Chris Hemsworth, Elizabeth Olsen, Henry Cavill, Jessica Chastain, Michael Fassbender, Rooney Mara

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best of 2011 franchise tiles

Some may look familiar and others foreign, but one thing all these stars have in common is one heckuva breakout year.

A lot of these celebs have worked their tushies off in 2011, often on multiple (and for some we mean, like, four) projects at a time. And oddly enough, a lot of our top fresh faces have already shared credits with Tinseltown's big names. (Mainly Brad Pitt. You'll see.)

Maybe next year, a couple of these actors will be featured in our gigantic Celeb of the Year bracket. One could only hope...

But for now, let's take a look at our Best of 2011 list!

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