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Women of the year 2012

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Our top 10, right here

1. Marion Cotillard

The world’s most attractive Leeds Utd fan was superb in Rust And Bone, and got under Batman’s skin in The Dark Knight Rises.

2. Jessica Ennis

The face of the Olympics before the Olympics. Her gold meant she remained the face of the Olympics after the Olympics.

3. Lena Dunham

The awkward sex and spot-on observations of HBO’s Girls are all thanks to Dunham.

4. Berenice Marlohe

As Skyfall’s Sévérin, Marlohe ticked all our Bond girl boxes.

5. Julia Davis

Davis’s award-winning spoof period drama Hunderby was a dark riot of Victorian freaks and dead parrots.

6. Mila Kunis

Not content with stealing the limelight from a toy in Ted, she also saved the life of a worker who suffered a seizure at her home.

7. Zawe Ashton

As Vod in Fresh Meat, Ashton was responsible for the best one-liners. On her cleaning job: “I’m like a ninja with pillow chocolates.”

8. Jennifer Lawrence

Silver Linings Playbook proved she could make us laugh. The Hunger Games proved she could beat us up.

9. Clare Balding

Went from vaguely recognisable racing pundit to National Treasure.

10. Judi Dench

Dench remains our dream aunt – the one with the wickedest stories and choicest drinks cabinet.

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Games of the year 2012

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CARS OF THE YEAR 2012

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Sporting moments of the year

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