Here is Forbes' complete list of the highest-paid actresses in 2016

Here is Forbes' complete list of the highest-paid actresses in 2016
Source: AP
Source: AP

Forbes released its annual list of the world's highest-paid actresses, and there are a few surprises in the 2016 list — but not so much at the top. The world's highest-paid actress, for the second year in a row, is Jennifer Lawrence, who earned $46 million before taxes over 12 months, according to Forbes. That's slightly less than her 2015 total, which was $52 million.

Jennifer Lawrence
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Jonathan Short/AP

The second-highest-paid actress on the list is Ghostbusters' Melissa McCarthy, who earned a total of $33 million. 

Melissa McCarthy
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Blair Raughley/AP

Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Aniston and Chinese actress Fan Bingbing rounded out the top five.

Here's the full list, via Forbes:

1. Jennifer Lawrence, $46 million

2. Melissa McCarthy, $33 million

3. Scarlett Johansson, $25 million

4. Jennifer Aniston, $21 million

5. Fan Bingbing, $17 million

6. Charlize Theron, $16.5 million

7. Amy Adams, $13.5 million

8. Julia Roberts, $12 million

9. Mila Kunis, $11 million

10. Deepika Padukone, $10 million

Some of last year's highest-earning actresses slipped off the list, Forbes reported, including Angelina Jolie, Kristen Stewart and Cameron Diaz. 

Of course, despite the mega success of a select few women, the entertainment industry is still dominated by men. Forbes cited a study that showed female characters account for only 28.7% of speaking roles in movies — and there are only two women of color on the list, and no black actresses.

The numbers are actually pretty bleak when it comes to both women and people of color in film. A comprehensive study by the University of Southern California's Media, Diversity and Social Change Initiative found that in 2014, only 21 of the year's 100 top performing films included women as a lead or co-lead. In the same year, only 26.9% of all speaking characters were non-white.

As Viola Davis — who, as a woman of color, has had to fight against a stacked deck in order to achieve success in Hollywood — explained in her 2015 Emmy acceptance speech, "Let me tell you something: The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity ... You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there." 

The same, perhaps, could be said for cracking the "highest paid actresses" list.

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