At the end of every year, The Harris Poll conducts a nationwide survey of American moviegoers to find out which movie stars are the most beloved. This year, they polled 2,252 U.S. adults between December 9 and December 14 to determine America's Favorite Movie Star, which was won by Bridge of Spies star Tom Hanks. This is the fifth time he has taken the top spot, following wins in 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2013. He also jumped up four spots from last year, when he took the #5 spot.
This year's runner-up was Black Mass star Johnny Depp, who rose from the fourth spot last year. Despite winning critical acclaim for both of their movies this year, neither Tom Hanks nor Johnny Depp scored Oscar nominations for their performances. Rounding out the top 5 this year are Denzel Washington who topped the list last year but didn't have a movie released in 2015, the late great John Wayne and Han Solo himself, Harrison Ford. John Wayne, who was in the second spot last year, is the only actor who hasn't dropped out of the top 10 in the past 20 years.
Minions and Our Brand Is Crisis star Sandra Bullock took the #6 spot, after failing to make the top 10 last year, while The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 and Joy star Jennifer Lawrence stayed put in the #7 spot. Clint Eastwood, who didn't direct or star in a movie last year, took the eighth spot, while Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts rounded out the top 10 in a tie for ninth place. Dropping out of the top 10 this year was Meryl Streep and Angelina Jolie, who held the seventh and 10th spots last year, respectively.
Among the male respondents of the poll, John Wayne was their top choice, followed by Harrison Ford and Tom Hanks. The top three choices for females were Johnny Depp, Sandra Bullock and a tie between Denzel Washington, Jennifer Lawrence and Tom Hanks. You can take a look at the full results of the poll on The Harris Poll website.
Do you think Tom Hanks and Johnny Depp are deserving of being named America's Favorite Movie Stars? It's worth noting that, while he did receive much acclaim for Black Mass, Johnny Depp was also nominated for a Razzie for his performance in Mortdecai. Who was your favorite movie star of 2015? Chime in with your thoughts below.