OCCUPATION: The Oscars' top dog
PREVIOUS APPEARANCES ON THE TIME 100: 0
PRO: More than a decade after the exhilarating Trainspotting burnished his art-house credentials, Boyle snatched eight Oscars for the pomo fairy tale Slumdog Millionaire. He can now pretty much do whatever he wants, so long as it's not The Beach 2.
CON: Reports that some of the Mumbai cast members are still living in squalor have dulled the uplift a bit.