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The Sell-Out Failures of Oscar Winners

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood July 11, 2011 at 7:52AM

Entertainment blog Grantland's "made-up entertainment-related statistics" department trashes Oscar-winners who cash in on boffo box-office paydays in often second-rate studio features. We're not sure if potential embarrassment outweighs the paychecks these stars receive, but Grantland makes a valid career query:"2011's bumper crop of sequels, remakes, and general schlock has built swimming pools in the backyards of some of our most revered [Oscar winning] actors. But at what cost to their dramatic cred? Exactly how much of the shine have they taken off their Academy Awards? And which actor did the most damage this year?"
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Entertainment blog Grantland's "made-up entertainment-related statistics" department trashes Oscar-winners who cash in on boffo box-office paydays in often second-rate studio features. We're not sure if potential embarrassment outweighs the paychecks these stars receive, but Grantland makes a valid career query:

"2011's bumper crop of sequels, remakes, and general schlock has built swimming pools in the backyards of some of our most revered [Oscar winning] actors. But at what cost to their dramatic cred? Exactly how much of the shine have they taken off their Academy Awards? And which actor did the most damage this year?"

See who made the list:

Anthony Hopkins, Nicolas Cage, Julia Roberts, Geoffrey Rush, Tom Hanks, Frances McDormand, Penelope Cruz, Jennifer Connelly, Helen Mirren, Christoph Waltz and (in first place) Natalie Portman, with a pre-Oscar Tomatometer average of 88% and a post-Oscar average of 60%, thanks to 2011's No Strings Attached (48%), Your Highness (26%) and Thor (78%).

Check out all the details here.

This article is related to: Awards, Box Office, Headliners, Oscars, Julia Roberts, Nic Cage, Natalie Portman


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.