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Top 13 Movie Actors Of 2013

Kathy Zerbib |
December 25, 2013 | 1:30 a.m. PST

Film Editor

Michael B. Jordan of "Fruitvale Station" will star alongside Zac Efron in "That Awkward Moment" (Twitter/@FruitvaleMovie).
Michael B. Jordan of "Fruitvale Station" will star alongside Zac Efron in "That Awkward Moment" (Twitter/@FruitvaleMovie).
From "American Hustle" to "Fruitvale Station" to "Lee Daniels' The Butler," 2013 was a big year for movies and just as big of a year for the actors who starred in them.

Whether fresh faces or veterans of the film industry, here are the top 13 movie actors and actresses of 2013.

Michael B. Jordan

Jordan is a rising star in Hollywood. His performance as Oscar Grant in "Fruitvale Station" is one to remember. Need more proof he confirmed himself as a top player in the film industry this year? Just read more about him here.

READ MORE: Michael B. Jordan, Hollywood's Next Star

Jennifer Lawrence

She's Jennifer Lawrence. She starred in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and "American Hustle." She's AP's Entertainer of the Year. She's been named one of Barbara Walters' 10 most fascinating people of 2013. She's publicly denounced sexualizing young Hollywood stars and fat-shaming on television. She's hilarious. She's basically the "It" girl of 2013, in terms of the film industry and the rest of Hollywood.

READ MORE: Jennifer Lawrence's Best Quotes Of The Week

Benedict Cumberbatch in one of his many 2013 movies, "12 Years A Slave" (Twitter/@12YearsASlaveUK).
Benedict Cumberbatch in one of his many 2013 movies, "12 Years A Slave" (Twitter/@12YearsASlaveUK).
Benedict Cumberbatch

Cumberbatch has had quite a busy year. The TV world knows him as Sherlock Holmes in "Sherlock." The movie world recognizes his distinct appearance in "Star Trek Into Darkness," "12 Years A Slave," "The Fifth Estate," "August: Osage County," and "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." A man of many roles and quite a following, Cumberbatch is doing pretty well for himself. He also has projects lined up for 2014, including "The Hobbit: There and Back Again."

READ MORE: Fans, Fandom And The Cult Of Cumberbatch

Sandra Bullock

This year, Bullock starred in "The Heat" and "Gravity." Unsurprisingly, "Gravity" is predicted to be nominated for four Oscar awards and Bullock is thought to be in the running for Best Actress. Critics raved about her performance and she merits the attention.

READ MORE: 2013 Movies Expected To Get Oscars' Love

Leonardo DiCaprio

He started in May with "The Great Gatsby" and ended in December with "The Wolf of Wall Street." DiCaprio is one of those veteran movie stars who remains a top contender in the industry by starring in one or two big titles a year. 

READ MORE: Leonardo DiCaprio's Top 7 Movies

The face of Superman and Clark Kent, Henry Cavill (Twitter/@Hay_Lan17).
The face of Superman and Clark Kent, Henry Cavill (Twitter/@Hay_Lan17).

Henry Cavill

Superman, himself. Cavill, who starred in "The Tudors" a couple years back, jumped at the forefront of the film industry when he landed the most prominent role in "Man of Steel." With so much hype brewing about 2015's "Batman vs. Superman" movie (in which he's already been guaranteed as Clark Kent), Cavill won't soon be fading from sight.

READ MORE: The Post Credits Podcast: 'Man Of Steel'

Angelina Jolie

While she did not star in a movie this year, 2013 has been a big year for Jolie. After finding out she had an 87% chance of developing breast cancer and a 50% chance of developing ovarian cancer, the "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" actress underwent a double mastectomy to drop her risk level to under 5%. She then had breast reconstruction surgery. When Jolie went public about her operations, she was regarded as a hero. Her decision undoubtedly motivated other women to get screened for cancer.

READ MORE: Angelina Jolie's Decision Was Brave, But Is It Possible For All Women?

Forest Whitaker

Forest Whitaker is another actor with a busy 2013 agenda. In 2013, he starred in "The Last Stand," "Zulu," "Lee Daniels' The Butler," "Out of the Furnace," and "Black Nativity." He also received the Visionary Award at the 6th National Entertainment Journalism Awards, courtesy of the Los Angeles Press Club.

READ MORE: Interview: Director/Writer Kasi Lemmons On 'The Black Nativity'

Ryan Gosling

Gosling was in "Gangster Squad," "The Place Beyond The Pines," and "Only God Forgives." He plays the role of a bad boy quite well, it must be said. Expect to hear even more about this Hollywood heartthrob - he and Eva Mendes recently split.

READ MORE: Happy Birthday, Ryan Gosling!

The Hemsworth brothers on the red carpet (Twitter/@ILoveChrisHems).
The Hemsworth brothers on the red carpet (Twitter/@ILoveChrisHems).
Liam Hemsworth

Not only was Hemsworth in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" alongside Jennifer Lawrence this year, he also deserves to be on this list for all he had to put up with in the spotlight. He and Miley Cyrus called off their engagement earlier this year, and he probably won't stop being asked about her for a long time to come. Any time Cyrus pulls some new stunt, count on interviews asking him for his opinion. And she's not quite done talking about the breakup, either. Poor Liam. 

READ MORE: Miley Finally Addresses Her Breakup On 'Ellen'

Channing Tatum

The new father managed to book several projects while managing his personal life at the same time. Tatum starred in "Don Jon," "Side Effects," "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," "This Is The End,"  and "White House Down." Here's to hoping for a "Magic Mike 2" in 2014...

READ MORE: Channing Tatum May Star In Gay Rom-Com

Just imagine Melissa McCarthy and Rebel Wilson in a movie together (Twitter/@AndItsYaszie).
Just imagine Melissa McCarthy and Rebel Wilson in a movie together (Twitter/@AndItsYaszie).
Melissa McCarthy

This hilarious actress put herself on the map in 2013. On television, she stars as Molly Flynn on "Mike & Molly." On the big screen, she was in "Identity Thief," "The Hangover Part III," and "The Heat." Her confidence and comedy are her best features. Also - imagine a Melissa McCarthy and Rebel Wilson movie. Imagine.

READ MORE: Actors Who Made The Jump: Best TV-To-Film Transitions

Matthew McConaughey

The Texas-born actor starred in "The Wolf of Wall Street" and "Dallas Buyers Club" this year. His role as Ron Woodruf in the latter was an especially demanding one. McConaughey had to lose about 50 pounds to portray Woodruf, an HIV-positive homophobe who fought the FDA in the 1980s and provided unlicensed drugs to the AIDS community. McConaughey proved he could tackle such a serious role.

READ MORE: Toronto Film Festival 2013: 10 Standout Performances

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