Forbes magazine has come out with its list of the Best Actresses for The Buck list.
At the top is 41-year-old Australian Naomi Watts, who stars in many smaller indie films–notably The Painted Veil and Ellie Parker— but has also made a few bigger ones too– King Kong and The International. She’s super talented and confident in a variety of roles.
Second is 39-year-old American Jennifer Connelly, who chooses eclecticly. I’ve enjoyed her work in Requiem for a Dream, House of Sand and Fog and Blood Diamond. But do not know why she wasted her time in such tripe as He’s Just Not That Into You and The Day the Earth Stood Still. Everyone needs a paycheck and sometimes scripts look better than the final product, I suppose.
Third is a young talent: 29-year-old Canadian Rachel McAdams who charms in even poorly executed films [The Time Traveler’s Wife]. McAdams dazzled in The Notebook and the smaller, little seen thriller State of Play. She made The Red Eye, along with Cilian Murphy, much more entertaining and bankable. She soon stars along with Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law in the much anticipated Sherlock Holmes.
To quote Forbes:
Based on our latest estimations of the actresses in Hollywood who offer studios the best return on investment, there are plenty who offer more bang for the buck than Jolie. The women who came out on the top of our list tend to be lower-profile stars who are happy earning paychecks of around $5 million and under.
Top-ranked Naomi Watts is a perfect example. The actress has yet to be involved in any kind of high-profile scandal and she usually shares equal screen time with a male lead, like in last year’s The International, which also featured Clive Owen.