March 31, 2013 at 3:37 pm #97363
We have a thread to discuss the worst post-Oscar careers, now let’s be more optimistic and discuss the opposite.Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)ParticipantMarch 31, 2013 at 3:52 pm #97365
Obviously Meryl Streep. Ever since her first Oscar, she has had a staggering 15 NOMINATIONS! That’s crazy!March 31, 2013 at 4:31 pm #97366
Robert de Niro.March 31, 2013 at 4:41 pm #97367
I’ll try to limit this to actors who were relatively unknown prior to their wins, as opposed to well-respected veterans who won based on “Career Achievement”.
Daniel Day-Lewis, obviously. (The Last of the Mohicans, In the Name of the Father, The Age of Innocence The Boxer, Gangs of New York, There Will Be Blood, Lincoln).
Robert DeNiro certainly broke out in a lot more leading performances following his win for The Godfather: Part II. It’s probable that the win itself had little to do with this, as 1973’s Mean Streets already established that he and Scorsese were aware of each other, but it certainly preceded a lot of great performances. (Taxi Driver, The Deer Hunter, Raging Bull, The King of Comedy, Once Upon a Time in America, The Mission, Midnight Run, Awakenings, Cape Fear, Casino, Heat, Jackie Brown, Wag the Dog, Ronin, Silver Linings Playbook).
I’m cheating with this one, as Jodie Foster had already come to prominence with Taxi Driver, but she still deserves a mention for cultivating a respectable slew of performances following her first win for The Accused. (The Silence of the Lambs, Maverick, Nell, Contact, Panic Room, Inside Man).
Audrey Hepburn counts, earning an Oscar for one of her first major roles in a feature film and going on to earn another 4 nominations in the span of 15 years (and that’s not even including her work in My Fair Lady). After that, her career slowed, but that was more out of choice to raise a family. Even though she didn’t make as much of an impact on film after this, the fact that she managed to become an EGOT winner deserves some praise. (Sabrina, The Nun’s Story, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Charade, My Fair Lady, Wait Until Dark).
Katharine Hepburn likely subverts the notion of a successful post-Oscar career, as it took a while before she could really solidify herself as one of Hollywood’s great performers. Following the win for Morning Glory, she spent the rest of the 1930s coming into conflict with the press over her personality and appearance, and her films tended to underperform. After The Philadelphia Story, however, she managed to shed the stench of “box office poison” from her persona. While her career and personal life weren’t without challenges later in life, she continuously proved herself as an acting force, as seen with her record number of Oscar wins and immense output well into her twilight years. (Bringing Up Baby, The Philadelphia Story, Adam’s Rib, The African Queen, The Rainmaker, Suddenly, Last Summer, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, The Lion in Winter, On Golden Pond).
Jack Lemmon is probably the poster boy for a successful post-Oscar career. He came into prominence with his win for Mister Roberts and ended up as one of the few who went Supporting Actor winners to go on to win again in the Lead category (earning a reputation as one of his generation’s most gifted actors in the meantime). (Some Like it Hot, The Apartment, Days of Wine and Roses, The Odd Couple, Save the Tiger, The China Syndrome, Tribute, Witness, Glengarry Glen Ross).
Christopher Walken has surely had a peculiar career since winning for The Deer Hunter, but his unique nature has allowed him to get away with making some surreal pictures (Gigi, The Country Bears) without any remarkable backlash. It probably helps that he has deliverd quite a few performances that prove his win in 1978 was not a fluke. (Pennies from Heaven, King of New York, True Romance, Pulp Fiction, Catch Me If You Can, Seven Psychopaths, A Late Quartet).
Denzel Washington shares a similar case with Lemmon. He managed to build up a good momentum with his nomination for Cry Freedom before winning with Glory, and he remains one of our more revered A-List talents. (Malcolm X, Much Ado About Nothing, Philadelphia, Crimson Tide, The Hurricane, Remember the Titans, Inside Man, American Gangster, Flight).
