Robert Downey Jr. named Most Valuable Star of 2013

Vulture said about Robert Downey Jr.: "His appeal is off the charts, and he has a studio rating third only to Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio’s. And he’s managed his stardom with grace and good humor, a remarkable turnaround from the drug-fuelled days when he was an uninsurable lost boy."


Robert Downey Jr. has been named the Most Valuable Star of 2013.

The Iron Man 3 actor topped Vulture’s annual Hollywood list for the second time.

Leonardo DiCaprio came in second, and was labelled "The Star Who Started Smiling Again."


Silver Linings Playbook actress Jennifer Lawrence was in third place, and was given "The Breakthrough BFF" title.

The publication compiles its list based on several criteria, including a star’s box-office power (domestic and overseas), awareness and popularity, the value they bring to a production studio, likeability, Oscar mentions, Twitter and tabloid mentions, and critics’ score.

Praising Downey—who has battled drug addiction in the past—as "The King," Vulture said about the star:

"His appeal is off the charts, and he has a studio rating third only to Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio’s.

"And he’s managed his stardom with grace and good humor, a remarkable turnaround from the drug-fuelled days when he was an uninsurable lost boy."

Rounding out the top five were "Never-been-better Superstar" Sandra Bullock and "Golden Boy" Brad Pitt, in fourth and fifth place, respectively.

The publication said of the highest-ranked stars: "In second place is Leonardo DiCaprio; while he doesn’t have the career box-office tallies of a Will Smith, he has proved that he can help a studio make a prestige project pay off: Would The Great Gatsby have made nearly $350 million worldwide without him?

"Sandra Bullock safely sits in fourth place after following summer comedy hit The Heat with the enormous critical and commercial smash Gravity."

Will Smith, Christian Bale, Denzel Washington, Tom Hanks (who shot up 25 places from last year’s rankings), and Johnny Depp rounded out the top 10.


Vulture’s Most Valuable Stars of 2013 top 20:

1. Robert Downey Jr.

2. Leonardo DiCaprio

3. Jennifer Lawrence

4. Sandra Bullock

5. Brad Pitt

6. Will Smith

7. Christian Bale

8. Denzel Washington

9. Tom Hanks

10. Johnny Depp

11. Hugh Jackman

12. Angelina Jolie

13. Meryl Streep

14. Tom Cruise

15. Daniel Radcliffe

16. Jennifer Aniston

17. Daniel Craig

18. George Clooney

19. Matt Damon

20. Mila Kunis

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