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11 Women Who Owned Hollywood In 2014

It was their world and we were just living in it.

1. Laverne Cox

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Is there anything Laverne Cox can't do?! In June she became the first openly transgender woman to appear on the cover of Time, was named Glamour's Woman of the Year, became the first openly transgender woman nominated for an Emmy, and received GLAAD's Stephen F. Kolzak Award. Laverne basically owned 2014.

2. Viola Davis

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Viola Davis has been leaving everyone speechless in her role as Annalise Keating, receiving praise from critics and fans (who could forget the wig scene?! The DRAMA!). Davis has long been an outstanding actress, but it seems in 2014 she's finally becoming a household name.

3. Ava DuVernay

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If you're not familiar with Ava DuVernay's resumé, then it's time to catch up. The writer-director created tons of buzz this year with her film Selma, which earned her a Golden Globe nomination for best director, making DuVernay the first black woman to be nominated for the award.

4. Gina Rodriguez

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The quirky premise of The CW's Jane The Virgin managed to win audiences and critics thanks to incredible cast and its lead, Gina Rodriguez. Racking up praise for her role as Jane Villanueva, Rodriguez is ending 2014 on a high note and heading into the new year with tons of momentum.

5. Quvenzhané Wallis

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At the age of 11, Quvenzhané Wallis has a resumé and acting chops of someone twice her age. This year she played the titular character in the remake of Annie, nabbed a Golden Globe nomination, and became the face of Armani Junior. What the hell were you doing as a kid?

6. Nina Tassler

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It was a big year for Nina Tassler. The CBS executive took the reigns as the network's president, making her one of the most powerful Latina women in television history.

7. Mindy Kaling

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Mindy Kaling continued to be one of the funniest girls in the room this year. From late night show appearances to live-tweeting episodes of The Mindy Project, Kaling kept killing it in 2014.

8. Amma Asante

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BAFTA winner Amma Asante had kind of a quiet year making the festival rounds with her film Belle, which got tons of praise. Now she's slated to direct the universally loved Kerry Washington in Unforgettable. Not sure about you, but I'm definitely ready for more from Asante.

9. Shonda Rhimes

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Shonda Rhimes can truly do no wrong. The queen of primetime has everyone glued to their TVs and still has more up her sleeve. She made The Hollywood Reporter's list of powerful women in entertainment and received the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award. Rhimes is a powerhouse.

10. Uzo Aduba

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Emmy-winning actor Uzo Aduba is nothing like her Orange Is the New Black character, Crazy Eyes. Aduba has received praise for her work in theater, studied classical voice at Boston University, and knows how to work a red carpet. She's earned numerous supporting actress nominations this year, and hopefully we'll see her enter 2015 with more awards under her belt.

11. The Ladies of SNL: Leslie Jones & Sasheer Zamata

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SNL's biggest and smartest move this year came earlier, when Sasheer Zamata became the first black cast member in five years. Shortly after, Leslie Jones and LaKendra Tookes joined the team as writers, with Leslie eventually becoming a cast member.

Got anybody you'd add? Who are the celebs you think ruled 2014?

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