Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins is being considered by TIME readers as their choice of the magazine's annual "Person of the Year." It's no doubt been an eventful 2017 for Jenkins, an acclaimed filmmaker who first won raves for directing the true-life crime drama Monster, which earned Charlize Theron her Best Actress Oscar in 2004. More than 13 years after Monster caught the attention of Hollywood, Jenkins herself is basking in the glow of not only the industry, but in the overwhelming reception of fans to Wonder Woman and now, voters in a poll who consider a "Person of the Year" from all walks of life.
According to TIME magazine, Jenkins is the only filmmaker being considered in a reader poll for its Person of the Year honor that runs through December 4. The annual issued featuring TIME's Person of the Year (previously known as "Man of the Year" and "Woman of the Year" until 1999) began 90 years ago with famed aviator Charles Lindbergh. The criteria doesn't favor only people who have done good in their lives, but is given to the person who "for better or for worse ... has done the most to influence the events of the year."
Certainly in the case of Jenkins - who is receiving the backing of the Wonder Woman production - the inclusion of people being considered in this year's reader's poll is for the positive effect she's had on the film industry, and to a greater effect, empowerment of women of all ages.
— #WonderWoman (@WonderWomanFilm) November 27, 2017
From a personal standpoint, Jenkins has gone on to scale unprecedented heights as a female filmmaker, beginning with Wonder Woman's $100 million in domestic ticket sales in its opening weekend in June - the biggest opening ever for a female director. By the end of the summer, the film became the season's top-grossing domestic release and pulled in more than $800 million worldwide.
As of this writing, Jenkins was the 23rd-highest vote-getter with one percent of the vote. And while that total may seem low, it's a major victory considering the countless number of potential candidates readers could have considered to be worthy of the honor. To date, Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman leads the poll with 23 percent of the vote, followed by the social media movement #MeToo with 5 percent. Movements are just as big a qualifier for the Person of the Year honor, which in this case was spurred by the Harvey Weinstein sexual misconduct scandal that empowered women from all walks of life to reveal they've been victims of sexual harassment or assault and share their stories.
Ultimately, TIME will choose its own Person of the Year, which is not determined by readers, but by the magazine's staff. The issue featuring this year's TIME Person of the Year will be released December 6.
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