15 Celebrities Who Are Victims of the 'Oscar Love Curse'

Tanvier Peart | Mar 1, 2018 Celebrities
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  • Halle Berry

    Halle Berry and Eric Benet
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    To date, Halle Berry is the only black actress to win an Academy Award for Best Actress. Her 2002 victory in the category still remains a momentous occasion, though things in Berry's personal life took a turn for the unexpected shortly after. Halle and then husband Eric Benet separated a year after her Monster's Ball Oscar win amid cheating allegations. 

  • Hilary Swank

    Chad Lowe and Hilary Swank
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    While Hilary Swank and Chad Lowe's marriage did "survive" her 2000 Oscar win for Boys Don't Cry, the couple announced their split in 2006, one year after Swank took home the Best Actress Academy Award for Million Dollar Baby

  • Kate Winslet

    Sam Mendes and Kate Winslet
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    It seems distance didn't make the heart grow fonder in Kate Winslet and Sam Mendes's marriage. The couple revealed their separation back in 2010, one year after the Titanic star won the 2009 Best Actress Oscar for The Reader

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  • Helen Hunt

    Helen Hunt and Hank Azaria

    Life obviously wasn't As Good As It Gets for a certain Academy Award winner. Helen Hunt and Hank Azaria divorced in 2010, after dating for many years before tying the knot in 1999. And while they likely had personal issues to deal with (hence the divorce), it's worth a note that Helen took home the Best Actress Oscar in 1998.

  • Kim Basinger

    Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin
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    There weren't many places one could go back in the day without hearing about Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin. These two were the it couple, sizzling both on and off screen. But as intense as their relationship was, Alec and Kim separated two years after her 1998 L.A. Confidential Oscar win for Best Supporting Actress.

  • Julie Andrews


    Not even Mary Poppins herself is safe from the "Oscar love curse"! While no one knows the reasons why Julie Andrews and Tony Walton split in 1967, their separation does get a side-eye considering the actress took home the 1965 Best Actress Oscar for Mary Poppins

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  • Goldie Hawn

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    It might be a surprise to some that Goldie Hawn took home the 1970 Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in Cactus Flower. It might also be a surprise that she and then husband Gus Trikonis split three years after her win. 

  • Kathy Bates

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    Does Misery not love company? Kathy Bates earns a spot on this list after splitting from her longtime beau Tony Campisi some years after she took home the 1991 Best Actress Academy Award for her sinister role in Misery

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  • Jane Fonda

    Jane Fonda
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    Grace and Frankie star Jane Fonda is a woman who packs her own punch and doesn't put up with anyone's BS -- which begs the question if this includes first husband Roger Vadim? The couple married in 1965 and eventually divorced in 1973, just one year after Fonda took home the Academy Award for Klute.

  • Geena Davis

    Geena Davis
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    It can be hard to make a relationship in Hollywood work, even if you starred in three films with your once lover. Geena Davis and Jeff Goldblum will always have films like The Fly (a bit gross but still well-known) to look back on should they ever wish to take a stroll down memory lane. And while they did seem to hit it off on the screen, off-screen, these two likely struggled in the couples department given their marriage only lasted three years. 

    Geena earns a spot on this list as her 1990 divorce from Goldblum came one year after she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for The Accidental Tourist

  • Emma Thompson

    Emma Thompson and Kenneth Branagh
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    Once considered the British "Golden Couple," Emma Thompson and Kenneth Branagh are another pair who starred in various projects together before ultimately calling it quits. 1993 was a good year for Thompson as she took home the Best Actress Academy Award for Howards End. But life likely wasn't so sweet just a couple years later when Emma and Kenneth separated. 

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  • Rachel Weisz

    Rachel Weisz and Darren Aronofsky
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    Rachel Weisz and then fiancé Darren Aronofsky -- aka Jennifer Lawrence's recent ex-boyfriend -- started dating in 2001 before getting engaged in 2005. Though Rachel did win the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2006 for The Constant Gardener, these two didn't split until some years after her win, which could be coincidence or just another receipt that the "Oscar love curse" is a thing.

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