It came down to Disney's Anne Sweeney vs. NBCUniversal's Bonnie Hammer as The Hollywood Reporter's 22nd annual rankings reveal a TV industry in flux, ongoing volatility at the film studios and the females behind (and in front of) every last big deal in town.
Jennifer Lawrence, 23
Sandra Bullock, 49
Melissa McCarthy, 43
Only three actresses starred in two home runs in 2013: Bullock pulled off a top-grossing comedy in The Heat ($230 million worldwide) and has steered Gravity to $616 million (and counting) and likely Oscar noms. Lawrence's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire took in more than $580 million in its first 12 days, and she's emerging as a frontrunner to win another Oscar for American Hustle. And McCarthy's comic appeal drove Identity Thief to $174 million worldwide and she played perfectly off Bullock in The Heat.