Celebrity of the Year: The Cast of New Moon!

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For the last couple weeks, The Hollywood Gossip has looked back at 2009 by naming the finalists for our prestigious, 3rd Annual Celebrity of the Year award.

In this section, we've been paying tribute to the unique stars that made the past 12 months so memorable for gossip followers across the nation and globe.

Now, following last edition's selection of Miley Cyrus in the #2 spot, we've finally reached the top. Drumroll please...

For 2009, THG's Celebrity of the Year is... the New Moon cast!

Critics might say we're copping out by choosing more than one star for this honor, but come on. Everyone involved with the Twilight Saga deserves recognition for turning a book series into the most popular, buzzed-about film franchise in years.

This doesn't always happen. Remember The Golden Compass? Probably not. Starring Nicole Kidman, it was meant as the first installment in a trilogy based on Philip Pullman's His Dark Material novels. A second movie was never even made.

So, what enabled New Moon to gross over $660 million worldwide? A cast of young, fresh, gorgeous, talented and seemingly grounded individuals. Below, we note each actor's 2009 accomplishments:

Robert Pattinson: Might as well start at the top. The British actor has grown into a global phenomenon. He can't walk away from a film set without being followed by countless paparazzi members, his every interaction with women is chronicled like it's a Presidential summit and he was named one of People's 50 Most Beautiful People of 2009.

Over the course of a few months, Pattinson covered Entertainment Weekly, Harper's Bazaar, OK! Weekly, Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone. He's also dating...

Kristen Stewart: She broods, therefore she is. While Stewart had already appeared in a critically-acclaimed movie (Into the Wild) prior to landing the role of Bella Swan, she took on a cult following after her performance in New Moon. Millions of women around the world both love her and hate her for bagging Pattinson, but one thing is clear: they can't take their eyes off her.

Taylor Lautner: He dated Taylor Swift. He rarely wore a shirt. He was actually able to recruit girls away from Team Edward for Team Jacob, based on his bulked-up role in New Moon. Lautner has already signed on for two new movies and appears to have a huge career ahead of him.

Ashley Greene: The actress almost broke the Internet when naked photos of her were leaked online.

Nikki Reed: Probably the least known main star of the franchise. But she's dating Paris Latsis, Paris Hilton's ex, and has been involved in numerous THG Fashion Face-Offs.

Kellan Lutz: Has the best young body in Hollywood and wants to be the next Jason Bourne. Has been involved with 90210 star AnnaLynne McCord and... did we mention his body?

There you have it. It's been an incredible year and we're grateful that so many readers joined us for the ride. We can't think of a better way to end 2009 than with a photo montage that honors these Celebrities of the Year. Click around, enjoy and come back in 2010 for so much more...

  • Greene with Gorgeousness
  • The Best Body
  • Nikki Reed Poster
  • At Play, in Water
  • Lip Biter
  • Just So Hot
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I LOVE TWILIGHT! IT IS THE BEST THING THAT HAS EVER HAPPENED! And sydney, FIRST LOOK AT YPUR FACIAL STRUCTURE AND NOBODY ASKED YOU TO GO AND WATCH THE MOVIE!!!!!!!You are right about you being strange!

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I take all dat shit bak ima twilight fan

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While I loved the movie, the story was great, but the acting was horrible. And "Celebrity of the Year" according to who? 12 year old little girls?

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Yall know twilight is da gayest shit there ís.Unlike sydney strange i wasent retarted n went 2 see that movie cuz its retarted n cheezy.Everything twilight is bullshit.GET IT IN UR HEAD PEOPLE TWILIGHT IS GAY ONLY PUSSIE ASS NIGGAS N NERDS R INTO DAT SHIT. DA ONLY THING PEOPLE WHANA KNOW ABOUT IS DRAKE DR�ZZY NOT SUM BITCHASS LAMEASS VAMP�RE SHIT.FUCK TEAM JACOB N TEAM EDWARDS N WHO DA FUCK STARTED THIS TEAM SHIT FUCK DAT SH�T 4 LIFE...GET A JOB LAZYASSES.FUCK TWILIGHT!!!!

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Sydney Strange - You might want to invest in a dictionary. Looks like you need a little help with your spelling.
All of the Twilight Saga is great. I think they have done a wonderful job. People who feel the need to be hateful, must have something wrong in their personal lives. Why bother if you just are not interested? Move on to something you like.

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Thanks very much niamh and mairead.
Ha strange sydney if u think twilight is a load of shit whhhhhy did u see the movie after reading the book. If u hate twilight or Robert Pattinson soooo much then why can't you go find a corner a faint,ARE YOU REALLY THAT JEALOUS OF HIM?
(WOW U ARE REALLY STRANGE) RAIN

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Thanks very much niamh and mairead.
Ha strange sydney,if twilight is a load of shit then whhhhhhy did u go to see the movie after reading the book, if you don't like twilight(Robert Pattinson) just go find a corner faint.....

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Twighlight plays to toddlers and appeals to overage children.

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I only read Twilight but my opinion is it is a good love story for an 11-year old girl.

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First off congrats to the twilight cast, you all deserve it 100% and much much more!!!
Secondly .... to Sydney strange and ozzydrizzle .... We can't begin to express our passionate anger and annoyance at your comments ... twilight is THE BEST THING THAT HAS EVER HAPPENED IN THE HISTORY OF MAN KIND !!!! THIS CAN BE PROVED BY THE MILLIONS UPON MILLIONS OF SCREAMING FANS AROUND THE WORLD WHO HAVE DEVOTED THEIR LIVES TO SUPPORTING IT (like us) at whatever costs.
Thirdly ... what has Robert Pattinson ever done to you that you feel that you have the right to criticize his facial structure!!! He has perfectly normal cheekbones, We'd love to see what your cheekbones look like!!
And fourthly .... WE ARE NOT, I REPEAT NOT, HORNY!! But we are teenage girls!!
I hope we have made our point clear that the Twilight cast thoroughly deserved this award, and that if you don't like the twilight saga you shouldn't be looking it up in the first place.
with love
niamh and mairead