Jennifer Lawrence Is This Year’s Highest-Paid Oscar Nominee

Jennifer Lawrence highest paid Oscar nominee
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Jennifer Lawrence is this year’s highest-paid Oscar nominee.

According to Forbes, the 25-year-old actress pulled in an estimated $52 million pre-tax between June 2014 and June 2015. That amount was more than enough to make her the highest-paid actress in Hollywood.

“The Revenant” star Leonardo DiCaprio is runner-up with $29 million. Matt Damon — up for best actor — is the only other Oscar nominee who made the magazine’s list of highest-paid actors, having earned $25 million.

Last October, Lawrence addressed the fact that she was getting paid less than her male co-stars working on “American Hustle.”

“When the Sony hack happened and I found out how much less I was being paid than the lucky people with dicks, I didn’t get mad at Sony. I got mad at myself,” she wrote in an essay about Hollywood’s wage gap for her friend Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter newsletter. “I failed as a negotiator because I gave up early. I didn’t want to keep fighting over millions of dollars that, frankly, due to two franchises, I don’t need.”

Lawrence is nominated for her role as entrepreneur Joy Mangano in the David O. Russell dramedy “Joy.” She is competing in the best actress category with Cate Blanchett, Charlotte Rampling, Saoirse Ronan and Brie Larson.

Sandra Bullock was the last actress to rank at the top of the Forbes list and earn an Academy Award nomination in such a close time frame. She was nominated for “Gravity” in 2014 — the same year she went on to bank $51 million.

Although Lawrence earned more this year than actors like Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel, she was bested by Marvel star Robert Downey Jr. The man who plays Iron Man earned $80 million for his work on projects like “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

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  1. Mark says:

    Jennifer Lawrence is the best actress of her generation. Love her!

  2. Anne says:

    Variety managed to write a fair article about Jennifer Lawrence, not another hit piece or partial video clip.

  3. taffy says:

    And this pig dares to dribble on about a “pay gap” when she’s the highest paid actress in Hollywood by far!

    • therealeverton says:

      *Sigh* that doesn’t mean there isn’t a pay gap for so many reasons!

      Even IF she was paid “fairly” for all her previous work, not her current work, why does that preclude her from speaking up for the actresses who are NOT being paid fairly?
      You can’t take 3 contracts out of 30,000 and say that because they are “right”” that means everyone else’s must be.

      High pay doesn’t mean everything is OK. If you’re a Sports star the going rate for your position age and quality may be $1m. That’s a fortune, but if the rate goes up and other, comparable, people are suddenly getting $2m then you’ve got every right to complain that you are not getting fair treatment. You’re not broke and $1m isn’t a small amount of money, but you are , by definition, being underpaid.

      Also how is she by far the highest paid when she made $52m in a year and the SAME ARTICLE states that the previous year Bullock earned $51m!

      Look you clearly have issues with her as a person, but to use your problems with her to dismiss the fact that there is a gender pay gap is poor form mate.

      • therealeverton says:

        @ Tafy again.

        you fail to understand what the pay gap, as discussed by female actresses, like Meryl Streep and Patricia Arquette isn’t some lazy Men earned $5b in 2015 and women earned $1b equation.

        It is at best when a like for like comparison is made Men get paid more. Worse than that you will ALSO have a comparison where an actress with more prestige, say an Oscar win vs just a nomination AND / OR a better boox office record they STILL get paid less, for the same role both action, both drama etc. they ALSO are getting paid less. THIS is the pay gap. NOT an actress with no box office speaking only in a film with two time Academy award winning Male action star with hot box office AND tons of action scenes in the film.

        So no, again actually do some research and look up what people are actually talking about. The industry itself knows this is the case. Look itt up , ask, or just read, any industry info on this, from the guilds etc.

      • therealeverton says:

        @ taffy

        So you didn’t bother to read the article then?

        #Also you don’t know what hypocrite means. If Someone were complaining about something, whilst doing that same thing (JL complaining about the pay gap, whilst paying people more, or less, based on their gender, she would be a hypocrite. Complaining that she, in the past, and women, now, are not getting fair pay, whilst getting well paid, now, isn’t hypocritical…any more than ‘bob Geldof campaigning for aid whilst eating 3 square meals and living in a nice house doesn’t make him a hypocrite.

        That you think somebody who has earned multiple awards nominations since the age of 20 from ?BAFTA, SAG and The Academy AND has been the star of a multi-Billion dollar film franchise AND a co-star of the current X-Men series has somehow NOT earned respect and her salary suggests you have problems with her for some reason, there’s a lack of respect, even if she’s not your cup of tea, you cannot knock her accomplishments, global accomplishments, not just Hollywood. So she’s earned respect AND her salaries, just as Bullock has.

        There’s a gender pay gap, it’s an established fact and no longer being a victim of it doesn’t omit her from speaking up about it, if anything it means she is all the more responsible for speaking up for her fellow actresses with less power than she has.

        I suggest you actually read this article, it will help if you hose to comment on it as you won’t do so from a position of ignorance.

      • taffy says:

        By the way, in regard to Sandra Bullock (or anyone else), I don’t have a problem with her making what someone decides she’s worth as she’s proven herself time and time again. I’m capitalist all the way. What I do have a problem with is anyone who claims to be concerned about how little others are being paid while, at the same time, having their agents demand a total of $52 million in a single year. Yeah, Sandra made about the same as Jennifer Lawrence the year before (according to you) but she’s not running around to the media pretending to be the victim or whining about pay gaps. She’s not a hypocrite.

      • taffy says:

        There are two reasons for a pay gap:

        1 – Men tend to be higher paid because they tend to do action movies and comedies which are easy sells overseas and make the most money. So naturally someone who equals more profit will be paid more than, say, an actor or actress who is more focused on trying to win an Oscar by way of a heavy drama.

        2 – A-list actors are paid so much money that there’s next to nothing left over in the budget for the rest of the cast (male or female). I’m friends with a number of famous actors who are making less today per movie than they were a decade ago (despite 40+ years in the business, multiple awards and being names everyone knows) for just this reason.

        That makes Jennifer Lawrence very much a part of the problem so her trying to “bring attention” to it is laughable at best and downright disingenuous at worst.

        Compare her to Keanu Reeves who made an insane amount of money thanks to his backend deal on The Matrix movies and decided to give most of it away to the crew for all their hard work. That’s an example of someone putting their money where their mouth is (and he did it without making a big deal of it) instead of just writing an online letter and coughing up sound bites to the media.

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