Harry and Meghan retired as working royals
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced on Instagram that they would be "stepping back" as senior members of the British royal family in January.
Prince Harry and Meghan gave up their royal titles and subsequent duties entirely as they packed up and moved to California. Far from shrinking into the shadows, their post-royal lives have been highly visible.
They urged Americans to vote in the US presidential election (a move criticized for breaching the British royal family's tradition of political neutrality). Then, in an op-ed for the New York Times, Meghan revealed she had suffered a miscarriage earlier in the year, another example of high-profile figures helping to break the taboo around pregnancy loss. And, like the Obamas, the pair is set to become Hollywood producers, closing a multi-year deal with Netflix that will see them create scripted series, docu-series, documentaries, features and children's programming.
'Parasite' made history at the Oscars
Director Bong Joon-ho's widely-acclaimed South Korean thriller, "Parasite," made history at the 92nd Academy Awards in February, becoming the first non-English language film to win best picture. Bong also picked up the award for best director, and ended his gracious acceptance speech with the meme-worthy, "I will drink until next morning."
The wins were significant in an industry heavily criticized for its lack of recognition of non-white talent, as well as exclusionary casting choices.
Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt flirted on Zoom
The exes reunited for a charity virtual reading of "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," and the internet, and Julia Roberts, grinned uncontrollably. "Hi Brad ... I think you're so sexy, will you come to me?" Aniston crooned. Pitt blushed. And for a brief moment, we forgot about all the bad news in the world and burrowed into a safe cocoon of nostalgia.
'The Crown' blurred the line between fact and fiction
Audiences devoured the fourth season of "The Crown," with many younger viewers introduced to the ill-fated marriage, and drama, between Prince Charles and Princess Diana for the first time.
Concerns arose over the portrayal of royal members and its casting of future king Prince Charles in an unflattering light. Charles, played by Josh O'Connor, is depicted as a petulant, selfish serial-cheater who eventually drives the sacrificial lamb-like Princess Diana, played by Emma Corrin, to bulimia and depression.
The series' creative license -- especially in its re-imagining of private conversations -- has drawn criticism from some quarters, leading the UK's Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden to demand that Netflix include a disclaimer clarifying to viewers that they are watching a work of fiction. Netflix hasn't balked.
People recreated iconic artworks at home
With most art exhibitions and galleries shut down, the Getty Museum in Los Angeles launched a social media challenge, inviting people to recreate their favorite artworks with three household objects. Among our favorites: swirling cloud formations of "Starry Night" (1889) recreated with spaghetti; a woman and bulldog posing as "Madonna and Child" (1290-1295), and two rows of colorful boxes, nodding to Warhol's famous soup cans.