Nov 29, 2009

Hollywood's Other A-List

In Hollywood, the A-list is determined by those actors who can guarantee buffo box office around the world and who can win tons of awards. The stars who can succeed win acclaim, praise and adoration from the hotshot producers and the loving (and judging) public. Oh, and they tend to rake in the big bucks. 

Each year, Forbes comes out with its annual list of Hollywood's elite. This year, they have devised a new list, Hollywood's Real A-List. The list is devised of actors who have been nominated for Oscars and who have also made good money at the box office. This year's top scorer was People's sexiest man alive, Johnny Depp. 

Depp's combination of acting chops and mass (sex) appeal puts him at the top of Hollywood's real A-list. Thanks to his captivating performance as Captain Jack Sparrow in Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean series, the three films have earned an astounding $2.7 billion at the box office worldwide. His films over the past five years (including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) have earned $3 billion, putting him at the top of Forbe's earners list. The stunner has also been nominated for a Best Actor Oscar three times, though he has never won. 

People's former sexiest man alive, Brad Pitt, ranked second after Depp. The heartthrob father of six proved he is more than just a pretty face when he earned rave reviews (and a Best Actor Oscar nomination) for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. The movie went on to earn $334 million at the box office. Guess Angie and Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Vivienne and Knox aren't slowing this fox down. 

The late Heath Ledger ranks third in the list. Over the past five years, his films earned $1.3 billion and the actor even won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar posthumously last year for his chilling portrayal of the Joker. 

The lady of the hour, Meryl Streep, ranks fifth on the list (Will Smith is fourth) and is the most Oscar nominated actress of all time. She is also the highest-ranking woman on Forbes' list with two Oscar nominations in the last five years and $1.3 billion in box office earnings. How's that for girl power!

Basic math: Oscar + Box Office = Real Hollywood A-List.

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