The actress is the star who we wanted to be pals with all year long

By Catherine Kast
Updated December 18, 2013 08:30 AM

PEOPLE’s annual Year-End issue looks back at the best and worst of 2013, including tributes to this year’s fallen stars like James Gandolfini, an exclusive interview with President Obama and Michelle, and the best in TV, film and music.

Re-live 2013’s shining moments (other than everyone getting tired of twerking).

Cue Jennifer Lawrence, this year’s cover girl. She’s the star who we wanted to be pals with all year long, starting with her charming topple up to the stage to accept her Best Actress Oscar for her role in Silver Linings Playbook to the sassy new sassy new haircut she debuted while promoting The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in November.

Who wouldn’t love the 23-year-old who had the nerve to photobomb Sarah Jessica Parker at the Met Gala, while donning Dior and a netted headpiece?

Also making the list of 2013’s most intriguing faces:

• Pope Francis, the first Pope ever to stand in on a selfie with fans and said of gays, “Who am I to judge?”

Duck Dynasty‘s Robertson family from Louisiana, who have taken reality TV by storm.

Angelina Jolie, who revealed in May that she had undergone a double mastectomy after testing positive for the BRCA1 gene.

Kate Middleton, Prince William, and the newest addition to their royal family, baby Prince George, who was born in July.

For the complete list of PEOPLE’s most intriguing newsmakers of 2013 – and a round-up of the year’s most memorable celebrity weddings, splits and babies – pick up this week s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday