Academy Awards 2016: Oscar nominees making big bank are far from highest-paid


Ebony Bowden

She made headlines in November with a scathing essay on pay inequality in Hollywood, but Jennifer Lawrence is the highest-paid Oscar nominee in 2016 by far.

According to Forbes research, Lawrence was paid nearly twice as much in the past financial year as fellow Oscar nominee, Leonardo DiCaprio.

From June 2014 to June 2015, the 25-year-old banked $US52 million pre-tax, compared to DiCaprio’s $US29 million.

In third place was The Martian star Matt Damon with $US25 million.

Being critically-acclaimed however, doesn’t necessarily mean earning the biggest bucks.

Out of this year’s 10 Oscar-nominated actresses, Lawrence was the only woman to appear on Forbes’ highest-paid list (at number one, no less).

It was a similar case for the men. DiCaprio and Damon are 2015’s highest-paid Oscar contenders, but their earnings paled in comparison to the actors with the biggest pay cheques.

And it’s not for lack of trying.

Big name nominees such as Cate Blanchett, Kate Winslet, Christian Bale, Sylvester Stallone and Eddie Redmayne – who have dozens of accolades between them – don’t come anywhere near the rich list.

Robert Downey Jr topped the 2015 highest-paid list with a whopping income of $US80 million thanks to the Iron Man franchise, followed by Jackie Chan at $US50 million and Vin Diesel at $US47 million.

It’s pretty safe to say Chan and Diesel won’t be nominated for an Oscar any time soon.

In her piece for Lena Dunham’s Lenny newsletter, Lawrence said she was mad at herself for “giving up” and not insisting to be paid the same as her male co-stars in 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.”

“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.”

The actress made five films (X-Men, Serena, The Hunger Games finales and Joy) in 2014-2015, while DiCaprio only starred in The Revenant. Damon made The Monuments Men, Interstellar and The Martian.

The 2016 Academy Awards takes place on Monday, February 29.



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