is Another British Invasion Underway?

Is this all some sort of post-colonial payback? Has a gang of rogue Brits suddenly descended upon Hollywood and replaced our American-born gods with UK ones? At Anglophenia, our longstanding tagline has been "British culture with an American accent." But over the past month, Britishness has so thoroughly permeated American pop culture that we can hardly tell the difference between the two.

This January, we've gasped as British comedian Ricky Gervais roasted Hollywood's sacred cows as host of the Golden Globes, which featured a parade of Gervais' compatriots - from Tilda Swinton and Dame Helen Mirren to Idris Elba and Helena Bonham Carter - as presenters and nominees.

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