Apparently, being nominated or winning an Academy Award factors into a celebrity's star power. Both Roberts and Crowe were further down on the list when the last survey was conducted in 1999 but since winning their Oscars have skyrocketed on the bankable charts. Roberts is now the highest-paid female star, commanding a $20 million paycheck.
Of the top 20 finishers in this year's poll, 12 have been nominated for an Academy Award in acting categories. Eight have won.
"Certainly at the upper levels, you are seeing some strides being made," John Burman, editor of The Hollywood Reporter's International Edition, told Reuters. "We are pointing in the right direction, but there's still a way to go."
Burman said the survey polled 114 executives at major studios and independent companies, financiers and various industry players from around the world.