March 31, 2013 at 5:25 pm #97368
Even though she did have a bit of lull before her recent comeback I think Jessica Lange benefited a lot from her win. She was considered just a pretty face after King Kong and NO ONE took her seriously for years and she has said in interviews it definitely affected her career at first. But then she had her breakout year with nominations for Tootsie and Frances winning for the first one, and she went on to get 4 more nominations after those and a second win, and is considered by a lot of people as one of the great actresses. Before her win she was practically the megan fox of the 80s, and now she’s considered someone who rivals actresses like Meryl Streep and Glenn Close for roles.March 31, 2013 at 5:39 pm #97369
I think Marion Cotillard has a great post oscar career. From performances in Nine, Inception, Midnight in Paris, Rust & Bone and Lowlife just to name a few. She really has exploded onto the scene after winning the oscar only 5 year ago.March 31, 2013 at 5:44 pm #97370
Tilda Swinton and Cate Blanchett come to mind.March 31, 2013 at 5:49 pm #97371
Kathy Bates became a household name headling Fried Green Tomatoes, A Home of Our Own, Dolores Claiborne (based on a book specifically written for her to play the lead in the eventual adaptation!), with award winning supporting turns in the HBO movie The Late Shift, Primary Colors, and About Schmidt. There’s a lot of industry affection for her including friendships with Jessica Lange, Dustin Hoffman, Warren Beatty and Shirley Macclaine, Streep wants to do a biopic with her, with Streep as Susan B Anthony and Bates as Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Her popularity was so great with the television Academy she received 11 nominations total, 10 performance, 1 technical as a director over a cable film starring Judy Davis and Sam Shepard. Her two Woody Allen pictures were period pieces, Shadows and Fog (1991) and Midnight in Paris (2011).April 1, 2013 at 6:36 am #97372
Considering Streep won in 1979, 34 years ago..and is still going strong and raking up
nominations to a staggering total..i would say it is her..
Hepburn won in 1932 and had a spectacular career til 1980+…..she comes in second for me…
For the men…Jack Lemmon won his first oscar in 1955 and continued to be nominated into
the 80’s thats damn good…
Daniel day lewis…1989 and here we are 24 yrs later with 3 best actor awards…pretty great…April 1, 2013 at 8:24 am #97373
I would throw out Marlee Matlin and Linda Hunt. Though their credits don’t compare the movie stars being listed here, their Oscar wins are very likely responsible for their careers. Both have worked steadily in television and film since their Oscar’s, something that would seem very unlikely given Matlin’s disability and Hunt’s height.April 1, 2013 at 9:07 am #97374
I would throw out Marlee Matlin and Linda Hunt. Though their credits don’t compare the movie stars being listed here, their Oscar wins are very likely responsible for their careers. Both have worked steadily in television and film since their Oscar’s, something that would seem very unlikely given Matlin’s disability and Hunt’s height.
I agree. Even through they dont have brilliant careers, without their Oscar they problably wouldnt even be on the radar or even known.April 1, 2013 at 10:17 am #97375
I think Marion Cotillard has a great post oscar career. From performances in Nine, Inception, Midnight in Paris, Rust & Bone and Lowlife just to name a few. She really has exploded onto the scene after winning the oscar only 5 year ago.
I think this a great recent answer. She was virtually unheard of in America before her Oscar and now she’s a movie star.April 1, 2013 at 12:01 pm #97376
Meryl Streep out of the ladies and Nicholson out of the guysApril 1, 2013 at 12:36 pm #97377
Streep didn’t need the Kramer Oscar for the career she had after it. She doesn’t apply.April 1, 2013 at 4:40 pm #97378
I don’t think an Oscar win makes a career. Streeps, De Niros, Nicholsons would have been big stars with or without Oscars.
An Oscar win makes you hot. For a year. Your salary probably goes up. Again, temporarily. If your subsequent films or performances are panned you are back to where you started.
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