Many believe there’s a so-called Oscars curse after several stars won Best Actress and within a short time wound up filing for divorce.
Coincidence or is that golden statue full of bad juujuu?
Just days after winning Best Actress for The Blind Side in 2010, Sandra Bullock was rocked by husband Jesse James‘ cheating scandal. Their divorce was finalized in June 2010.
Reese Witherspoon was all smiles after winning Best Actress for Walk the Line in 2006. The following year, she and husband Ryan Phillippe announced their separation. Their divorce was finalized in Oct 2007.
In 2002, Halle Berry made history as the first African-American woman to win a Best Actress Oscar for her work in Monster’s Ball. Unfortunately, her luck would run out the following year as she and second husband Eric Benet announced their separation. Their divorce was finalized in 2005.
Following six nominations, Kate Winslet finally won a Best Actress Oscar for The Reader in 2009. One year later, she and director Sam Mendes announced their split after seven years of marriage.
And while Hilary Swank may have dodged the curse after her first win in 2000, she wasn’t so lucky the second time taking home her second Best Actress Academy Award in 2005 for Million Dollar Baby. By 2007, her marriage of ten years to Chad Lowe was officially over.
But to counter these failed relationships, it should be noted that Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep and Helen Mirren are examples of three Best Actress winners who have remained in healthy marriages.