10 Oscar-Winning Celebs Whose Movies Always Flop
March 2nd, 2014 11:00am EST
1. Marisa Tomei
Big things were supposed to happen for Marisa Tomei after she became the underdog to beat in 1992 for "My Cousin Vinny." Tomei was to usher in a new type of actress, one who was relatable and offbeat, while still being able to deliver the goods. Even though she was recognized by the academy for her latter work in the films "In the Bedroom" (2001) and "The Wrestler" (2008), Tomei hasn't had a big box office moneymaker since "Vinny." It's not for lack of putting herself out there. Since her win, Tomei has appeared in over 41 movies, but most of her flicks head straight-to-DVD.
2. Cuba Gooding Jr.
If there was one actor who was seriously over-enthusiastic about winning his Oscar, it was Cuba Gooding Jr. The film was "Jerry Maguire", the year 1996 and the phrase of the moment was "show me the money;" the very same phrase Cuba uttered as Rod Tidwell in the film. Cuba showed the academy more than the money the night he won his award for Best Supporting Actor, as he continued to speak over the orchestra who wanted him to wrap up his speech. Gooding kept speaking until members of the audience, including Goldie Hawn and Will Smith. gave him a standing ovation for NOT leaving the stage. Gooding has made 26 films since, but has been given accolades for only one performance, an NAACP Image Award nod for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for "The Butler."
3. Mira Sorvino
Mira Sorvino was one to watch after winning a Supporting Actress Oscar for Woody Allen's "Mighty Aphrodite" in 1995. Soon after, she continued her carefully crafted movie persona of the lovable ditz as Romy White in 1997's "Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion." Since then, Sorvino has hit a dry spell, with 32 movies under her belt and none a box-office hit. She was recognized for her work in the Lifetime Television film "Human Trafficking" in 2005 with a Golden Globe Nomination, but has since become more well-known for her efforts with Amnesty International since 2004. Sorvino has also served as a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador to Combat Human Trafficking.
4. Kim Basinger
There was no one more glamorous than Kim Basinger as she stepped up to the podium to receive her Best Supporting Actress award in 1997 for "L.A. Confidential." Wearing a gold dress, it looked as if Oscar herself had come to fruition. Graciously she thanked "everyone I have ever met in my entire life." Following "Confidential," Bassinger made the big-budget "I Dreamed of Africa," which tanked at the box office. From that point on, her career has been on a slow decline with few notable hot points. Bassinger gained more notoriety for her continued domestic and family struggles with ex-husband Alec Baldwin. Her last film, the 2013 boxing movie "Grudge Match" grossed only $42M at the box office.
5. Robin Williams
One of the most respected comedians in the world for his razor-sharp timing and wit, Robin Williams was anything but funny when he won an Academy Award for 1997's ultra-serious film "Good Will Hunting." His self-loathing portrayal of psychiatrist Sean Maguire earned him the respect of the academy and his peers, and brought the actor/funnyman to an entirely new level of creative work. Unfortunately, Williams last acting accolade was with a Golden Globe nod for his work in 1998's "Patch Adams." Although working steadily since, Williams has not captivated the Academy, despite churning out 43 movies and counting.
6. Gwyneth Paltrow
Now known more as a figurehead for healthy living, Gwyneth Paltrow was anything but the outspoken and engaging woman she is today when she won a Best Actress award in 1998 for "Shakespeare in Love." Although she won the big prize that night, her award was overshadowed by her pink Ralph Lauren dress and diamond necklace purchased for her by her father, actor Bruce Paltrow. Since that time, Paltrow has acted in 28 more films, having only one big box office success portraying Pepper in the "Iron Man" series. As of late, she spends most of her time raising her two children with musician husband Chris Martin and working as a lifestyle expert.
7. Reese Witherspoon
For many years, Reese Witherspoon was plagued with portraying one blonde airhead role after another. That was until she landed the role of June Carter Cash in 2005's "Walk the Line," which earned her an Academy Award for Best Actress. While Witherspooon has had no shortage of movie role since, she has not been able to capture a role that would catapult her back to Oscar glory. For now, her concentration has been on raising her three children.
8. Jamie Foxx
In 2004, there was no actor more in demand that Jamie Foxx. He was nominated not once that year, but twice in both the Supporting Actor category and Best Actor category for "Collateral" and "Ray." Foxx was the second male in history to receive two acting Oscar nominations in the same year for his work on two different movies. He won the latter category, Since his big win, Foxx has appeared in a minimum of two movies per year, except in 1998 where he took a year off. He received critical praise for his role in Quinten Tarantino's "Django Unchained." but not the praise of the academy. Foxx has concentrated on a music career since Oscar glory, collaborating with an eclectic mix of music superstars from Rascal Flatts to The Game.
9. Adrien Brody
"The Pianist" was Adrien Brody's firs big breakout role in 2002. but it was his impromptu smooch with Halle Berry upon hearing her call his name for the Best Actor statuette that cemented his status with movie fans. He began his career on film in 1989, but didn't start to pick up steam until "Pianist" came along. In the years since the kiss seen around the world, Brody has appeared in 26 films. While he was not singled out for his work in the acclaimed 2011 Woody Allen film "Midnight in Paris," Brody was part of an ensemble that was lauded for its craft.
10. Susan Sarandon
It is a dream for any actress to win an Oscar, but for an actress who began her career singing in her underwear, the win was more bittersweet. Susan Sarandon found her movie legs in the cult blockbuster "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" and went on to star in over 80 movies thus far. The Academy bestowed its highest honor for an actress on her in 1995 for her portrayal of Sister Helen Prejean in "Dead Man Walking," and while she has been a working and in-demand actress since, Sarandon has not been offered the type of meaty roles that would bring her back to Oscar glory.
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