Congratulations, you won an Oscar! Now ruin your credibility forever by starring in a shitty action movie or a throwaway thriller. Here are the worst Oscar winning offenders in Hollywood history: 10. Charlize Theron - Won For: Monster, Next Film: Aeon Flux Charlize went from a gritty, ugly indie to a glossy, empty adaptation of a cartoon. But really, can anyone blame her for wanting to show the world she’s still pretty? I can’t. 9. Jennifer Connolly - Won For: A Beautiful Mind, Next Film: Hulk At least Academy fave Ang Lee was directing this misguided comic book movie as opposed to Michael Bay. And it’s not like A Beautiful Mind was all that great to begin with. 8. Angelina Jolie - Won For: Girl, Interrupted, Next Film: Gone in Sixty Second What’s worse, playing a car thief in a movie whose entire screenplay consisted of one page with “BIG CAR CHASE” scribbled on it, or making out with your brother? Angie did both after winning her Oscar, and she’s still working, so what do I know? Charlize went from a gritty, ugly indie to a glossy, empty adaptation of a cartoon. But really, can anyo
7. Jamie Foxx - Won For: Ray (and nominated the same year for Collateral, too!), Next Film: Stealth Foxx inhabited the soul of an iconic music legend, and then a pilot in an unmemorable “high-octane” action movie. As long as he stops singing Ray Charles’ “What I Say” at any given moment, I’m happy. 6. Roberto Benigni - Won For: Life is Beautiful, Next Film: Pinocchio You directed, wrote and starred in one of the most heart-tugging tearjerkers ever, and you follow it up by playing a little wooden boy when you’re 48 years old? Thank god nobody saw it. 5. Halle Berry - Won For: Monster’s Ball, Next Film: Swordfish, Film After That: Die Another Day All that sobbing onstage while accepting her Oscar must have tuckered Halle Berry out, since she completely gave up right after. At least Berry’s breasts have never jumped the shark – they’re still doing their best work!
4. Hilary Swank – Double winner/loser! Won For: Boys Don’t Cry Next Film: The Gift, Won For: Million Dollar Baby, Next Film: The Black Dahlia No one else bounces back and forth from being the best actress to the absolute worst like Hilary Swank. Is there an award for that? 3. Helen Hunt - Won for: As Good As It Gets, Next Film: Dr. T and the Women It took Helen three years to make that boring, uninspired follow-up film, too! She tried avoiding the Oscar curse by disappearing off the face of the Earth. 2. Robin Williams -Won For: Good Will Hunting, Next Film: Patch Adams Robin played a good-humored doc who just wants to help people. Then he won an Oscar, and went straight to playing a red-nose wearing freak who makes us all cry. But this isn’t even the worst poorly chosen post-Oscar role in history. The king of that would be...
1. Kevin Spacey - Won for: American Beauty, Next Film: Pay It Forward, Film After That: K-Pax, Film After That: The Shipping News I could go on. But why torture ourselves any further? Honorary Mention: Cuba Gooding Jr. Cuba went from Oscar Winner ™ to punchline pretty fast, but people seem to forget after Jerry Maguire, he was in As Good As it Gets, What Dreams May Come (cheesy, but successful) and Men of Honor. Not too shabby! Then a literal and figurative Pearl Harbor hit Cuba’s career, and it was Rat Race, Snow Dogs, The Fighting Temptations, Boat Trip, Radio, Norbit, Daddy Day Camp… I think his Oscar has deteriorated into dust by now, if he hasn’t sold it for firewood yet. So whose next to sell their soul? Everyone! Penelope Cruz has a voice in G-Force as a CGI guinea pig, while Sean Penn is rumored to play Larry (not even Moe!) in a Three Stooges movie. And don’t rule out Heath Ledger just cause he’s dead – he’s still got one film left to come out, and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus doesn’t exactly look like Dark Knight 2. Cuba went from Oscar Winner ™ to punchline pretty fast, but people seem to forget after Jerry Maguire, he was in As Good As it Gets, What Dre
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