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One thing that stands true is the power of a nomination for the Academy Awards. In light of that, GOBankingRates has ranked the overall richest winners in the best picture, best director, best actor, best actress, best supporting actor and best supporting actress categories from the past decade.
The richest of the rich are household names who have gained fame through acting, directing or producing but added to their fortunes with business ventures.
Last updated: April 9, 2021
Ang Lee: $32 Million
2013, Directing: “Life of Pi”
Director and producer Ang Lee won his second directing Oscar in 2013 for “Life of Pi.” He first won for “Brokeback Mountain” in 2006.
Gary Oldman: $40 Million
2018, Actor in a Leading Role: “Darkest Hour”
Although he was nominated earlier in the decade for his first Oscar — in 2012 for “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” — Gary Oldman didn’t take home his first win until 2018 for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour.”
The British character actor has also starred in his fair share of big-budget films, including the “Harry Potter” and “The Dark Knight” franchises.
Peter Farrelly: $40 Million
2019, Best Picture: “Green Book”
Despite the controversy surrounding the film, “Green Book” won multiple awards at the most recent Oscars ceremony, including for best picture and writing (original screenplay). As one of the film’s producers and writers, Peter Farrelly took home his first two Oscars last year.
Although 2019 was the first year Farrelly became an Oscar winner, the writer, producer and director has a long history in comedy with big hits that include “Dumb and Dumber” and “There’s Something About Mary.”
Kathryn Bigelow: $40 Million
2010, Directing: “The Hurt Locker”
2010, Best Picture: “The Hurt Locker”
Kathryn Bigelow made history at the 2010 ceremony as the first female director to win an Oscar. She beat out her ex-husband James Cameron for the directing statuette, and also won the best picture award as the producer of the film. Bigelow was nominated for the best picture Oscar again in 2012 for “Zero Dark Thirty.”
Alejandro Iñárritu: $40 Million
2015, Directing: “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
2015, Best Picture: “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
2016, Directing: “The Revenant”
Director, producer and writer Alejandro Iñárritu had two big years in a row at the Oscars. In 2015 he won awards for directing, best picture and writing (original screenplay) for “Birdman,” and in 2016 he won the directing award for “The Revenant.” Iñárritu also received a special award from the Academy in 2017 for a virtual reality installation he created.
Joaquin Phoenix: $50 Million
2020, Actor in a Leading Role: “Joker”
A four-time Oscar nominee, Joaquin Phoenix finally won his first statuette in 2020. He was previously nominated for “Gladiator” in 2001, “Walk the Line” in 2006 and “The Master” in 2013.
Phoenix was paid just $4.5 million for his work on “Joker,” according to Variety. However, the Mirror reported he’s in talks to receive $50 million to reprise his role in two sequels.
Alfonso Cuaron: $50 Million
2014, Directing: “Gravity”
2019, Directing: “Roma”
The past decade has been a good one for director, writer and producer Alfonso Cuaron, who won Oscars for directing and film editing for “Gravity” in 2014, and for cinematography and directing for “Roma” in 2019.
In October 2019, Cuaron signed a multiyear deal with Apple TV+ that no doubt added a nice chunk of change to his net worth.
Julianne Moore: $55 Million
2015, Actress in a Leading Role: “Still Alice”
Even though Julianne Moore had been nominated four times before, it wasn’t until 2015 that she won her first Oscar.
Moore has a number of projects in the works, including the upcoming films “The Glorias,” “The Woman in the Window” and “Mothertrucker” as well as the upcoming TV series “Lisey’s Story.”
Daniel Day-Lewis: $50 Million
2013, Actor in a Leading Role: “Lincoln”
Daniel Day-Lewis has been nominated for six Oscars and won three, most recently in 2013 for “Lincoln.” It will be the final win for the British actor, who announced his retirement from the industry in 2017.
Anne Hathaway: $60 Million
2013, Actress in a Supporting Role: “Les Miserables”
Anne Hathaway has come a long way since her first movie, “The Princess Diaries.” The actress scored her first Oscar nomination in 2009 for “Rachel Getting Married” and won her first Oscar in 2013.
Renée Zellweger: $90 Million
2020, Actress in a Leading Role: “Judy”
She’s scored two Oscars, but the seriously talented Renée Zellweger has been nominated four times. In 2002, she received a nod for “Bridget Jones’s Diary” and in 2003, she was nominated for “Chicago.” Zellweger finally won her first Oscar in 2004 — Actress in a Supporting Role — for “Cold Mountain.
Jared Leto: $90 Million
2014, Actor in a Supporting Role: “Dallas Buyers Club”
The multitalented Jared Leto has found success as both a musician — as the lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter for the band Thirty Seconds to Mars — and an actor, starring in a number of big- and small-screen roles throughout his career. The first year he was nominated for an Oscar was 2014, and he ended up winning.
Natalie Portman: $90 Million
2011, Actress in a Leading Role: “Black Swan”
Natalie Portman can thank big-budget movies like the “Thor” films for her high net worth. The big paychecks also allow her flexibility to pursue passion projects, like “Black Swan,” which earned Portman her first Oscar.
Cate Blanchett: $95 Million
2014, Actress in a Leading Role: “Blue Jasmine”
Cate Blanchett was nominated for an Oscar twice in the past decade — for “Blue Jasmine” in 2014 and for “Carol” in 2016. Blanchett won in 2014 nine years after she took home her first Academy Award for “The Aviator.” In addition to her awards-fodder films, the Australian actress pads her net worth by starring in blockbuster movies like “Thor: Ragnarok,” which helped propel her to No. 8 on Forbes’ list of highest-paid actresses of 2017.
Jeff Bridges: $100 Million
2010, Actor in a Leading Role: “Crazy Heart”
Jeff Bridges scored his first Oscar nomination back in 1972 for “The Last Picture Show,” but it wasn’t until 2010 that he actually won for “Crazy Heart.” He’s been nominated two other times this decade — in 2011 for “True Grit” and in 2017 for “Hell or High Water.”
Christian Bale: $120 Million
2011, Actor in a Supporting Role: “The Fighter”
Christian Bale has been nominated for four Oscars over the past decade: for “The Fighter” in 2011, for “American Hustle” in 2014, for “The Big Short” in 2016 and for “Vice” in 2019.
Although his turn as Batman didn’t earn Bale any Oscar nominations, it did earn him some sizeable paychecks. According to The Richest, Bale reportedly earned $54 million to star in the “Dark Knight” trilogy from 2005 to 2012.
Matthew McConaughey: $140 Million
2014, Actor in a Leading Role: “Dallas Buyers Club”
Matthew McConaughey was the king of rom-coms before he took on the role of a man diagnosed with HIV/AIDs for “Dallas Buyers Club,” shocking audiences with his dramatic weight loss transformation. The physical sacrifice he made paid off for McConaughey, who took home his first Oscar in 2014 for the film.
Ben Affleck: $150 Million
2013, Best Picture: “Argo”
Ben Affleck directed, produced and starred in “Argo,” but he was only nominated as a producer of the film in 2013. Previously, Affleck won a writing Oscar for “Good Will Hunting” in 1998.
Although “Argo” earned Affleck acclaim, it was his role in “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” that helped him earn his biggest paycheck of the decade, according to Forbes. The publication also reported he’s scored eight-figure paydays for the upcoming films “The Last Duel” and “Hypnotic.”
Meryl Streep: $160 Million
2012, Actress in a Leading Role: “The Iron Lady”
Meryl Streep has been nominated for an acting Oscar nearly every year for the past decade: in 2010 for “Julia & Julia,” in 2012 for “The Iron Lady,” in 2014 for “August: Osage County,” in 2015 for “Into the Woods,” in 2017 for “Florence Foster Jenkins” and in 2018 for “The Post.” However, of those years, she only took home an award in 2012.
Although she only won one Oscar over the last decade, Streep previously won in 1980 for “Kramer vs. Kramer” and 1983 for “Sophie’s Choice.”
Jennifer Lawrence: $160 Million
2013, Actress in a Leading Role: “Silver Linings Playbook”
Jennifer Lawrence is now a household name, but she was essentially an unknown actress when she scored her first Oscar nomination in 2011 for “Winter’s Bone.” The young star then became a regular at the Academy Awards throughout the decade, with nominations following in 2013 (“Silver Linings Playbook”), 2014 (“American Hustle”) and 2016 (“Joy”).
Not only has Lawrence been a hit with the Academy, but a hit with the masses as well as the star of the “Hunger Games” movie franchise. Her big paychecks from the films made her Forbes’ highest-paid actress in both 2015 and 2016.
Sandra Bullock: $200 Million
2010, Actress in a Leading Role: “The Blind Side”
Sandra Bullock has acting credits dating back to the late ’80s but it wasn’t until 2010 that she scored her first Oscar nomination — and win — for her portrayal of Leigh Anne Tuohy in “The Blind Side.” Bullock was nominated again in 2014 for “Gravity,” but lost that year to Cate Blanchett. Even though she didn’t take home the 2014 award, her role in “Gravity” helped her become Forbes’ highest-paid actress of that year, with $51 million in earnings.
Leonardo DiCaprio: $260 Million
2016, Actor in a Leading Role: “The Revenant”
Critics and fans alike lamented that Leonardo DiCaprio had been snubbed by the Academy time and time again, racking up four acting nominations — and losses — before he finally took home the prize in 2016 for portraying Hugh Glass in “The Revenant.”
DiCaprio has built his net worth through both his on-screen and behind-the-screen work, including producing a series of environmental documentaries for Netflix.
Brad Pitt: $300 Million
2014, Best Picture: “12 Years a Slave”
2020, Actor in a Supporting Role: “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood”
Brad Pitt has been nominated a total of seven times — four times for acting and three times as a producer. He won his first Oscar in 2014 for producing “12 Years a Slave” and his second in 2020 for Best Supporting Actor in “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood.”
The A-lister earned $10 million for his work on “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood,” according to Variety.
George Clooney: $500 Million
2013 Best Picture: “Argo”
George Clooney is best known as an actor, but it was his role as a producer on the film “Argo” that earned him a best picture win in 2013. This was the second Oscar for Clooney, who won in 2006 for his supporting actor role in “Syriana.”
In addition to his acting and directing, Clooney has boosted his net worth through his tequila company Casamigos, which he sold in 2018 for $700 million, Forbes reported.
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Laura Woods contributed to the reporting for this article.