“Oscar” Winners Who Dropped Off the Map
Generally speaking it is thought that winning an Academy Award or “Oscar” is a huge career boost. However there is ample evidence that winning the prestigious statuette is not a guarantee of future success. Check out these “Oscar” winners whose follow up efforts didn’t pan out.
Moviefone has come up with a list of winners who never matched the success of their award winning roles.
Cuba Gooding Jr., Best Supporting Actor for “Jerry Maguire”, 1996–He followed his win with a slew of box office duds, including “What Dreams May Come,” “Instinct,” “Chill Factor,” “Rat Race,” Snow Dogs,” “Boat Trip,” and “The Land Before Time XIII: The Wisdom of Friends,” playing a dinosaur named Loofah.
Adrien Brody, Best Actor for “The Pianist”, 2003–He’s been saddled in increasingly lowbrow fare. Some of his post-Oscar-win decisions probably seemed like good ideas at the time (a “King Kong” remake from Peter Jackson; the new film by then-unstoppable M. Night Shyamalan; some movie with Wes Anderson and a train) but all turned out to be duds.
Jennifer Connelly, Best Supporting Actress for “A Beautiful Mind”, 2002– Her career has been a mixed bag. Her first big role post-Academy Award was in Ang Lee’s misunderstood “Hulk,” which led to her veering back towards more prestige fare like the overwrought melodrama of “House of Sand and Fog,” “Reservation Road,” and “Blood Diamond.” Her attempts at mainstream success resulted in equally iffy product, including the “Ring” rip-off “Dark Water” and the disastrous “Day the Earth Stood Still” remake.
Timothy Hutton, Best Supporting Actor for “Ordinary People”, 1981–
He remains the youngest ever actor to win a Supporting Oscar. It’s pretty amazing, considering that earlier in the year he was starring in an episode of “Disney’s Wonderful World” entitled “The Sultan and the Rock Star.” Since then, he’s mainly stuck to bit parts in small feature films and made-for-TV movies.via
For the full list click here. One can only hope that this years winners fare better in their future endeavors. The Academy Awards will be televised live on ABC beginning at 8:30 Sunday night.