8 Oscar Winners and the Horrible Movies They Did Next
An Oscar is a funny thing. Winning one means you're a respected thespian, but as 1966's Best Supporting Actress Sandy Dennis once noted, it also means you can't be new again. Some Oscar-winners find themselves taking less-than-stellar roles after their big night at the Kodak, and we're commemorating eight whose next trip to the silver screen was a marked downgrade.
(Point of order: We're talking about these actors' next movies to arrive on the silver screen; some may have been filmed prior to their Oscar win. Also, a few actors on our list played parts in TV movies following their Oscar win, but for the purposes of this list we're not counting them. Who does?)
Oscar: Best Actor for Silence of the Lambs
Next movie: Freejack
Anthony Hopkins is pretty fabulous in everything; I even recall his role as Torvald Helmer in the '70s adaptation of A Doll's House with awe. But the movie that followed his most prestigious part, Dr. Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs, is a head-scratcher: the cyperpunk failure Freejack, starring Emilio Estevez, Mick Jagger, and Rene Russo. Cute fun-fact: It's a futuristic technological thriller set in 2009.
Oscar: Best Actress for Children of a Lesser God
Next movie: Walker
Marlee Matlin was greeted with a fleet of accolades for her debut film, the screen adaptation of Mark Medoff's play Children of a Lesser God, and the august thesp still holds the record for youngest Best Actress winner (at age 21). Unfortunately, she followed that success with the towering failure of Walker, the absurd, Peckinpah-aping story of William Walker, an American filibuster who invaded Mexico and became president of Nicaragua. Lucky for us, Marlee Matlin's Twitter indicates that she's in pretty good spirits.
Oscar: Best Actress for As Good As It Gets
Next movie: Dr. T. and the Women
Oh, the post-Oscar career of Helen Hunt. Does it get any weirder? After decimating awards season with her Oscar and Emmy win, Helen Hunt moved on to costar with Richard Gere and Farrah Fawcett in Robert Altman's Dr. T. and the Women, and here are three things you should know about this movie: 1) It is called Dr. T. and the Women; 2) Tara Reid and Shelley Long play key roles; 3) Richard Gere stars a gynecologist who's just trying to understand love in this crazy world. S.O.S.
Oscar: Best Actor for The Pianist
Next movie: The Singing Detective
Tina Fey's least favorite SNL host's Oscar win for The Pianist was a surprise, but his subsequent role was even more of a shock: the Robert Downey Jr. non-hit The Singing Detective, based on the same-named BBC miniseries. Any movie with Katie Holmes playing a professional role is probably a misstep.
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