Celeb Winners and Losers of 2013
Some stars will happily be flipping their calendars to 2014. Others, well, they'll always have fond memories of that one year when everything seemed to fall into place. Check out our breakdown of the celebs who were winning and those who didn't fare so well in 2013!
Winner: Jennifer Lawrence
Too bad J.Law isn't available to give an acceptance speech for landing a winning spot on our list. Every time she opens her mouth, we fall more in love with her down-to-earth, quirky personality. Lawrence was a winner at the Oscars, too, where she walked away with the Best Actress trophy for last year's "Silver Linings Playbook." She also reigned at the box office, where "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" was, as expected, a behemoth that has taken in more than $740 million globally since opening Nov. 22. Forbes estimated that Lawrence herself earned $26 million between June 2012 and June 2013, which was enough to land her at the No. 2 spot on the magazine's list of the year's highest-paid actresses, right behind Angelina Jolie. Not bad for a 23-year-old!
Loser: Lamar Odom
Hard to believe that Odom was on top of the world not too long ago … before rumors swirled that he was cheating on wife Khloé Kardashian, an August DUI charge, a brief stint in rehab, and finally an official split. Khloé filed for divorce in December and she was promptly seen hanging out with L.A. Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp. Next year has to be better for the former NBA player!
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Queen B was fierce throughout 2013, but she practically made the Internet explode in December when she dropped a new album accompanied with music videos for all 17 songs with absolutely no warning. Quite a way to cap off a year that saw Bey perform at President Obama's second inauguration (although she did face a lip-syncing scandal) and the Super Bowl halftime show, as well as the premiere of her HBO documentary, "Life Is but a Dream." What can Jay Z's woman and Blue Ivy's mama possibly do to top it in 2014? She's sure to think of something!
Winner: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
Just when you thought that the A-list couple had reached the height of their success, they go and have a year like this one. Pitt, who turned 50 in December, had the biggest opening ever for one of his films when "World War Z" debuted with ticket sales of $66.4 million in June, and another of his films, "12 Years a Slave," tied with "American Hustle" to lead the Golden Globe nominations. As for Angie, most of her acclaim came from what she did off the screen this year. In May, she revealed that she'd undergone a preventive double mastectomy in an eloquent op-ed piece in The New York Times titled "My Medical Choice." In it, she explained that she is genetically predisposed to develop breast cancer — the disease that killed her mother, Marcheline Bertrand, in 2007. "On April 27, I finished the three months of medical procedures that the mastectomies involved," she wrote. "During that time I have been able to keep this private and to carry on with my work. But I am writing about it now because I hope that other women can benefit from my experience." Jolie was also honored at the Motion Picture Academy's annual Governors Awards in November with the annual Humanitarian Award for her charitable work around the world.