This year’s group of Oscar nominees is the least overtly star-studded one in a while. A veritable who’s who of Cumberbatches, Cotillards and Redmaynes, there’s nary a Julia Roberts, Tom Hanks or Sandra Bullock in the bunch. But while it’s true that the nominees aren’t all household names, it doesn’t mean that they don’t earn their keep.
Many of this year’s Oscar-nominated performers have appeared in some of the highest-grossing movies of all time, although you may not have realized that when you saw them at the multiplex. Also, since quite of few of them starred in animated films, they didn’t really “appear” at all, so you can be forgiven for not noticing them.
What follows is a list of the performers nominated for Academy Awards this year whose three highest-grossing movies have earned the most money at the box office. Using data from Box Office Mojo, we ran down the nominees and tabulated their domestic box office totals and adjusted them for inflation. Movies in which the actors had only minor roles or walk-on cameos were not included.