There is no need to state the obvious when it comes to the aspirations of actors regarding the Academy Awards. An Oscar winner has certainly won all the attention in the movie world, and that person’s name will be sought after for the next billion-dollar film project. Before we can even begin to fathom the magnitude of an Oscar victor’s influence, we need to acknowledge that just being nominated for an Oscar is already a major accomplishment for an actor. In point of fact, being successful enough to be nominated for an Oscar increases the likelihood of being offered a fantastic role in a movie.
However, even winning an Oscar cannot ensure a successful career for award-winning actors in the long run. We all agree that acting is one of the most competitive careers in the world, actors must maintain their form before their position is taken by another actor. In point of fact, it doesn’t take all that much time for a successful career to start going in the wrong direction. Someone might speculate about the next few years, during which a large number of well-known actors will begin to dominate the film industry. Surprisingly, however, there are some actors whose subsequent performances in films immediately receive negative feedback from critics.
Below are some actors whose next movie after winning an Oscar was awful. Keep going down the page and have a look at them!
#1 Rami Malek
As the main character in “Mr. Robot,” Rami Malek shot to fame and eventually won the Oscar for best actor, beating out other notable actors like Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper along the way. The audience was unsatisfied with Malek’s subsequent performance as Chee Chee the gorilla in the forgettable film “Dolittle,” which was released in 2020. Critics were not impressed by the all-star animal voice cast despite the fact that they focused primarily on the peculiar leading turn from Robert Downey Jr. and the terrible script as the primary reasons for the movie’s poor reception.
#2 Eddie Redmayne
Unfortunately, his next role was in the Wachowski sisters’ acid trip “Jupiter Ascending,” which was a complete 180 degree turn for his career. The actor was praised for his portrayal of the haughty villain in this film, which was also lauded for the world-building it featured; however, the film was received with extreme indifference and confusion from reviewers, and it did not fare well at the box office upon its initial release. Its singularly WTF-inducing vibe, which is similar to “Dune” combined with a teen drama on The CW, might someday give it iconic status, but as an Oscar follow-up for Redmayne, it was a head-scratcher.
#3 Helen Hunt
Helen Hunt, best known for her role on the sitcom “Mad About You,” took the lead role in the film “As Good as It Gets” in 1997, in which she competed head-to-head with the legendary Jack Nicholson. She was awarded the Academy Award for Best Actress for her work in that movie, which won her the award.
After that, she made her return to the big screen in the film “Dr. T and the Women,” which was a box office bomb. “Dr. T and the Women” is one of few films to get a straight-up “F” from audience pollster CinemaScore (per Vulture), and it couldn’t recoup its meager budget at the box office.
#4 Jared Leto
His next film project, “Suicide Squad,” which was released in 2016, was a disappointment; however, “The Suicide Squad,” which was released in 2021 and was much more successful, should not be confused with the former. DC’s first movie about the group of anti-heroes was panned by critics despite making a decent amount of money, and in general, Jared Leto was not able to live up to the high standards set by his predecessors Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger in playing the iconic Batman villain The Joker. The script for “Suicide Squad” was poorly written, and the editing was choppy because it was pieced together from multiple shoots. This did not help matters.
#5 Jennifer Lawrence
It seems impossible to believe that Jennifer Lawrence got to where she is today so quickly. In addition to starring in films based on the X-Men franchise and “The Hunger Games,” Lawrence won an award for Best Actress for her performance in “Silver Linings Playbook.” As a result of her success at the age of 22, she was free to pursue any endeavor she desired moving forward.
However, a horror film that she appeared in the fall of 2010, months before her “Winter’s Bone” Oscar nomination would put her on the map, had been postponed by the studio for a bit, and they saw fit to premiere “House at the End of the Street” several years later after Lawrence’s Oscar win to maximize the box office potential of what became a roundly awful movie. It was panned by reviewers because they felt that it was largely devoid of genuine scares and that its plot was largely understandable.
