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As 2008 winds down, it's time to reflect upon those - from household names to relative unknowns, from A- to D-list - who made this year so memorable.

The Hollywood Gossip is unveiling 10 finalists for its 2nd Annual Celebrity of the Year award. They've given us their best, their worst, even their nude pictures in some cases. Now it is time for us to give something back with this moving tribute.

We previously profiled the expensive, Governor-seducing call girl, Ashley Dupre. Today, we present Celebrity of the Year finalist #5 … the High School Musical Cast!

It was a huge year for Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens and company... literally! While previous installments of this Disney franchise scored solid ratings, High School Musical 3: Senior Year was released on big screens across the country, breaking records and making names in Hollywood for all its stars.

Efron has received the biggest career boost from the film.

Previously compared with temporary teen icons such as Brody Jenner, Zac is now being discussed in the same breath as A-list actors such a Leonardo DiCaprio. In 2009, he'll star alongside Matthew Pretty and Leslie Mann in 17 Again.

Hudgens, meanwhile, gets to have sex with Efron. She also has overcome the biggest nude scandal of 2007 in order to resurrect her burgeoning resume. Like her delicious boyfriend, Vanessa has broken free from the teen mold: she'll be included among Maxim's Sexiest Stars of 2009.

As for Ashley Tisdale, Corbin Bleu, Monique Coleman and others associated with this franchise, they may very be included in our Celebrity of the Year profiles for years to come. Go Wildcats!

Click on the following images for countless pics of your favorite High School Musical stars...

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by Mischalova at . Comments

As 2007 draws to a close, it's time to reflect and pay tribute to the stars who made this a year to remember. On that note, The Hollywood Gossip is announcing its 10 finalists for its first annual Celebrity of the Year award.

They've given us their best, their worst and, in a more than a few cases, their naked pictures. Now it is time for us to give a little something back with this special feature, because without these celebrities, we are nothing.

Dazed Zac Efron

We previously profiled the unpopular gold digger Tameka Foster at #8. Now, without further delay, we present Celebrity of the Year finalist #7 … Zac Efron!

Anyone that has ever glanced at this High School Musical star barely has to ask why he made the list. Those eyes. That hair. Those biceps... sorry, where were we?

Far more than a brainless dream boat, however, Efron has shown true grit and loyalty in 2007. He stuck by the side of his girlfriend throughout the infamous Vanessa Hudgens nude photo scandal. He didn't bash her to the press, he didn't shrink from the spotlight, and he got to go home and hit that every night.

Way to be, Zac.

Efron also starred in Hairspray this year, earning enough critical praise to land him a feature role opposite Matthew Perry in the upcoming movie Seventeen, along with a significant pay raise for High School Musical 3.

We don't know what the future will hold for Zac Efron, but we do know it will involve the screaming of countless teenage girls. Lord knows, he's earned it.

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