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Sandra Bullock tops this year’s list of highest paid actresses

Sandra Bullock, best actress nominee for her role in "Gravity," wearing an Alexander McQueen gown with Lorraine Schwartz jewels arrives at the 86th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California March 2, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson - Thanks to “Gravity,” Sandra Bullock was the highest paid actress of the year according to, who released their annual ranking on Monday.

Bullock made an estimated $51 million between June 2013 and June 2014. The unexpected box-office surprise of Alfonso Cuaron’s Oscar-winning space thriller allowed Bullock to jump from #7 on Forbes’ list last year to #1 this year.

Bullock is followed by Jennifer Lawrence, who made approximately $34 million thanks to “The Hunger Games” and her endorsement deal with Dior, while Jennifer Aniston made $31 million with hefty back-end deals for hits like “We're the Millers” and endorsement deals with companies like Aveeno to land at #3.

Gwenyth Paltrow landed at #4 with $19 million, while last year's highest paid actress, Angelina Jolie, came in at #5, tied with Cameron Diaz. Both actresses made about $18 million.

To calculate their rankings, Forbes contacted agents, producers, lawyers and other “in-the-know folks” for their assessment; they did not deduct for taxes, agent fees or “the other costs of being a celebrity.”

Forbes’ annual ranking also found that women are still making much less than their male counterparts. While Forbes’ top 10 highest paid actors, led by Robert Downey Jr., made $419 million combined, the top ten actresses made just over half that combined — about $226 million.

Scarlett Johansson ($17 million), Amy Adams ($13 million), Natalie Portman ($13 million) and Kristen Stewart ($12 million) rounded out the top 10 highest paid actresses of the year.