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Best Actress winners impacted by Oscar Curse

01/8​Halle Berry to Natalie Portman: Best Actress winners impacted by the Oscar Curse

In the glitzy world of Hollywood, where dreams and legends are made, exists a peculiar phenomenon that has intrigued fans for decades – the mysterious ‘Oscar curse’. Often associated with the Best Actress category, this superstition suggests that winning the golden trophy can spell doom for the actress. While male actors have also been affected, it is often the Best Actress winners whose personal lives are scrutinized.
If tabloid tales of Natalie Portman, Sandra Bullock, Maryl Streep to Halle Berry and other winners are anything to go by, the curse has left a trail of broken relationships over the years. Take a look…

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02/8Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman hit the headlines on Saturday when reports confirmed that the Oscar winner divorced her French choreographer husband Benjamin Millepied. The couple parted ways after 11 years of marriage, amidst cheating rumours.
Portman met Millepied in 2009 on the set of ‘Black Swan’, the psychological horror, for which she won the Best Actress Academy Award. News of the split made way for rumours that the star may just be the latest Best Actress Oscar winner to be impacted by the ‘Oscar Curse’.

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03/8Meryl Streep

Last year, three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep shocked the world when she disclosed that it had been six years since her separation from her husband of over 45 years. Coincidentally, this revelation places her split around 2017, the year she received her 17th Best Actress nomination for her performance in ‘The Post’. Although nominated for a whopping 22 times, she won her second Best Actress award in 2011, for her role as Margaret Thatcher in ‘The Iron Lady’.

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04/8Sandra Bullock

Sandra Bullock’s Oscar win for “The Blind Side” should have been a crowning moment in her illustrious career. However, the joy was short-lived as revelations of her husband Jesse James’s infidelities emerged shortly thereafter. What made the scandal worse, was that it unfolded as the couple was in the middle of their adoption process.

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05/8Kate Winslet

In the case of Kate Winslet and Sam Mendes, the couple announced their separation in 2010, just one year after the actress clinched the Best Actress Oscar for her role in ‘The Reader’. Incidentally, the split came after the couple worked together on the film ‘Revolutionary Road’, based on the theme of a couple drifting apart.

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06/8Hilary Swank

Actress Hilary Swank skipped the alleged ‘curse’ when she won the Oscar in 2000 for ‘Boys Don’t Cry’. However, her marriage to Chad Lowe ultimately took a hit in 2006, one year after the actress won her second Oscar for her role in ‘Million Dollar Baby’, fuelling speculations around the alleged ‘curse’.

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07/8Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe may blame their early marriage as a factor that lead to their divorce. Interestingly, the ‘Cruel Intentions’, cuple chose to part ways in 2006, coinciding with Witherspoon’s Oscar win for ‘Walk the Line’. Their divorce was finalized in 2007.

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08/8Halle Berry

Halle Berry remains the only black actress to have won an Academy Award for Best Actress to this day. Her triumph in 2002 stands as a significant milestone in cinematic history. However, shortly after her historic win for ‘Monster’s Ball’, Berry’s personal life took a hit after her then-husband Eric Benet parted ways amidst allegations of infidelity.

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