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All of the Oscar nominees are doing rather well for themselves, both financially and professionally. But the competitive nature of the acting world means that there’s always a desire to know exactly who is the cream of the crop, and who we can label as either the best or the richest. And it turns out that, over the course of the last 12 months, the honor of being the highest-paid Oscar nominee belongs to none other than Jennifer Lawrence.

According to Forbes, 25-year-old Jennifer Lawrence banked $52 million in 2015. In fact, the only actor to pocket more than her last year was Robert Downey Jr., who took home the eye-watering sum of $80 million thanks to his Marvel contract, which saw him get paid extortionately for his work on the upcoming Captain America: Civil War and last year's Avengers: Age Of Ultron.

Meanwhile, Jennifer Lawrence was able to earn $52 million between June 2014 and June 2015 thanks to her work on the Hunger Games trilogy, as well as the upfront payment that she pocketed for her performance on the David O. Russell-directed Joy. Plus, the fact that she’s a bona-fide beauty and charismatic actress means that she also signed a sensationally lucrative contract with Dior, too. Not too bad for a year's work.

Basically, Jennifer Lawrence is absolutely killing it right now. Especially when you add in the fact that, unlike Robert Downey Jr., Lawrence is also repeatedly earning nominations for her performances. Her portrayal of Miracle Mop creator Joy Mangano in Joy earned her a fourth Academy Award nomination, which she previously claimed for her work in Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle, and Joy. While Robert Downey Jr. himself is no stranger to being dotted on by the Academy – he was previously nominated for his performances in Tropic Thunder and Chaplin – he is yet to truly combine his turns as Tony Stark with other critically acclaimed roles. The Soloist, we hardly knew ye.

Obviously, the huge success of the Hunger Games franchise, which came to an end with the release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 back in November 2015, and her continued award nominations proves that Jennifer Lawrence has been able to maintain a mainstream popularity at the same time as taking more artistically stimulating roles, all while earning a good wad of cash, too. Unfortunately, while Lawrence had a rather profitable 2015, it didn’t make such great reading for the other female Oscar nominees. That’s because no other actresses that has been nominated in the Best Actress or Supporting categories earned more than the $6 million cut off set by Forbes to make the Highest-Paid Actress ranking. Which is yet further proof that Hollywood still has a long way to go to stamp out gender inequality.
Jennifer Lawrence is going up against Cate Blanchett (Carol), Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn), Charlotte Rampling (45 Years), and Brie Larson (Room) for the Best Actress award on Sunday. And while Lawrence might be streets ahead of her peers when it comes to her bank balance, Brie Larson's stunning turn in the powerful Room is the clear favorite for the gong. We'll see if she comes out on top when the 88th Academy Awards unfold this Sunday. Tune in.

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