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Seth Meyers Is Officially Influential

The host of Late Night puts it all into perspective

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Fellow Saturday Night Live alum Amy Poehler describes Seth Meyers as “the best listener on television” whose biggest talent is “the delight he takes in helping others look good.” But as comedic headliner for this year’s TIME 100 Gala in New York City, Meyers had plenty to say about what it means to be on the list and served up good-natured gibes at some of the other 99 “most influential.”

Watch him console former TIME 100 designees for no longer being influential and remember what it was like to be a young comedian, hanging out in Amsterdam with Jordan Peele, contemplating the likelihood that they would someday be “influential.”

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Celebrities Mingle on the TIME 100 Red Carpet

The world's "most influential" mixed and mingled on the red carpet before Tuesday's TIME 100 gala

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It was an event unlike any other.

The stars were there — Amy Adams, Alfonso Cuarón, Seth Meyers, among others — but there were also scientists and athletes, political leaders and activists, artists, designers and musicians, entrepreneurs and moguls, writers and inventors. Together, they are the TIME 100, an eclectic mix of the most influential people in the world, gathered together for a single evening in New York City.

Watch them mix, mingle and make new friends as they came together on the red carpet.

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‘Gravity’ Director Toasts Future Generations

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Deciding to refrain from toasting his mother because “my Oedipus is rampant” and he still needs his eyes in order to direct movies, Alfonso Cuarón turned his praise to generations yet to come as he raised his glass at the TIME 100 Gala in New York Tuesday evening.

“Every single real inspiration I have in life has been one that has not betrayed the purity and the innocence of the 15-year-old that I once was,” he said “The one who dared to believe that the impossible can happen.”

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The TIME 100 Gala in Two Minutes

Everything you need to know about the event of the year

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They are the artists, scientists, entrepreneurs, leaders, writers, activists and performers who most profoundly shape our world. And each year, TIME invites 100 of them to meet for an evening of conversation, laughter and music. Watch what happens when these “influentials” get together to share a meal and compare notes on what makes things tick.

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Gov. Scott Walker Praises Moms

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“Pat Walker,” says Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker of his mother, “taught her children that they could do and be anything.”

Named by TIME as one of the most influential people for 2014, Walker raised a toast in honor of mothers everywhere, especially those who teach us “that to do well in life, we need to find ways to do good for others.”

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‘Not One of Us Gets Here Alone,’ Notes Senator

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, one of the 41 women named among the world’s 100 most influential people for 2014, recalled three of the women who most inspired her to become a leader during a toast at the TIME 100 Gala Tuesday. She praised everyone who is a role model, mentor or sponsor to the next generation of influential women.

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‘Frozen’ Songwriters Recommend Patience

Repeated singing of 'Let it Go' might be just the beginning

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Robert and Kristin Anderson-Lopez, the perky creative duo behind this year’s most infectious ear worms — and two of 2014′s most influential people in the world — salute all those indulgent souls who “make the young artists and thinkers and leaders feel like they have influence as they figure out what they are going to say and how to say it.” Even if it hurts sometimes.

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Sister Rosemary Asks: ‘Where Are the Lost Girls?’

Challenging the world's "most influential" to help heal shattered lives

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At the Saint Monica Girls’ Tailoring Center she runs in Gulu, Uganda, Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe looks after women and girls who have seen much of the worst of what the world can dish out, offering a measure of shelter and security in a society riven by civil war.

At the TIME 100 Gala in New York City, she shared her good humor, infectious energy and deep compassion; but she also challenged her fellow “influentials” to join in the effort to heal the lives of women and children traumatized by brutality and fear.

 

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This Is Crazy Eyes’ Real-Life Nickname

Uzo Aduba attends the TIME 100 Gala, TIME's 100 most influential people in the world, at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 29, 2014 in New York City.
Uzo Aduba attends the TIME 100 Gala, TIME's 100 most influential people in the world, at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 29, 2014 in New York City. Ben Gabbe—Getty Images for TIME

It's a shorter version of her first name

Uzo Aduba is the actress known for her role as Crazy Eyes in Orange Is The New Black. But she revealed her real nickname at the TIME 100 gala.

Surprise: It’s Uzo. Her full first name is actually Uzomaka, which means “the road is good.”

Her parents selected the name because they had to journey from Nigeria to the United States. But it was worth it, because they met and had her.

Aduba offered her thoughts on the show as it gets ready to debut its second season. The show’s creator Jenji Kohan recently told NPR that the main character is a Trojan horse to draw in viewers so they can meet the other characters.

“Jenji said it best,” Aduba said. “Now that we’re inside we get to go deeper into who they are, not just through Piper’s lens. It’s next level.”

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Ronan Farrow And Laverne Cox Are New Best Friends

Laverne Cox attends the TIME 100 Gala, TIME's 100 most influential people in the world, at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 29, 2014 in New York City.
Laverne Cox attends the TIME 100 Gala, TIME's 100 most influential people in the world, at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 29, 2014 in New York City. Ben Gabbe—Getty Images for TIME

They danced and took a photo together

Ronan Farrow cut a rug with Laverne Cox on Tuesday.

The MSNBC host shared a table with the Orange Is The New Black actress at the TIME 100 gala in New York and then danced during dessert. Farrow praised Cox, who is also a transgender advocate, as being “at the forefront of a nascent enough rights movement that you can see change on almost a daily basis.”

Farrow said he was excited to learn he was sitting with Cox.

Cox, who was recently named a grand marshal in New York’s Pride Parade, said she was just as excited to meet Farrow—who she described as a “delight.” Cox also reconnected with Katie Couric for the first time since her appearance on Katie in January. Though Couric was criticized for her questions about transgender issues, Cox said things between the two of them are “amazing.”

“I hadn’t seen her since I did her show but we had an amazing talk,” Cox said.

 

Here’s a photo Cox posted of herself with Farrow:

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