12/30/2011 11:32 am ET Updated Feb 29, 2012

Hollywood Badasses Of 2011 (PHOTOS)

Despite all the year-end lists made about the best of this and the worst of that, the category that compels us most goes completely ignored: Biggest Badasses. Sure, great films and TV shows make headlines for a little while, and we all enjoy them for their art, but there's nothing more intriguing or attention-drawing as a star who does and says what he or she wants.

Now, we may not be fans of all the things they do and say, but that's part of the essential DNA of a badass: they do it regardless of what anyone thinks. It could be an artistic statement, an ego trip, a rejection of accepted norms, a political stand or even just a substance-induced mania -- we've seen all of those things this year, and they've stolen headlines and conversation time and time again.

Here's our list of the biggest badasses of 2011; vote for the top badass, and let us know if we missed any.