Emma Stone tops list of best-paid actresses

Oscar-winning Emma Stone capped a perfect 12 months last week as she knocked Jennifer Lawrence off the top spot on Forbes’ 2017 list of the world’s highest-paid actresses.

Emma, 28, who won best actress for her role as a struggling performer in La La Land, made US$26mn in pre-tax earnings in the year up to June, according to the magazine's annual chart. Friends star Jennifer

Aniston (48) also leapfrogged JLaw, grabbing the runner-up spot with earnings of US$25.5mn, boosted by numerous endorsement deals across the world.

JLaw’s US$24mn was enough for third spot but a shadow of the 27 year old's earnings in the last Forbes list. The star, who took the best actress Oscar for 2012 comedy-drama Silver Linings Playbook, topped the 2016 chart for a second successive year with US$46mn. Melissa McCarthy and Mila Kunis - on US$18mn and US$15.5mn respectively - rounded off the world’s five highest-paid actresses.

The top ten - also including Emma Watson, Charlize Theron, Cate Blanchett, Julia Roberts and Amy Adams - made a combined US$172.5mn, down 16 per cent from last year’s US$205mn total, said Forbes. The actors’ list due to be published later in the week is expected to show once again men banking far more than their female counterparts. The issue of pay disparity grabbed headlines in 2014 after a leak of stolen emails showed that JLaw was paid less than her male co-stars in American Hustle.

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