Year in Review 2010: Hollywood's Winners & Losers

Check out the year's highs and lows in Hollywood, from sizzling stars who struck box office gold to filmmakers who flamed out.

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HOLLYWOOD - APRIL 12: Actress Zoe Saldana attends the "Death At A Funeral" Los Angeles Premiere at Pacific's Cinerama Dome on April 12, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
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Winner: Chloe Grace Moretz. She gave a star-making turn in Kick-Ass as a foul-mouthed crime-fighter and then starred in the criminally ignored vampire film Let Me In. You’ll be seeing more of her in 2011 in films with Martin Scorsese and Sam Worthington, among others. Check out the year's other highs and lows in Hollywood.
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Winner: Tom Hardy. He gave the best performance in the most talked about movie of the year, Inception. In the year ahead he’ll be seen three new films, including Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, before playing the villain in the next Batman movie.
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Loser: Kristen Bell. She starred in two films this year -- When in Rome and the equally reviled You Again. And the year ain’t over yet. She plays the heavy in Christina Aguilera’s upcoming Showgirls rip-off, Burlesque. Oof.
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Loser: Josh Duhamel. Super dreamy and not a bad actor, he had a wretched year, starring in The Romantics -- which we didn’t care for -- and Life as We Know It and When in Rome, both of which we avoided. The three films combined scored a 61 at Rotten Tomatoes and took in $76 million.
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Loser: Joaquin Phoenix. The “documentary” I’m Not There, about Phoenix's faux pursuit of a rap career (which took its title from a film about the diaries of children who survived the Holocaust) was largely ignored. Nice work, jackalope.
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Winner: Ben Affleck. Affleck proved that his directorial debut, Gone Baby, Gone, was no fluke. Affleck directed, wrote and starred in The Town, a well-received heist drama, which featured some great performances from Jeremy Renner, Blake Lively and Rebecca Hall (left).
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Winner: Emma Stone. She carried the teen-sex comedy Easy A, earning great reviews and more than $50 million at the box office. She’s got four film’s due in 2011 was cast in the Spider-Man reboot. It’s enough to make us forget she was in Marmaduke.
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Loser: Katherine Heigl. She made a triumphant transition from Grey’s Anatomy to the big screen opposite Seth Rogen in Knocked Up. It’s been a slow march of pain since then, with 2010 offering Life as We Know it and Killers, one of the worst movies we saw this year.
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Loser: Ashton Kutcher. Things weren’t much better for Kutcher, who starred alongside Heigl in Killers, which extended his streak of critically panned films to 16.
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Winner: Noomi Rapace. She starred in the film adaptation trilogy of the hottest literary sensation of the young century, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and its successors. Her victory lap showed she had Hollywood appeal and got here cast in Sherlock Holmes 2.
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Winner: Mary Elizabeth Winstead. For reasons we still don’t understand, everyone ignored Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. So take our word for it: Winstead was great. You can look forward to ignoring our recommendation you see her next year in The Thing.
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Winner: Joel Edgerton. The Australian is finally getting noticed Stateside, thanks to The Square, a Coen-esque neo-noir directed by his brother, Noel, that he co-wrote and starred in. Also turning heads is his role in Animal Kingdom, a crime family epic. You'll see him alongside Winstead in The Thing.
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Winner: Greta Gerwig. After a nice run as a star of the mumblecore movement, Gerwig got herself noticed for her turn as Ben Stiller’s love interest in Greenberg, parlaying the recognition into the lead female role opposite Russell Brand in Arthur.
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Winner: The Duplass Brothers. The godfathers of mumblecore broke through this year with their brilliant Oedipal love triangle, Cyrus. Nobody saw it, but it was good enough that we're very much looking forward to Jeff Who Lives at Home, starring Jason Segel, which is generating a nice buzz.
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Winner: Jonah Hill. He was great in Cyrus, and Get Him to the Greek, both of which deserved better fates. Add in his voice work in both How to Train Your Dragon and Megamind, and it was hard to miss him.
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Winner: Russell Brand. His Forgetting Sarah Marshall character got a spin-off, Get Him to the Greek, which didn’t get the attention it deserved. But he also married Katy Perry and has a remake of Arthur on the way, so he’ll probably get by.
