Jennifer Lawrence’s box office draw, and recent roles in not one but two film franchises, earned her the top spot in Forbes magazine’s top 10 most powerful actresses of 2014 list released on Monday.
“Who says women can’t be action heroes?” asked the magazine, which cited Lawrence’s lead roles in two hit franchises, Katniss Everdeen in “The Hunger Games” and Mystique/Raven in “X-Men: Days of Future Past” ($712.6 million at the box office worldwide and counting) helped secure her the win. “Lawrence is proving that women can be as big as draw for blockbuster as men … Combine that box office prowess with three Oscar nominations and one win and you have the most powerful actresses in Hollywood,” added the publication.
Lawrence, 23, who placed second on last year’s list, was followed by 2010 Oscar winner, Sandra Bullock. While the 49-year-old star’s critically-acclaimed role in Alfonso Cuarón “Gravity” was mentioned as a reason for her win, Forbes also shared that it was her recent title of “highest-paid actress” which won her the second place spot.
Last year’s winner, Angelina Jolie, can thank her recent box office success with the Disney film “Maleficent” for earning her third place on the coveted list. The magazine (also mentioning the actresses triumph return to showbusiness following her recent mastectomy) said the ability to make a famous villain lovable all the while contributing to her beloved charity projects was noteworthy.
For the first time in her career, Scarlett Johansson placed on the list, taking fourth for her lead female role in “The Avengers,” and her lucrative endorsement gigs. “Friends” aluminist Jennier Aniston followed closely behind in fifth for her fan-favorite 2013 comedy “We’re the Millers” and her never-ending sitcom residuals.
Other notable names in the top 10 included: Lawrence’s “American Hustle” co-star Amy Adams, "conscious uncoupling" actress Gwenyth Paltrow, Hollywood veteran Meryl Steep, “Sex Tape” star Cameron Diaz and, in last place, “Thor” actress Natalie Portman.