Kerry Washington in "Scandal." (Danny Feld/ABC/AP) Kerry Washington in “Scandal.” (Danny Feld/ABC/AP)

We’re so used to celebrities behaving like spoiled, look-at-me brats that it’s easy to overlook Hollywood’s grown-ups. But 2013 was Kerry Washington’s year — for all the right reasons.

She’s the first African-American actress to star in a prime-time hit (ABC’s addictive “Scandal”) in decades. She wowed grads of her alma mater, George Washington University, with a smart, funny commencement address in May. She somehow managed to keep her private life private by marrying NFL star football star Nnamdi Asomugha in a stealth wedding this summer — before anyone knew they were dating. (And we hear she’s pregnant, but she’s keeping her baby bump private, too.) And her charming, self-aware turn on “Saturday Night Live” last month finally prompted the show to add an African-American woman to the cast. Did we mention the 36-year-old is gorgeous and dresses like a queen? Well played, Kerry. Well played.


Canadian singer JustinBieber performs during a concert at Bercy arena in Paris, Tuesday, March 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) Justin Bieber  (Francois Mori/AP)

Chris Brown/Miley Cyrus/Kanye West/Justin Bieber: For being the anti-Kerry Washingtons, and examples of everything wrong with pop culture thanks to too much money, no maturity and no impulse control. We’re sick of probation hearings, twerking and pet monkeys – but millions of people can’t get enough of them.

Ted Cruz: The marathon filibusterer pretty much single-handedly shut down the government this fall, making him Congress’s latest hero/villain. Plus he’s the breakout star of a best-selling coloring book.

Josh Duggar: You’ve either never heard of TLC’s deeply religious, incredibly fertile Duggar family, or you’re crazy about them – but now the oldest son works for the Family Research Council here in D.C., which made a lot of people feel better about Washington.

TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 18: Miley Cyrus performs onstage during 93.3 FLZ’s Jingle Ball 2013 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on December 18, 2013 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Clear Channel) Miley Cyrus (Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Clear Channel)

More Reliable Source 2012 in Review:

Best quotes of 2013: Ronan Farrow, Anthony Weiner, Mariah Carey and more

The Reliable Source Year in Scandals: Stop talking already

The Reliable Source Year in Love: Babes and babies

Past recipients of the RSPOY:

2012: Joe Biden and Paul Ryan

2011: Anthony Weiner

2010: Elizabeth Edwards

2009: Tareq and Michaele Salahi

2008: Sasha Obama and Piper Palin

2007: Jenna Bush

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