Out of the 70 ballots submitted by U.S. editors and news directors, Lawrence picked up 15 votes, while Cyrus only scored 14. Netflix, according to AP, was a close third in the annual contest.
The honor is one of many for Lawrence as the year comes to a close. The actress — who kicked off 2013 with an Oscar for her performance in David O. Russell’s 2012 hit “Silver Linings Playbook” — was counted by Barbara Walters as one of “The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2013,″ and got more clicks than every Hollywood leading man on IMDb to become the site’s most popular movie star of the year.
As the year approached its end, Lawrence headlined “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” to a record-breaking box office haul, and is once again preparing for awards season after earning both a Golden Globe and SAG Awards nomination for her portrayal of an unstable, passive-aggressive wife opposite Christian Bale in “American Hustle.”
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“Breaking Bad,” which ended its five-season run on AMC in the fall, ranked fourth in the AP contest with 10 votes, while Justin Timberlake came in fifth after releasing a new album, “The 20/20 Experience,” for the first time since 2006.