Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone, and Brie Larson all have such enviable careers in Hollywood. What makes their success even more astounding is the fact that none of them are a day over thirty! But other than those have achieved such fame at a young age, ExploreTalent is taking a look at the thespians who represent the generation left behind by the likes of Meryl Streep, Helen Mirren, and Judy Dench. These actresses under 50 have raked in major awards as they reach the heights of their respective careers. To this day, they continue to dominate movies and sweep the most prestigious acting awards in the industry. So without further ado, check out the non-definitive list of actresses who audiences can’t help but adore.
Best Actresses Under 50
5. Kate Winslet, 41
Considered one of the best actresses under 50, Kate Winslet came to worldwide attention when she played Rose opposite Leonardo DiCaprio‘s Jack in the 1997 mega blockbuster Titanic. But Winslet has proved over the years that she was more than just a romantic love interest, as she carved a stellar career right after that. She is virtually unpredictable in every role she chooses to play, and for those who have seen Winslet play the unpredictable and broken Clementine in the film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind know that she truly is a force to reckon with.
4. Marion Cotillard, 41
Marion Cotillard began her career primarily in French cinema, but now she’s officially made the transition to Hollywood. She first got noticed for her performance in the film La Vie en Rose. She went on to make history by garnering the first Academy Award for Best Actress for a French-speaking role. Since then, Cotillard has done a number of memorable roles including one in the blockbuster film The Dark Knight Rises.
3. Taraji P. Henson, 46
The new generation probably best knows Taraji P. Henson for her feisty role as Cookie in the Fox drama series Empire, but her film career also makes her one of the best actresses under 50. Henson was recently named as one of 2016’s Most Influential People in the World by Time magazine. She can next be seen in the drama Hidden Figures, where she will play Katherine Johnson, one of the three African American women responsible for sending astronaut John Glenn to space.
2. Amy Adams, 42
Before becoming one of the greatest actresses under 50, Amy Adams struggled to find her place in Tinseltown. She starred in several B movies before bagging a role opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in the movie Catch Me If You Can. But Adams really broke ground when she played a chatty pregnant woman in the independent film Junebug, with which she earned an Academy nod. Fast forward to 2016, Adams currently has two buzzed-about roles, and hopefully she can finally add another Oscar statuette to her trophy shelf.
1. Charlize Theron, 41
As far as lists of best actresses under 50 are concerned, there isn’t really one that doesn’t mention the enigmatic Charlize Theron. Her raw talent has placed her at a pedestal above any other actress of her generation, and the list of accolades she has received is hard to keep track of. Two of Theron’s most memorable roles to date were playing serial killer Aileen Wournous in Monster and Furiousa in Mad Max: Fury Road.