As a digital news writer, sometimes it’s hard to admit that a picture speaks a thousand words, but it’s impossible to deny the impact that a powerful image has on the Internet. 2016 was a whirlwind year, and these 10 photos from the entertainment industry’s most talked-about moments are part of the proof.
Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom’s rumored romance was seemingly confirmed with one flirty photograph at the Golden Globes in January, while Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet proved they’re the perfect couple that never was at the 2016 Academy Awards.
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Keep scrolling to see 10 photos from Getty’s end-of-the-year roundup, 2016 in Focus, that turned into some of the year’s biggest news stories.
1. Kate Congratulates Leo on His Oscar Win
After a long-awaited Academy Award win, DiCaprio got a hug from his longtime BFF and the world continued to 'ship these two, no matter how many times they've insisted they're just friends.
2. Prince William Cuddles Princess Charlotte
George and Charlotte's balloon-filled playdate in Canada was one of the most aww-worthy royal stories since the Duke and Duchess's wedding.
4. The nose tweak seen around the world.
Barack and Michelle Obama's love story has played out on the biggest stage, but they still manage to steal quiet, intimate moments for themselves.
5. Katy and Orlando's Golden Globes Nuzzle
With one photograph, one of the hottest relationships of 2016 was born.
6. The Duchess Has Got Game
Kate Middleton showed off her soccer skills during her colorful trip to India and Bhutan, mastering a mid-air kick in a dress and heels like only a duchess could.
7. "Formation" Fever Swept the Nation
Beyoncé showed us why she earned the name "Queen Bey" with her visual album Lemonade and subsequent sold-out tour.
8. George and Amal shook us all
As Clooney's BFF Brad Pitt's relationship crumbled, he stepped out in the public eye with wife Amal more than ever.
9. Bella's slit deserved an award
It's trophy-worthy that Hadid rocked this sky-high slit dress on the Cannes red carpet without a wardrobe malfunction.
10. Jaden and Sarah Share a Front-Row Smooch
Smith's parents Will and Jada have been known for their #RelationshipGoals-worthy moments, but this year, the teen created ones of his own with girlfriend Sarah Snyder.