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  • Boidiva02
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    I was thinking the other day about certain actresses who give amazing performances in one film, earn an Oscar nomination for Best Actress and then never really end up in a substaintial career in film again…

    I was actually thinking about Felicity Huffman when I realized that for some odd reason, her Oscar nod has not translated into a film career at all. After “Transamerica” she has done really very few films. I’m not sure if this has more to do with her schedule due to “Housewives” or if she’s just not offered roles.

    Anyway, what other actresses earned a nod for Best Actress but have failed to captalize on that and develop a long-term or successful career in films?     One that comes to mind is Mary Tyler Moore, who despite appearing in a few films after her nod for “Ordinary People” has really mostly continued to be remembered for her television work.    

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    Trent
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    Keisha Castle-Hughes and Catalina Sandino Moreno. Gabourey Sidibe doesn’t seem to be doing too well either.

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    awardskel
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    Gabby Sidibe has followed up Precious with roles in Tower Heist, Seven Psychopaths and TV’s “The Big C”…overall, a slow start, but she’ll continue to get roles…

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    Morgan Henard
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    I immediately thought of Janet McTeer. She was great in “Tumbleweeds” then completely disappeared. It was great seeing her in “Albert Nobbs,” as it was a nice reminder she wasn’t a one-hit wonder.

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    Miss Frost
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    Unfortunately Halle Berry…..

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    Atypical
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    I immediately thought of Janet McTeer. She was great in “Tumbleweeds” then completely disappeared. It was great seeing her in “Albert Nobbs,” as it was a nice reminder she wasn’t a one-hit wonder.

    McTeer has been doing a lot of theatre work lately (Broadway & West End). She was nominated for a Tony for “Mary Stuart” a few years ago. She’s about to be in the final season of “Damages” opposite her “Albert Nobbs” co-star Glenn Close. I’m looking forward to seeing them work together again. They were great opposite each other in the film.

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    Alijah Purdy
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    Ellen Page. If she had been nominated the year after she was, she probably would have won!! Her competition was just too strong in the year she was nominated. She was third to win, IMO, after Julie Christie and Marion Cotillard.

    Anyway, after Juno she kind of just disappeared. She starred in Whip It, but after that it seemed like she just wasn’t around. Which sucks because she is a truly wonderful actress.

    I had actually been hoping that Lifetime would cast her as Casey Anthony in the new tv movie about the whole Caylee Anthony drama, but they gave the role to someone else. Which sucks because Ellen Page looks exactly like Casey.

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    Ellen Page. If she had been nominated the year after she was, she probably would have won!! Her competition was just too strong in the year she was nominated. She was third to win, IMO, after Julie Christie and Marion Cotillard.
    Anyway, after Juno she kind of just disappeared. She starred in Whip It, but after that it seemed like she just wasn’t around. Which sucks because she is a truly wonderful actress.
    I had actually been hoping that Lifetime would cast her as Casey Anthony in the new tv movie about the whole Caylee Anthony drama, but they gave the role to someone else. Which sucks because Ellen Page looks exactly like Casey.

    Uhm.. you haven’t seen Inception?

    I mena, yes, she was not the leading star of that movie, but to a lot of people, that was where Page was additionally known for.

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    M H
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    Ellen Page. If she had been nominated the year after she was, she probably would have won!! Her competition was just too strong in the year she was nominated. She was third to win, IMO, after Julie Christie and Marion Cotillard.
    Anyway, after Juno she kind of just disappeared. She starred in Whip It, but after that it seemed like she just wasn’t around. Which sucks because she is a truly wonderful actress.
    I had actually been hoping that Lifetime would cast her as Casey Anthony in the new tv movie about the whole Caylee Anthony drama, but they gave the role to someone else. Which sucks because Ellen Page looks exactly like Casey.

    She also starred as “Exposition Excuse” in Inception.

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    Obviously Marlee Matlin. Maggie McNamura and Elizabeth Hartman never had substantial film careers. And despite two Oscars, Luise Rainer’s career practically never existed.

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    I’m glad that many of the recent – what we here love to call -“young ingenue” 5th slot nominees in both Best Actress and Supporting Actress have made quite a mark. All of these have made substantial followup movies after their first nomination- Michelle Williams, Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Lawrence, Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley, Hailee Stienfeld (she has a few coming up), Anna Kendrick, Saoirse Ronan, Amy Adams.

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    Boidiva02
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    [quote=”thesmartone”]Ellen Page. If she had been nominated the year after she was, she probably would have won!! Her competition was just too strong in the year she was nominated. She was third to win, IMO, after Julie Christie and Marion Cotillard.
    Anyway, after Juno she kind of just disappeared. She starred in Whip It, but after that it seemed like she just wasn’t around. Which sucks because she is a truly wonderful actress.
    I had actually been hoping that Lifetime would cast her as Casey Anthony in the new tv movie about the whole Caylee Anthony drama, but they gave the role to someone else. Which sucks because Ellen Page looks exactly like Casey.

    Uhm.. you haven’t seen Inception?

    I mena, yes, she was not the leading star of that movie, but to a lot of people, that was where Page was additionally known for.[/quote]

    Yeah, Ellen is still around… She’s not going anywhere, she just seems to be very selective about the work she does. She kind of reminds me of a young Jodie Foster, in that she picks her material very carefully and has an air of intelligence to her.

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    Boidiva02
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    now to open this up…. what about people from Supporting Actress?

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    now to open this up…. what about people from Supporting Actress?

    The ladies from Babel immediately come to mind. I thought Adrianna Barazza would take off. 

    Mo’Nique, obviously. But that’s because from what I’ve read, she’s turned down nearly everything. It’s too bad because I think this may be my all-time favorite win in this category.

    I figured with her mainstram turn in The Mummy and her Oscar win for an indie film, Rachel Weisz would be one of Hollywood’d newest leading ladies. She never quite took off though.

    Jennifer Connelly was on a roll for a few years after winning for A Beautiful Mind but now she too has tapered off.

    On a sidenote, I’m very curious to see how Octavia Spencer’s career pans out post-Oscar. She was someone who always managed to get work, whether it be a friend in Big Momma’s House or having a hatchet put to her head in Rob Zombie’s Halloween remake. I wonder if she’ll return to that sort of work that’s kept her with an income all these years or if she’ll be pickier and choosier. I hope we won’t be including her on this list in the future. 

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    Trent
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    From what I read, Mo’Nique actively campaigned for the role of Minny in The Help…

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