Hosted by the brilliant Ellen DeGeneres, the 86th Academy Awards are taking place this Sunday-2 March 2014.
What better for an actor than to win an Oscars? If the curse has any credibility though; for a actresses, it would better not to win. For according to the great Oscars myth; winning an Oscar for an actress is disastrous for her career.
Three very prominent examples are:
Halle Berry made history by becoming the first black woman to win a best actress Oscar – only to follow it up with Cat Woman
She won an upset victory for her performance in My Cousin Vinny in 1992. She has worked in films since but with not a single memorable role. When was the last time you saw Marisa in anything worthwhile?
She had a promising career- especially with Oscar nomination winning roles in Bridget Jones’ Diary and Chicago but things took a slide after her bagging an Oscar for Cold Mountain in 2003. She’s had nothing marginally noteworthy since. Do you recall her roles in Cinderella Man, Miss Potter, Leatherheads or New in Town? We don’t either.
Even the sequel to Bridget Jones was very disappointing.
And where careers haven’t really taken a spin, there are personal woes- Julia Roberts, Hilary Swank, Sandra Bulllock and Kate Winslet are examples of Oscar winning actresses who have all split from their life partners. Remember Sandra Bullock learning of husband Jesse James’ betrayal soon after winning for The Blind Side?
There are of course examples that go against the myth-Angelina Jolie, Penelope Cruz, Meryl Streep and Tilda Swinton just to name a few.
So, is it true? Does bad luck travels from the Oscar podium in to the life of a winning actress? May be; maybe not.
We hope it’s just a fancy story with no credibility. Why not just keep an eye out for this year’s nominations for best actresses and supporting actresses and see what happens?