Now, while the IMDb "Best of 2016" list may not exactly be up there with the Academy Awards in terms of prestige (heck, it's not even up there with the Golden Globes), it's still an intriguing and often revealing gauge of a celebrity's broader popularity. After all, the rankings are directly based on the site's STARmeter rankings, which are in turn determined by the number of page views that a star receives in a given week. In other words, the more people click on an actor's IMDb page, the higher in the rankings they go. Which, in 2016, has led to a perhaps-surprising victor in the annual "Best Of" list.
Margot Robbie Is IMDb's Top Star Of 2016
Which, on the face of it, makes a fair amount of sense. #MargotRobbie was, after all, the breakout star of the widely watched #SuicideSquad, but will have been largely unknown to many audience members, which would presumably prompt many to visit IMDb to find out just where they knew her from. That being said, though, Robbie's cinematic year also consisted of the broadly disappointing #TheLegendOfTarzan and the scarcely-seen #WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot, which suggests that either Suicide Squad was a disproportionately influential movie in 2016, or people really, really wanted to know who the blonde journalist hanging out with Tina Fey was in that movie about Afghanistan that nobody went to see.
Which, of course, brings us to the key issue with the "Best of 2016" list in question:
IMDb's STARrankings Have A Very Visible Bias
Now, that's not at all to say that they're intentionally biased, but rather to note that the audience that uses IMDb — and is thus directly contributing to the rankings — isn't an especially representative one. Which, of course, is why the rest of the Top Ten list is heavily infused with comparatively "B-List" stars, many of whom are best known for their roles in geeky TV shows or movies, or for being ridiculously good looking. The top ten, after all, would make for one hell of a Joss Whedon movie...
10. Leonardo DiCaprio
9. Haley Bennett
8. Daisy Ridley
7. Alicia Vikander
6. Gal Gadot
5. Morena Baccarin
4. Tom Hardy
3. Millie Bobby Brown
2. Emilia Clarke
1. Margot Robbie
...but likely wouldn't reflect a nationwide poll of moviegoers, seeing as it skews heavily towards geek-friendly names appearing in shows and movies that appealed primarily to the 18–49 demographic (all of whom are — bar the very, very underage Brown — likely to feature prominently on year end "hottest celebrity" lists).
Y'know, either that, or people just really like #HarleyQuinn
Still want more on Margot Robbie, and her possible Suicide Squad sequel plans, though? Never fear, we've got you covered right here.
In the meantime, what do you think? Does Robbie deserve the top spot in IMDb's list, or should someone else have been up there? Let us know below!