(compiled by Marilyn Beck, Stacy Jenel Smith, Stephanie DuBois and Emily Feimster)
What was your greatest achievement of 2007?
Jennifer Garner: "I would say finally having the chance to do a variety of different things," says the star who played an F.B.I. agent in Saudi Arabia in "The Kingdom," a woman yearning for motherhood in "Juno," and, currently, Roxana in "Cyrano de Bergerac" on Broadway. "I guess that I'm proud, but I'm also just happy to have been able to do them -- an action film, a cool charactery thing, a classic with Kevin Kline will always fit into my schedule. It's dreamy. My life feels very full and balanced right now, and my career does as well." The mother of two-year-old Violet and wife of Ben Affleck adds, "It's not as busy as it looks from the outside, though. There are weeks that aren't necessarily pretty, but you'd be amazed how much we're able to be together in all of this."
Shohreh Aghdashloo: "The greatest achievement of 2007 would be enrolling my daughter in a university," says the "House of Sand and Fog" Oscar nominee with a laugh. "It took me almost a year. You know, when it comes to education how difficult it is to begin with...even to find the right kindergarten. You have to be prepared way in advance. It's getting harder and harder. When I was younger, I thought when it came to education that it would be easier and easier for people to get themselves educated, but I'm afraid I was wrong. But I did -- I nailed it. Thank God!"
Viggo Mortensen: "Staying out of jail, the hospital, and an early grave. Just getting through 2007. I guess that's an achievement."
Morris Chestnut: "My achievement I'm most proud of is, I made it to all of my son's football games. I'm always going out of town for work, so I make some games and miss some. But this year, he said, 'Dad, can you come to all my games?' I could just hear his excitement when I said, 'I'll be there.' People knew I had to leave if I had to make a game. There was some juggling," says the "A Perfect Holiday" star. "And then he wrote me a letter saying 'Thanks, Dad,' and that made it all good." Chestnut's son, 10, plays offensive lineman on his team. How'd they do this season? "The team won one game the entire season," he says. Thank goodness he was there for it.
Cameron Diaz: "I spent a lot of time this year with 'Shrek.' We took 'Shrek the Third' around the world. I'm just so happy to be part of it. It's an honor being part of something so good."
David Duchovny: "I think it was kind of being able to establish the kind of comedy I do, which I would usually describe in terms of what it isn't," says the actor, who was seen in this year's "Things We Lost in the Fire" with Halle Berry and Benicio Del Toro, has the second "X-Files" feature in the hopper – and experienced controversy and success with his Showtime dark comedy series, "Californication. "It's not Ben Stiller, not Will Farrell. I can't do that. What I do, it's more like what they did in the '70s, like George Segal in 'Blume in Love,' or Beatty in 'Shampoo.'"
Khalid Abdalla: "Patience probably. I think that has been my greatest achievement. Waiting for the film to come out and not making hasty decisions," says Abdalla, who stars in "The Kite Runner."
Malcolm McDowell: "I have an 11-month-old child, so that is my greatest achievement. That's all I can say. It's wacky, doing it (parenthood) again. I have a four-year-old and an 11-month-old, so it's been quite a year. It gives me a whole new perspective. It makes me feel like I've got to stay alive for a long time to make sure I get to see them at graduation."
William Shatner: "Spending another year with my wife Elizabeth is a major achievement. I have a book called 'Academy' -- it's out in book stores right now -- and a record called 'Exodus.'" Gee, with his latest Emmy nomination for "Boston Legal," and his Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jules Verne Adventure Film Festival, ol' Bill has achieved a lot this year. "This week!" he says. "Today, in fact. You have no idea."
Frances Fisher: "My personal best achievement was being able to keep all the balls in the air at the same time, because I'm working on so many fronts," says the actress, seen this year in "The Kingdom" as well as "In the Valley of Elah." "Not only raising a daughter, working with my career, and finding the right roles that express what I want to say -- I'm on the board of Screen Actors Guild and we are preparing for our 2008 negotiations. I'm walking the picket line with the WGA, because, you know all actors are in support of what the WGA wants. So, you know, it's a lot. Plus doing environmental work and working for peace. I'm a member of the Peace Alliance, and we want to create a Department of Peace and Non-violence in Washington, D.C., a cabinet-level position. Dennis Kucinich dropped the bill, HR 808, in February of this year. I'm also supporting Dennis Kucinich in his bid fro Democratic nomination for President of the United States because I feel he's the only candidate who speaks the truth."
Ernest Borgnine: "That I'm still making pictures. I made three pictures this year, and I plan on doing more next year," says the 90-year-old Oscar winner ("Marty"), referring to big and small screen roles including the 2008 indie, "Chinaman's Chance" and the recent Hallmark Channel "A Grandpa for Christmas." "And I tell you, I just don't want to stop. I think it's foolish to stop. People say, 'Are you going to retire?' Retire to what?"
Emma Roberts: "Two movies is a pretty good accomplishment, I think," says the 16-year-old "Nancy Drew" star, who spent this past summer making the spring '08 release "Wild Child" in London – and is now filming the forthcoming "Hotel for Dogs" with Lisa Kudrow, Don Cheadle and Kevin Dillon. "Really, it's that I'm doing what I always wanted to do"
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