#6 Sandra Bullock
Sandra Bullock won an Oscar in 2010 thanks to his role in “The Blind Side”. The performance of Sandra Bullock as a fierce and protective southern matriarch was without a doubt the standout aspect of the film, according to both the critics and the audience members who saw it. Still, her next role would be in the film “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” which was released in 2011. This film doubled down on perhaps the most sensitive “based on a true story” material that is possible in contemporary America, which is the events of 9/11. The film, which was an adaptation of a novel written by Jonathan Safran Foer, was met with mixed reviews from critics and did the complete opposite of “Blind Side” in terms of its performance at the box office, as it was immediately unsuccessful.
#7 Hilary Swank
Hilary Swank entered the elite ranks of actors who have numerous Oscars for leading roles with her victory for “Million Dollar Baby” in 2004, which came 5 years after she won the Best Actress Oscar for “Boys Don’t Cry” in 1999 in a star-making portrayal. In 1999, she won the Oscar for her performance in “Boys Don’t Cry.” One of the most brilliant and successful films in director-writer-star Clint Eastwood’s long career, “Million Dollar Baby” impressed critics on its way to winning Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actor (for the ever-reliable Morgan Freeman) in addition to Swank’s statue.
But the next role that Hilary Swank took was a letdown, and it was the beginning of a downward spiral for her entire career in the years that followed. She received an invitation from Brian De Palma to play the role of a femme fatale in a high-profile adaptation of James Ellroy’s novel “The Black Dahlia,” which was destined from the beginning to draw unfavorable comparisons to the seminal Ellroy adaptation “L.A. Confidential.” The cringeworthy “The Black Dahlia” received a grade of “D+” from CinemaScore, which indicates that audiences did not enjoy the film.
#8 Jamie Foxx
Best Supporting Actor for “Collateral,” which he lost to Morgan Freeman (“Million Dollar Baby”); and Best Actor for “Ray,” which he effortlessly won Don Cheadle (“Hotel Rwanda”) and Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Aviator”)
His brilliant newfound star power would not help him in his next film, “Stealth,” which was released in 2005. “Stealth” was a forgettable, critically panned fume bomb that lazily mashed up “2001: A Space Odyssey” and “Top Gun.” Starring Jamie Foxx, Josh Lucas, and Jessica Biel as human pilots facing off against a rogue AI drone, “Stealth” was a fume bomb that was panned by critics. It didn’t even come close to recouping half of the $135 million that it cost to make “Stealth,” and the movie was quickly relegated to the ash heap of history, which is where Jamie Foxx would rather see it remain.
#9 Christoph Waltz
Only one of the many actors and actresses who have played notable roles in Quentin Tarantino’s films has ever been awarded an Oscar gold medal, and that actor is Christoph Waltz. Waltz won the award for Best Supporting Actor for the film “Inglorious Basterds” in 2009, and he won it again only three years later for “Django Unchained.”
On the other hand, Waltz made the decision to play a different evil character in the 2011 box office bomb “The Green Hornet.” Although the actor did his best in an underwritten role as a paranoid gangster, he failed to create a bad guy as impressive as Hans Landa soon after winning an Oscar award.
#10 Natalie Portman
The performance that Natalie Portman gave in “Black Swan,” for which she was awarded an Academy Award, was a showcase role for her, and it continues to be the successful career that has taken her from child prodigy to “Star Wars,” and back around to A-list status and the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
#11 Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron’s Best Actress victory in 2003 for “Monster” is one of the most textbook examples, as Theron’s all-out commitment won her the Oscar in future films like “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “Atomic Blonde.”
Shortly after that, in 2004, Theron appeared in the film “Head in the Clouds,” which was universally panned by critics and was riddled with overused plot devices. The film was a gauzy historical drama set against the backdrop of World War II that followed a very attractive love triangle (or love triad, perhaps) among Theron, the equally glamorous Stuart Townsend, and Penelope Cruz. In many ways, the film was the polar opposite of “Monster.” Charlize Theron’s performance in “Head in the Clouds” was a forgettable misfire that was unfortunately timed just after she had achieved the pinnacle of Oscar glory. The film was treacly, flat, and forgettable.
#12 Gary Oldman
After portraying one of history’s most outstanding figures in Winston Churchill to the Oscar podium, hardly anyone was interested in seeing Oldman play just some general in another dime-a-dozen war film. If this were the case, they would have a wide variety of excellent options to select from in Gary Oldman’s filmography, including “Air Force One” and “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.”
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