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  • RobertPius
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    Tom brought this up on the post Oscars chat.

    He said Rita Moreno, Gwyneth Paltrow and somebody else I can’t remember have all complained that the Oscar hurt their career rather than helped it.

    He said Rita Moreno said that she got type cast as a Latin spitfire and barely did a movie for like 10 years. I don’t think I agree with her. I think even if she didn’t win the Oscar that would have happened. That movie was just so popular and ran on TV all the time for decades after. She seemed to keep working though even if not at that level. I always wondered how and why she got on the Electric Company. I mean that was a children’s TV show. Morgan Freeman was on it too but he hadn’t done much of note before that and probably needed the job. Can you imagine the fuss if someone who won an Oscar like 10 years ago started doing children’s TV today?

    Paltrow may be right though. She did some good work in the years after the Oscar (Bounce, Proof, Talented Mr. Ripley, Royal Tannenbaums) but I think she got so much press as the new it girl after that Oscar that people wanted to see her fail.

    Others? (and anyone remember the third person Tom mentioned?)

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    CitizenBlake
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    Mo’nique apparently was blacklisted after winning the Oscar for Precious due to her unwillingness to campaign for the award. Explains why she ghosted future Oscar nominations and movie prospects, because she believed in the work. That’s how it should be.

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    pacinofan
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    I know Marcia Gay Harden has always said the Oscar hurt her career in movies and she has had a higher profile in theatre and television since her win.

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    Sam Keys
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    Anne Hathaway’s Oscar win (Well at least her reaction and her speech) probably did some damage to her career.

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    It seems that those who win on one nomination are more likely to plummet career-wise. The “Academy-Award winner” title that often preceded actors’ names when cast in movies post-Oscar implies that they will deliver outstanding performances that will either bring the film immense profit and/or critical acclaim. Those who failed to follow-up with another nomination or a commercially successful film (Halle Berry, Patricia Arquette, Mo’nique, Kim Basinger, etc.) indicate that a one-and-done can be the fate of those who don’t find immediate career boosts.

    Sadly, it seems that women have a higher chance of getting less jobs following an Oscar win. Renée Zellweger is often cited as having had a significant decrease in success and roles following her Oscar win. Most of the criticism that surrounds that argument, however, is about how her appearance has changed, as opposed to her actual acting abilities. Not really sure how to reconcile that.

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    Atypical
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    Dianne Wiest was the third actress that Tom mentioned as having the “Oscar curse.” He said that all two Oscars got her were some “free drinks for a few nights after those wins.” She had to move from her NY residence at one point b/c work dried up so badly. Shameful since both of her Oscar wins are so stellar and deserving.

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    tonorlo
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    Two words: Luise Rainer.

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    SHT L
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    You notice how this is like all women examples being used? I know F. Murray Abraham was used as THE example of the Oscar curse, but he maintained very recently that people who say that weren’t familiar with what his career was like before the film Amadeus and what it was like after and he felt the Oscar helped his career immensely.

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    DaKardii
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    It seems that those who win on one nomination are more likely to plummet career-wise. The “Academy-Award winner” title that often preceded actors’ names when cast in movies post-Oscar implies that they will deliver outstanding performances that will either bring the film immense profit and/or critical acclaim. Those who failed to follow-up with another nomination or a commercially successful film (Halle Berry, Patricia Arquette, Mo’nique, Kim Basinger, etc.) indicate that a one-and-done can be the fate of those who don’t find immediate career boosts. Sadly, it seems that women have a higher chance of getting less jobs following an Oscar win. Renée Zellweger is often cited as having had a significant decrease in success and roles following her Oscar win. Most of the criticism that surrounds that argument, however, is about how her appearance has changed, as opposed to her actual acting abilities. Not really sure how to reconcile that.

    Well, considering that Zellweger is playing Judy Garland in an upcoming biopic, she may well have a career revival in the near future.

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    Prince1
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    It’s too early to tell, but Alicia Vikander seems to be heading in that direction.

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    Mo’nique apparently was blacklisted after winning the Oscar for Precious due to her unwillingness to campaign for the award. Explains why she ghosted future Oscar nominations and movie prospects, because she believed in the work. That’s how it should be.

    That was the first instance that came to mind. Her reluctance to campaign for the award (allegedly) so angered Steve McQueen that after the Oscars he (allegedly) resolved to make sure she never worked in Hollywood again, and went around to all the other producers and told them to not cast Mo’nique in anything. And according to Mo’nique, this smear campaign worked. After her win for Precious — which was released in 2009 — she wasn’t cast in another film until 2014, and since Precious she has only done three films to date.

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    Andrew D
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    I think it has something to do with the Actresses/ Actors and how they behave post a win and less on their being a curse… Did Paltrow or Zelwiger continue to work hard to find challenging roles ? since they had won and like in Zelwigers case been working hard to win, maybe she was just content to do lighter fare. I think Paltrow could have gotten some backlash for being undeserving and then in recent years for being weird.

    as far as Moreno i agree with the idea that she was probably going to be typecast either way.

    I think the curse would be that sometimes people win and then they lose the fire to continue to make the same caliber of projects .

    Look at someone like Leonardo Dicaprio … He was busting his ass for years having no longer that a two year break on projects that had some prestige with them .. he won and now its been crickets since 2015 … yes i know he is off saving the planet .. but just an example … and also i know he will be back with Tarantino this next year

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    vinny
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    Tatum O’Neal comes to mind off the bat. She had a great career as a kid but after that it seems like people just were done.

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    Martin Landau, after two decades slumming in obscurity, had a remarkable comeback going in the late ’80s, into the early ’90s. He earned three Oscar nominations over six years, winning in ’94 for Ed Wood and then followed it up with…The Adventures of Pinocchio and BAPS. Sans a scant few memorable turns here and there, his post-Ed Wood output was about as underwhelming as his pre-comeback track record.

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    Mo’nique apparently was blacklisted after winning the Oscar for Precious due to her unwillingness to campaign for the award. Explains why she ghosted future Oscar nominations and movie prospects, because she believed in the work. That’s how it should be.

    That was the first instance that came to mind. Her reluctance to campaign for the award (allegedly) so angered Steve McQueen that after the Oscars he (allegedly) resolved to make sure she never worked in Hollywood again, and went around to all the other producers and told them to not cast Mo’nique in anything. And according to Mo’nique, this smear campaign worked. After her win for Precious — which was released in 2009 — she wasn’t cast in another film until 2014, and since Precious she has only done three films to date.

    I think you mean Lee Daniels.

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