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Lee, Roberts make "Time"'s best lists

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Jul 02, 2001 | 8:01am EDT

Ang Lee was named by Time magazine as best American director in the periodical's first installment of its "best of" lists. Time wanted to fashion "the definitive list of people who stand for the best in America today," the magazine told reporters. Other entertainers who were feted by Time include Sean Penn for best actor, Julia Roberts for best actress and The Roots as best rappers. Time lauded Lee (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Ice Storm, Sense and Sensibility) saying, "This soft-spoken gent is proving again what's always been true: that American cinema is nourished by the artistry of foreigners."

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