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As 2010 draws to a close, the media reflects on the year that was and the stars who made an impact. And, according to Time and People magazines, the year's biggest names were Sandra Bullock and Mark Zuckerberg.
The Oscar-winning actress may not have starred in any flicks in 2010, but Bullock impressed fans with the way she handled her personal life. So much so that People named her their woman of the year. And here's why:
After she won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her work in The Blind Side back in February, rumors began to crop up that her husband of nearly five years, Jesse James, was carrying on multiple affairs.
America's sweetheart stayed out of the public eye during the tumultuous time to pick up in the pieces. But she eventually divorced James and announced that she had adopted baby Louis Bardo.
Bullock, 46, handled her rocky divorce and the challenge of becoming a single mom with grace and optimism. "Bad things happen, but she celebrates the good ones," a source told People about the actress. "And Louis is a wonderful celebration of good things." Bullock's outlook on her roller coaster year certainly made her a woman to admire.
The 26-year-old founder of Facebook has such a fascinating, complicated life that his story was made into a movie. And The Social Network (starring Oscar front-runner Jesse Eisenberg) proved to be one of the best movies of the year.
Time editor Rick Stengel explained on the Today show why Zuckerberg was chosen. "More than half a billion people on the planet live in a world created by Mark Zuckerberg," he said. "The good news is, their friends all live there too. Zuckerberg founded the social networking site Facebook in his college dorm six years ago, but 2010 was the year that Facebook reached critical mass, both in sheer quantity of users and in its presence (through its 'connect' features) all over the Web."
"Zuckerberg spent much of the year fighting privacy concerns, and this fall he had to shake off a movie that depicted him as an alienated loner, hacking to get girls," Stengel continued. "But the world's youngest billionaire has no plans to slow Facebook's growth, nor does it show any sign of stopping."
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