Best Actress Curse: Who Should Be Worried This Year?

Heather Chaet

nicole kidmanWho was shocked to read of Sandra Bullock's imploding marriage less than a week after giving her acceptance speech at the Oscars? I surprised but thought, well, the Best Actress Curse strikes again.

This legend is now is backed by science. Scientists at The University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management and Carnegie Mellon University studied married nominees in the Best Actor and Actress categories over the 74-year history of the awards show. That's 751 people, folks.

What did they find? If you win the Best Actress award, you are 63% more likely to have your marriage crash and burn than if you didn't win.

They say it's because of a status thing, the woman becoming more powerful than the guy. I'm not so sure about that (Jesse was a doofwad long before Sandra won the statue). Regardless as to why the relationships go kaplooie, they do. Just ask recent winners such as Halle Berrry, Hilary Swank, Reese Witherspoon and Kate Winslet

So, who should be worried this year?

Well, the single ladies are safe. Michelle Williams (nominated for her role as a wife with a marriage on the rocks in Blue Valentine)  and Jennifer Lawrence (nods for her portrayal of  a teen with a not-so-great family life in Winter's Bone) are in the clear according to the study.

The married ladies in possible trouble are A-lIsters in A-List marriages. Nicole Kidman (whose up for her performance as a grieving mom in Rabbit Hole) is no stranger to marriage woes (hello, Tom!), though her union with Keith Urban seems strong. Having just welcomed their second daughter, all things are, well, golden for Nicole right now. The bad news: according to the predictions, taking home that golden statue probably isn't in the cards for her this time. The good news? Her marriage is safe.

Annette Bening aka Mrs. Warren Beatty is considered the dark horse for her role as a lesbian mom in The Kids are All Right. Not necessarily the fave to win, but could provide a major upset -- we'll just have to wait and see. Married to Warren for more almost two decades, I think it's one of the strongest marriages in H-wood (but I also thought that about Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon ... sadness). If she does pull out the win, maybe her marriage won't fall to the curse because of the Oscar power already in their house: Warren has his own Oscar (for directing Reds) and the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award. That's got to skew the odds a bit.

And that leaves the front runner: Natalie Portman, who's neither single nor married -- she's engaged to fellow Black Swan star Benjamin Millepied. No word on how the curse affects an engaged winner ... if she wins, we'll just have to wait and see.


What do you think of the Best Actress Curse?


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