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On The Table Read Magazine, “the best entertainment magazine in the UK“, set out to find which Oscar Winning Actors earn the most money per second of screen time.

It would shock horror fans to learn that Oscar-winning Anthony Hopkins only appeared on screen for sixteen minutes in “Silence of the Lambs.” He was reportedly offered $15 million for the sequel despite this. was intrigued by this and set out to determine which Oscar-worthy actors are worth the most per second on screen.

Most Valuable Actors

RankActorEstimated worth from movies (£)Average screen time %Total screen time (seconds)Worth per second (£)
1Sandra Bullock£604,575,98561.63%7,700£78,516
2Sir Ian McKellen£507,529,48844.55%6,758£75,101
3Kate Winslet£1,292,384,04436.42%20,476£63,117
4Whoopi Goldberg£338,008,42831.13%5,393£62,675
5Dustin Hoffman£776,522,73360.37%12,696£61,163
6Tom Hanks£1,733,922,74059.45%28,594£60,639
7Joaquin Phoenix£1,129,703,63762.76%20,085£56,246
8Johnny Depp£552,359,61750.14%10,485£52,681
9Matt Damon£486,756,96045.67%10,915£44,595
10Julia Roberts£709,115,67754.51%16,159£43,884
11Bradley Cooper£569,255,54156.98%13,232£43,021
12Mary McDonnell£276,232,69137.44%6,538£42,250
13Russell Crowe£584,362,54854.14%14,317£40,816
14Ralph Fiennes£289,555,26234.78%7,117£40,685
15Christoph Waltz£256,570,35533.25%6,396£40,114

Sandra Bullock

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Most Valuable Actors

After winning the Best Actress Oscar in 2010 for her performance in “The Blind Side,” Sandra Bullock, who is worth a staggering £78,516 per second on screen, is no surprise that she comes in first place for the most valuable actor category.

Sir Ian McKellen

With a respectable 82 acting credits, Sir Ian McKellen takes second place, earning £75,101 per second of screen time. His role as “Gandalf” in “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” trilogy accounts for the majority of his success.

Kate Winslet

Kate Winslet, who was nominated an impressive seven times and won the award for best actress in 2009 for her performance in “The Reader,” comes in third place with £63,117 per second on screen.

Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway is worth $54,530 per second in Les Miserables (2012), even though she only appears in the film for 15 minutes.

Leonardo DiCaprio

The Revenant’s Leonardo DiCaprio is worth $51,578 per second.

Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt is worth $50,993 per second in “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood.”

Tom Cruise

Top Gun’s Tom Cruise: Maverick) now has a value of $39,156 per second.


  1. were curious to discover which Oscar-nominated/winning actors over the last 40 years are the most valuable by analysing the worth per second on screen.
    1.  Please note that only current living actors with greater than one nominated film were included in the final data.
  2. Firstly, utilised and to gather each actor’s estimated net worth.
  3. Secondly, was used to calculate the actor’s time spent on screen for all Oscar-nominated films.
  4. was then used to obtain international box office data.
  1.  Please note: Only films from 1980 to the present were used due to a lack of data for older films.
  2.   In addition, some films from 2021 and 2020 lack box office data and were excluded from the piece.
  1.  All figures were adjusted for inflation using the US CPI data.
  2. For each actor, the sum of worldwide box office earnings of the Oscar-nominated films they were in, plus the time in seconds they were on screen, was calculated. In addition, the average proportion of time spent on screen was also calculated.
  3. The box office sum was then multiplied by the average time on screen to get a proportion of box office earnings
  4. Please note the final sum was converted using google finance formula for other currencies.
  5. This value was then divided by the number of seconds the actor spent on the screen to get an average worth per second for each actor, revealing the most valuable actors.
  6. Numbers were rounded for readability purposes.
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