2006's highest-paid actress is... Nicole Kidman?

145952__nk_lThe Hollywood Reporter has released its list of the highest-paid actresses of 2006. For the first time in years, human cash register Julia Roberts is nowhere to be found, since she sat the year out. Her replacement at the top? Drumroll… (prosthetic) nose-wrinkle… Nicole Kidman!

Really? The Oscar-winner reportedly makes $16-17 million per movie. If you consider her lackluster year — her only projects were voicing a penguin in Happy Feet and starring as artist Diane Arbus in this month’s indie flick Fur – that figure seems a little high. We’ll see if she’s worth it in 2007’s big-budget sci-fi flick Invasion. Meanwhile, the rest of the top earners seem typical enough. Reese, RenĂ©e, Drew, Cameron… wow, reading those names, I conjured up some face/body-blending imagery and realized those four could all probably stand in for each other on set. I wonder what the going rate for subbing-in would be. A mil a day? Plus tax?

But what do you think? Should Nicole be making that much? Do you like living in a world in which Kirsten Dunst gets $10 million for showing up? And which actresses should be on the list that aren’t? Dakota Fanning comes to mind…

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  • kana

    Yes. Of all the names on the list, Nicole Kidman is the only one with enough acting chops to get this Netflix queen off her sofa and into the theater.

  • nathan

    Kidman has made so many duds over her career that I can’t understand why she still commands so much money. Worth it? nope.

  • mike

    The most underrated and underpaid actress working today is Kate Winslet.

  • Chad

    Nicole Kidman is nothing more then a mediocre actress with a very low box office pull. Her pay should be cut in half or more! The critics need to stop praising her for the garbage that she puts out there. There needs to be a whole new set of highly paid actresses. This list is old/boring/dull.

  • graeme

    I find this list very strange. I know that these figures include some upcoming movies for these ladies, but what was the last big flick that Kidman made? Bewitched? That was 2005.
    Did Halle get paid that much for being in X3? Diaz for “The Holiday”?
    I guess Dunst can thank Spider-Man 3 for somehow making onto this list.
    A lot of these ladies, my first question is “what was the last big movie they were in? I can hardly remember”.
    People missing…
    Sandra Bullock & Jodie Foster (the ladies with real box-office drawing power)

  • Ceballos

    Nicole’s lackluster credits for this year were already mentioned.
    Here are this year’s films (so far) for the rests of the actresses mentioned above:
    Drew Barrymore: Curious George
    Renee, Reese and Cameron: (umm…a little help?) Cameron has “The Holiday” coming out in a few weeks, that’s all I’ve got.
    That list is deceiving in that it seems to be counting deals made this year (it certainly isn’t for MOVIES released this year).
    Regardless, that list is kinda sad…which is why, even at age 57, MERYL STREEP (“The Devil Wears Prada” was a big hit, and “A Prairie Home Companion” was very well received and made a little coin) deserves to be the highest paid actress in Hollywood. Deal with that, rest of overpaid actresses!

  • Amy

    Ditto, Mike. Kate Winslet deserves to be the #1 paid actress across the board. Sublimely talented and incredibly underrated.

  • Nav

    Nicole Kidman is a good actress, but her box office grosses do not justify such a high asking price. However, if studios are willing to pay it, can you blame her for taking it? If she wants to keep that price, she should make better career choices (Uh, no more Stepford Wives or Bewitched, Nicole!)

  • EP Sato

    I like Nicole Kidman. She’s cute, dissed her ex for being shorter than her and she never got into scientology. And then, in that UN movie she made, old girl has a thrilling chase scene that was filmed with her riding a classic Vespa scooter. She made the top of my fantasy list after that.
    Nicole’s a fun actress who plays diverse roles, and it’s slick to me that they are paying her the proverbial fat cash. I just wish Gina Torres and Grace Park’s fine azzes were making that kind of money too.

  • jaime

    I know somebody said it already, but what about Sandra Bullock? Would ANYONE have seen “The Lake House” had it not been for her? Plus, she (in part) helped make Crash earn as much as it did in the box office.
    And Jodie Foster makes sense too. Flightplan? Inside Man? Weren’t both those movies big hits?

  • cj

    i’m not saying anne hathaway(forgive my spelling)should get all the money but she has made more money making movies than jennifer,bless her boring #10 soul aniston.

  • aron

    Call me crazy, but none of these actresses really deserve those paychecks (esp. Cameron Diaz-how annoying and ugly is she?)

  • e

    kirsten dunst shouldn’t get ten DOLLARS for showing up anywhere with that snaggletoothed face of hers. she is someone whose appeal is ENTIRELY lost on me.

  • Madeleine

    Kate Winslet and Kate Blanchett should be #1 and #2 on the list.
    Nicole hasn’t done anything interesting in ages, she’s coasting on LONG AGO past successes. And her frozen, botoxed forehead is making her painful to watch.

  • jen

    Has Nicole Kidman had some kind of plastic surgery? Eyes, cheeks, upper lip? I’ve been trying to figure this out for months…she just looks weird.

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