Combining down to earth grit, subtlety and resourcefulness, Lawrence already seems more mature and capable than most of her peers. She topped our list last year in part because of her astonishing, Academy Award-nominated performance in Winter’s Bone, and also because she had snagged the hotly contested lead in The Hunger Games, which we correctly noted was poised to become a Twilight sized smash. X-Men First Class doesn’t hurt either. La Lawrence has kept up the pace and then some. Later this year she has three films ready for release, the domestic horror The House at the End of the Street, with Elizabeth Shue, a minor role in the thriller Devil You Know (starring Lena Olin), and two potential prestige pictures, Susanne Bier’s Serena, costarring Bradley Cooper (and likely set for Spring 2013 in the UK) and David O Russell’s The Silver Linings Playbook, again with Cooper, plus Robert De Niro, Julia Stiles, Chris Tucker and another up and coming young actress, Taylor Schilling. According to reports Lionsgate is also in talks for Lawrence to star in an adaptation of best-selling memoir The Glass Castle – and of course there are sequels to X Men First Class and Hunger Games coming soon.Anne Hathaway has bounced up and down this list like a ping pong ball over the last couple of years. She was number one in 2009 on the back of Rachel Getting Married and Get Smart, but then slid to 19 with two much maligned rom-coms (Bride Wars and Valentine’s Day) with only her White Queen in Alice in Wonderland on the credit side of the equation. Then she shot back up to #2, in part because of her showy performance in Love and Other Drugs but mostly because there wasn’t an actress in her twenties who didn’t want to play Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises, and Hathaway got the job. What else? Well, she’s Fantine in Tom Hooper’s Oscar-hopeful Les Miserables, and then she’s producing and starring in the spy thriller Puzzler… The possibility of a Judy Garland biopic remains on the back-burner for now. In the meantime, miaow!.Last year was another good one for Carey Mulligan: most agreed her heart-stopping rendition of New York New York in Shame was a highlight of that provocative, intense movie – certainly Steve McQueen seemed to think so. Mulligan gave the movie its emotional catharsis. And she was the beating heart underneath the slickster cool of Nicolas Winding Refn’s neo-noir Drive. How many actresses can go from Ryan Gosling to Michael Fassbender to Leonardo DiCaprio? (She got married somewhere in there too.) Not just any old DiCaprio movie either, but Baz Luhmanann’s adaptation of the greatest novel of the twentieth century, The Great Gatsby. Daisy Buchanan is one of those dream roles that come along once in a lifetime, and for Luhrmann & Co to entrust it to an English actress speaks volumes for the esteem in which she is held.Knightley lost some traction when My Fair Lady was indefinitely postponed; then London Boulevard and Last Night looked better on paper than they did on screen. But even though critics were divided there were many strong advocates for her all-or-nothing performance as Sabina Spielrein in A Dangerous Method (notably, of course, director David Cronenberg). The film wasn’t a huge box office success but it was a must-see, and it reestablished Knightley’s credibility at a time when things seemed to be slipping away. Whether a comic remake of Melancholia with Steve Carrel is the way to go Seeking A Friend for the End of the World will tell, but then KK has AK coming up: Anna Karenina, for her long time supporter, Atonement director Joe Wright. Jude Law costars and Tom Stoppard wrote the script. So: F Scott Fitzgerald vs Victor Hugo vs Leo Tolstoy… Next year’s Oscars certainly have literary pedigree on their side. Can Keira measure up to memories of Garbo and Vivian Leigh in the part? .Scarlett’s brilliant career faltered a couple of years ago (The Spirit, He’s Just Not That Into You and The Island would explain that). Personally, I enjoyed seeing her fresh, natural, no make up performance in We Bought a Zoo, but Cameron Crowe’s family film didn’t exactly set the box office alight.