1. JENNIFER LAWRENCE
An Academy Award nominee for Best Actress at the age of 20, Jennifer Lawrence arrived with a bang as the gritty backwoods daughter forced to grow up too fast in Winter’s Bone. Lawrence was a Kentucky gal herself, but has been acting in New York and LA since the age of 14.
Unlike Hailee Steinfeld, the Coen bros discovery who also picked up an Oscar nomination (in the supporting category) this year, Lawrence has lots of momentum, including a substantial role in the latest X-Men and a supporting turn in upcoming Sundance winner Like Crazy. More than that, she has nabbed the starring role in what some are touting as the next
Twilight series – or if you prefer, the pre-teen equivalent to the Millennium Trilogy, The Hunger Games. She’s been cast as Katniss Everdeen, who volunteers to participate in the dystopian version of a reality TV show. Part two, Catching Fire, is already in the works. Before that, we’ll see her playing Elizabeth Shue’s daughter in The House at the End of the Street. That line up is why Jennifer Lawrence has come out of nowhere to top our hot list this year.