An Oscar is the perfect compliment to any actress’ career, but if the Academy Award is for the “best actress” category, (awarded as “performance by an actress in a leading role”) it can, somehow, be the kink in the chain that holds that actress’ romance together.
It doesn’t make sense, and the number of men who can’t admit that their lovers might be better than them is ridiculous. But in Hollywood, love is war. Bring your guns.
This heartbreak trend is called the Oscar love curse, and it dates back to the day that Helen Hunt thanked her boyfriend Hank Azaria onstage in 1998. They were married and divorced within the year, causing heads to spin and a curse to take form.
The curse most recently manifested itself this year, when Sandra Bullock won the award for her 2009 performance in “The Blindside.” Though this should be the most proud year of her life, her picture is on the front page because her husband betrayed her with this hussy, not because she’s on top of Hollywood. She’s too good for him anyway, in my opinion, and no one deserves to have the rug swept out from under them like that. She didn’t even get a chance to bask in her own glory before checking into the Heartbreak Hotel!
Kate Winslet, Reese Witherspoon, Gwyneth Paltrow and Halle Berry are all victims of the curse, among others, having won the prestigious award only to find their love lives crumbling shortly after. What a bass-ackwards state of affairs. These gorgeous, supremely talented women should not have to sacrifice their love and personal needs to have a career in Hollywood, but some weak men can’t stand being less successful than their partners. Tsk, tsk.
If these women wanted to be stay-at-home moms, so be it. But they didn’t. They chose a life that showcased their talent, and along with it their scandal. They want (and deserve) love just like the rest of us, and maybe they just have to get out of the Valley to find it. I know plenty of suitable men who would loyally love a woman like Reese Witherspoon or Halle Berry until the day she dies.
Instead of winning an Oscar and losing the love these women merit, the love curse should be redefined as a myth. Nothing about advancing a talented actress’ career should curse her, and the tired men who are too daft to appreciate their wives’ gifts can keep the D-listers they seem to favor so much.
Leading ladies, dump the bastards. Take a little advice from Beyonce and put everything he owns in a “box to the left.” And try to avoid the triflin’ sadists who can’t appreciate your beauty and talent next time.