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9. Joss Whedon
Why he's No. 9: While he's not exactly a star in the traditional sense, Joss Whedon is currently one of the few filmmakers working today with bona fide name recognition - particularly amongst the influential geek community. Doesn't hurt that he directed the biggest movie of last year, Marvel's "The Avengers," which currently has a sure-to-be-huge sequel in the works.
What he's doing here: "The Avengers" is nominated for the night's top award, Movie of the Year.