Wednesday, March 23, 2005

That Oscar Magic...

How much does winning a Best Actor Oscar help one's career? Let's take a look:

Jamie Foxx, Ray -- Too soon to tell.

Sean Penn, Mystic River -- No discernable career impact.

Adrian Brody, The Pianist – In higher profile fare than before winning (The Village, The Jacket) but not exactly a household name. Has a chance, though, perhaps, after starring in Peter Jackson’s upcoming King Kong. (On the other hand, Sam Neill didn’t exactly take off after Jurassic Park.)

Denzil Washington, Training Day – Was a mid-level star, still a mid-level star.

Russell Crowe, Gladiator – Was a star, still a star.

Kevin Spacey, American Beauty -- Career nosedive.

Roberto Benigni, Live Is Beautiful – Was off the map, still off the map.

Jack Nicholson, As Good As It Gets -- Remains Jack Nicholson.

Geoffrey Rush, Shine – Remains respected character actor, probably some marginal effect. Box office of Pirates of the Caribbean probably as important to his career as his Oscar win.

Nicolas Cage, Leaving Las Vegas – No apparent career impact.

Tom Hanks, Forrest Gump – Still Tom Hanks.

Tom Hanks, Philadelphia – Still Tom Hanks.

Al Pacino, Scent of a Woman. No apparently career impact.

Anthony Hopkins, Silence of the Lambs. Film’s box office probably more influential than his Oscar, to whatever extent it was.

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