Jamie Neish: Oscar ‘curse’ is just superstition

Aeon Flux, starring Charlize Theron. Pic: Comp
Aeon Flux, starring Charlize Theron. Pic: Comp
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IN a few weeks’ time, actors such as Julianne Moore, Rosamund Pike, Eddie Redmayne and Michael Keaton will discover if they are winners at this year’s Oscars.

The Awards themselves, which reward bold, brave and brilliant performances from the year before, are seen as a wonderful thing - but also have a shadowy side to them.

Whether there is a post-Oscar curse is indeterminable. But there’s no doubt that a handful of past Oscar winners haven’t always had the best of luck with the roles that come after their win.

Charlize Theron won an Oscar for her performance in Monster, only to then be seen in the box office bomb Aeon Flux (pictured). Halle Berry became the first African American leading actress winner, but has struggled to achieve the same level of recognition for her work since.

Of course, there have been many, many other Oscar winners who have had long and healthy careers.You only have to look at multi-award nominee and winner Meryl Streep to put the so-called Oscar curse down to superstition.

That said, there’s no hiding the fact that winning - actually, merely being nominated for an Oscar - is seen in the film world as the crowning achievement - the ultimate mark of success.

Like any other accolade in life, that comes with a certain degree of pressure. You’ve won the award, excellent, but what happens next?

Well, no matter what happens, success is success. And even if actors struggle to reach the heights they have previously, that’s no bad thing.

It is, if anything at all, something to cherish.

And the post-Oscar curse? Who cares. Every person has highs and lows in life, it’s just that actors find themselves in the difficult position of having everyone of those highs and lows judged on a grand scale.