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Loser: Edward Norton. His cornrows in Stone were a bit much, the movie not enough. He also gave two very good performances in Leaves of Grass, but no one saw it. And he was banished from the Marvel Universe when the role of The Hulk was given to Mark Ruffalo.
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Winner: Woody, Buzz and the Toy Story 3 Gang. A children’s adventure that tackled very adult issues without being dopey or pedantic, it took in more money -- $443 million -- than any other film, and if it doesn’t get a Best Picture Oscar, they may have to expand the field to 15 films.
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Winner: Chris Nolan. He called in all his markers to make Inception, a $160 million, 2-D film for grown-ups based on an original story. The result was a thinking-man’s summer blockbuster. This guy can pretty much do whatever he wants for the next five years.
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Loser: M. Night Shyamalan. The Last Airbender earned Shyamalan accusations of racism and the worst reviews of his career, with Roger Ebert calling it “an agonizing experience in every category I can think of and others still waiting to be invented.”
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Winner: Josh Brolin. Jonah Hex aside, Brolin was great as the villain in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, and as the loutish husband/failed author in You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger. Look for him to finish strong as the heavy in the Coen Brothers’ remake of True Grit.
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Loser: Oliver Stone. In January, Stone said, “Hitler is an easy scapegoat.” Then there was his embarrassing canoodling with Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez. And as good as Brolin was, America shrugged indifferently at Wall Street Money Never Sleeps.
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Winner: Andrew Garfield. After establishing himself as a star in England, Garfield starred in The Social Network as Mark Zuckeberg’s most sympathetic victim, giving such a good performance that he was handed the role of Spider-Man in the upcoming reboot.
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Winner: Justin Timberlake. Sure, he ticked off a lot of fans by putting his recording career on hold, but if his work in The Social Network is any indication, he’s got a very good acting career ahead of him.
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Winner: Zack Snyder. Yes, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole had the worst title of the year and earned a lukewarm reception from all corners, but when you get hired to direct the next Superman movie, you’ve had a great year.
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Loser: Jessica Biel. Her sole film was a minor role as one of Face’s conquests in The A-Team, a character that was a study in military incompetence.
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Winner: Mia Wasikowska. She was in Alice in Wonderland, which made a kajillion dollars, and gave nice performance in the indie hit The Kids Are All Right. Her name is now mentioned in connection to every hot role that crops up.
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Loser: Mel Gibson. The man was once a Hollywood legend. Now, he’s a pariah, bringing upon himself accusations of anti-Semitism and spousal abuse. The mess got him uncast from The Hangover 2.
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Loser: Jodie Foster. She makes the list by no real fault of her own, but Foster cast Gibson in The Beaver, as CEO of a toy company who's crippled by depression, causing him to communicate with the world via a hand puppet. It's gone from hotly anticipated to adrift in limbo.
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Loser: Matt Damon. Green Zone was limp, Hereafter was boring, The Adjustment Bureau got pushed back several months and he’s decided to no longer be a part of the Bourne franchise. Let’s hope he finishes strong with True Grit.
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Loser: Jenifer Aniston. Saying she’s one of the losers of 2010 feels a little like a kicking a sick dog, but the fact remains that The Bounty Hunter was hated and The Switch was ignored. We like her, we think she’s hot and talented (enough), but the woman’s career is running on fumes.
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Loser: Kevin Smith. Cop Out, his love letter to Axel Foley, was a wretched mess of a film. And two weeks before it came out, he suffered the humiliation of being kicked of a Southwest Airlines flight for being too fat.
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Loser: Paul Bettany. He rocked this ridiculous ‘do playing Charles Darwin in Creation -- which no one saw -- Legion was underwhelming and Priest got pushed back to 2011, which is never a good sign. Hang in there, buddy.
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Loser: Zoe Saldana. After a triumphant 2009 in which she starred in Star Trek and Avatar, the super-sexy actress followed it up with three duds: Death at a Funeral, Takers and Losers. Tragically, the highlight of the woman’s year was an underwear commercial.
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Loser: Ashley C. Williams. She starred as the middle section of The Human Centipede. If you know the film, you're nodding vigorously in agreement. If you haven't done so already, highly recommend you don't google it.
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