For the first time, The Associated Press is spotlighting key entertainers who had that breakthrough moment in 2017. The Breakthrough Entertainers includes relative newcomers, such as actors Beanie Feldstein and Brooklynn Prince and singer-songwriter SZA. But it also includes established names — director Patty Jenkins, actress Bianca Lawson and actor-writer Kumail Nanjiani — who had a transformative year that took them to another level.

  • Director Patty Jenkins (“Wonder Woman”)
  • Actress Brooklynn Prince (“The Florida Project”)
  • Actress Beanie Feldstein (“Lady Bird”)
  • Singer SZA
  • Actress Bianca Lawson (“Queen Sugar”)
  • Actor Daniel Kaluuya (“Get Out”)
  • Comedian-actor Kumail Nanjiani (“The Big Sick”)
  • Actress Millicent Simmond (“Wonderstruck”)