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Lana Wachowski, Kristen Stewart, Oscar Pistorius

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They saved others' lives. They sacrificed their lives.

They stood out. They stood up.

From pop stars to athletes to people who might be your neighbors, these were the most inspirational players in our pop-culture world. 

Check out who made the list. You'll be surprised: