Emma Stone is the highest-paid actress in 2017

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The Oscar victor surpassed Jennifer Lawrence, who landed at the top spot previous year, on Forbes' annual list of highest paid stars.

The reigning Best Actress Oscar champ, who took home the trophy for La La Land in February, has dethroned Jennifer Lawrence who had topped the list for two years running.

Stone, who garnered significant attention past year with the movie-musical La La Land, ranked as the highest paid actress with earnings of $26 million.

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The list of top-earning male actors is thought to be released next week, while Forbes recently compiled a similar list of entertainment stars who've earned the most, with Puff Daddy topping the list on a staggering £102 million.

"That's something they do for me because they feel it's what's right and fair", Stone told Out magazine.

Former top-dog Jennifer Lawrence came in at third on the list still raking in a hefty $24 million.

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Her deal with Emirates, for which she appeared in a sleek advertisement for the airline's A380, is worth a reported $US5 million alone. Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone had ranked 10 in 2016. Although her popularity shot through the roof with Friends, she continues to rule Hollywood with the roles she portrays in films. Forbes said no stars from Asia made the cut this year. Melissa McCarthy was number four with $18 million, and Mila Kunis was number five with $15.5 million.

Jennifer Aniston came in second with $25.2 million.

Emma Watson is the sole newcomer on this year's list after "Beauty and the Beast" became the top-grossing movie of the year so far at $1.26 billion. "When studios, directors and screenwriters begin creating more main characters for women of colour in the types of big budget movies that pay huge upfront fees and backend profits, we'll see more actors of colour on the list".

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