Coincidence? Trend? Academy-Award-winning best actresses throughout the years often divorce after receiving the ultimate accolade.
Scientists from the University of Toronto found that of the 265 married women who have been nominated for Best Actress from the beginning of the modern Oscars in 1936 to the present, 159 of them – or 60 percent - got divorced, reported the Frisky.
Actresses who have been affected by the “Oscar’s Best Actress Divorce Curse” include Sandra Bullock, Kate Winslet, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Halle Berry, Hilary Swank and Reese Witherspoon.
Scientists also compared the divorce rate of actresses who have won the Oscar and actresses who were nominated – but didn’t win. Winners were 1.68 times more likely to split and have a 63 percent chance of having a shorter marriage.
How do Best Actor winners compare to their fellow male nominees? Research indicates that there is no difference. Divorce seems to only affect highly successful women in the industry.
“Winning an Oscar can be construed as a big jump in professional status that an actor or actress has in their world and in the eyes of the broader audience… You are never the same after you’ve secured an Oscar for Best Actor or Best Actress,” one of the scientists behind the study, Tiziana Casciaro, said to The Frisky.
In other words, our society generally prefers the husband in a marriage to have a more professional and economic status than his wife. When roles are reversed, the relationship may suffer.
The 2011 Oscar nominees for Actress in a Leading Role include Annette Bening in The Kids Are All Right, Nicole Kidman in Rabbit Hole, Jennifer Lawrence in Winter’s Bone, Natalie Portman in Black Swan, and Michelle Williams in Blue Valentine. Hopefully, whoever wins does not suffer a similar fate.
Hosted by Anne Hathaway and James Franco, the 2011 83rd Academy Awards premieres Feb. 27 on ABC.