Winning an Oscar is just about the greatest achievement a film actor can hope for. It is an honour that only a few among thousands of actors in Hollywood attain. It is a quest of sorts, something burning inside each and every one of them. But what happens to those who do receive it?
Seth Macfarlane said at the recent Academy Awards, “Win an Oscar and you’re set.” To him, an Oscar ensures its recipient a steady stream of quality acting jobs to choose from. He then went on to point out Jean Dujardin for his Best Actor winning performance in the 2011 Best Picture, The Artist
, which drew laughter from the crowd.
After receiving widespread acclaim, Dujardin may have doubted his chances of ever doing anything as big and chose to sit back rather than take on major roles. While Macfarlane’s statement about Dujardin drew laughter, Dujardin himself would probably take laughter over the ridicule some of his contemporaries faced after winning an Oscar and going on to star in complete box-office flops.
Here are three examples to prove that an Oscar doesn't necessarily guarantee more quality roles.
After winning the Best Actor Oscar for his pitch-perfect portrayal of Ray Charles in the 2004’s biopic, Ray, Foxx went on to star in Stealth – a film that cost USD135 million to produce. The film earned USD76 million worldwide, making it one of the biggest losses in cinematic history.
Cuba Gooding Jr.
Since winning Best Supporting Actor in 1996 for playing Rod Tidwell in Jerry Maguire, Gooding carried on featuring in award-nominated films such as What Dreams May Come and Men of Honor. But the turn of the new millennium saw Gooding’s roles go from bad to worse; he was nominated for the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor five times between 2003 and 2007. Now Gooding spends his days starring in direct-to-DVD films.
No one has parlayed his Academy Award winner status, which he attained in 1995 for Leaving Las Vegas, quite like Cage. From starring in Ghost Rider to The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, voice acting in The Ant Bully to Astro Boy, Cage has certainly turned his once promising career into a spectacularly strange one.