HOT GALLERY: 10 Stars Who Fell Victim to the Oscar CurseWinning an Oscar is the dream of almost every actor, actress, and precious stage dog—we love you, Uggie!—this side of Hollywood and Vine. What aspiring thespian hasn’t clutched a hairbrush while standing in the mirror, tearfully thanking her agent, parents, and Pilates instructor who knew the name of that discreet plastic surgeon? But what they don’t tell you when you step off the bus from Iowa—because that still happens, right?—is that winning an Academy Award can also be a curse. Or you just have a really bad knack for picking scripts. (We’ll go with cursed.) By Katherine Butler
Adrien Brody gave an outstanding performance as Wladyslaw Szpilman in Roman Polanski’s The Pianist, the true story of a Jewish pianist who survived the Holocaust while hiding in Warsaw, Poland. Brody shined as Szpilman, bringing depth and humanity to a character inundated by unspeakable horror. The film was received with great acclaim, including Brody’s Academy Award.
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