The most talked-about actresses in 2015

Sunday, December 6th, 2015. Filed under: Entertainment Film Hollywood Stars Photos
Alicia Vikander is one of the stars of "The Danish Girl." ©AFP PHOTO /VALERIE MACON

Alicia Vikander is one of the stars of “The Danish Girl.”
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(Relaxnews) – Talented, moving, militant, in the media spotlight … For all these reasons and more, five actresses were in the news this year.

Alicia Vikander: confirmation of her rising star
She is only 27, but Alicia Vikander has already conquered Hollywood. In 2015, this Swedish actress proved that she is a rising star by appearing in no less than five movies. First noticed for her performance as a psychologically complex robot in the science fiction thriller “Ex Machina,” she has subsequently taken on a variety of roles, including a historical biopic (“Testament of Youth”), a spy movie (“The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”) and an action drama (“Burnt”). The actress ended 2015 perfectly with the release of “The Danish Girl,” which could get her an Oscar nomination.

Dakota Johnson starred in "Black Mass" alongside Johnny Depp. ©AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO

Dakota Johnson starred in “Black Mass” alongside Johnny Depp.
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Dakota Johnson: the revelation
After taking small roles in “21 Jump Street” and “The Social Network”, the daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith made her own name by accepting to play the ingénue Anastasia Steele in the movie adaptation of “Fifty Shades of Grey”. This role gave her unprecedented media exposure and international recognition, despite the criticisms of the film. In 2015, she has also starred in “Black Mass” alongside Johnny Depp.

Patricia Arquette got a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in "Boyhood". ©AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHE

Patricia Arquette got a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in “Boyhood”.
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Patricia Arquette: the militant
In February, Patricia Arquette was applauded by many of her peers for her Best Supporting Actress Oscar acceptance speech. She spoke passionately about equality between men and women, especially in terms of wages, in the US. Her words got a particularly positive response from Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lopez, who were in the audience and are also known for speaking out on such issues.

Jennifer Lawrence: the best paid

Jennifer Lawrence was the best paid actress in 2015 thanks to her roles in the "Hunger Games" and "X-Men" sagas. ©AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY

Jennifer Lawrence was the best paid actress in 2015 thanks to her roles in the “Hunger Games” and “X-Men” sagas.
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Although she is also a campaigner for equal pay, Jennifer Lawrence was named the best paid actress in Hollywood in 2015, having earned an estimated $52 million. This was another busy year for the “Hunger Games” star and Hollywood favorite. Aside from her adieu to the character of Katniss Everdeen with the release of the last “Hunger Games” instalment, the actress also worked on “X-Men: Apocalypse”, was photographed for Dior ad campaigns, and was said to be preparing three major projects — one with Darren Aronosky, Steven Spielberg’s “It’s What I Do”, and scriptwriting with Amy Schumer. The last week of the year will see the release of “Joy” on which she worked once again with the director David O. Russell and the actors Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro.

Viola Davis will star in "Suicide Squad" in 2016. ©AFP PHOTO/ CHRIS DELMAS

Viola Davis will star in “Suicide Squad” in 2016.
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Viola Davis: the queen of the small screen
The star of the series “How to Get Away With Murder” caught the public’s attention by becoming the first black woman to win an Emmy award for best actress in a drama series. The actress, who previously had a role in “The Help”, was very moved to have received the award, and was given a standing ovation and congratulated by peers such as Kerry Washington. In 2015, Viola Davis returned to the big screen with a role in “Suicide Squad”, a film slated for release in the summer of 2016 which will also star Will Smith, Jared Leto, Ben Affleck and Margot Robbie.

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