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10 Movie Stars Who Took Oscar Acting but Not Cope Elementary Roles

The actor’s life is not easy: today, spectators and critics applaud you, urging you to award the most prestigious film awards, and tomorrow they will give you a figurine for the worst game. Not everyone succeeds in keeping the bar high, including eminent artists with great experience behind them. Who knew that the three main stars of the “Irish” Martin Scorsese will be experienced nominees for the Golden Raspberry?

Happy Worthy Life got acquainted with the filmography of the actors marked with an Oscar and an Anti-Oscar, and singled out their best and worst roles.

Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman 10 Movie Stars Who Took Oscar Acting but Not Cope Elementary Roles
© Black Swan / Cross Creek Pictures   © Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones / Lucasfilm  

Best Role: Ballerina Nina Sayers, Black Swan. Natalie approached her work with all responsibility. A year before the start of filming, she resumed her ballet classes. At first I trained for 2 hours every day, then I increased the duration of classes to 5 hours.

On set, she suffered a concussion and damaged ribs. It took 6 weeks to recover. In addition, the mental state of the actress was unstable. As a result, for her efforts, Portman was nominated for various awards, becoming the winner of almost all, including the Oscars and Golden Globes.

Worst Role: Queen Padme Amidala, Star Wars. Nominations for Golden Raspberries brought 2 parts of Star Wars. In 2000, Natalie, along with Jake Lloyd, distinguished themselves as the worst screen pair, and in 2003, Portman almost became the worst supporting actress. Then, in an interview, Portman said: “Everyone thought I was a terrible actress. I starred in the highest grossing film of the decade, but not a single director wanted to work with me. “

Al Pacino

Al Pacino 10 Movie Stars Who Took Oscar Acting but Not Cope Elementary Roles
© Scent of a Woman / Universal Pictures   © Jack and Jill / Columbia Pictures  

Best Role: Frank Slade, The Scent of a Woman. Al Pacino has 9 Oscar nominations, but only 1 time he became a laureate. The role of a blind retired colonel of intelligence became a real test for him and demanded maximum acting return. The critic Marjorie Baumgarten noted the excellent game of Al Pacino, which makes you forget about everything that happens off-screen.

Worst Role: Cameo, “Jack and Jill.” For such a long and long film career, you can stumble a little that Al Pacino did … 4 times. Moreover, only once he became a laureate of Golden Raspberry. But it is worth noting that the film “Such Different Twins” in general received negative feedback and was called the worst film of the year. Three other projects, where the actor showed himself not the best side, were “Revolution”, “Gigli” and “88 minutes”.

Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron 10 Movie Stars Who Took Oscar Acting but Not Cope Elementary Roles
© Monster / Newmarket Films   © Sweet November / Warner Bros.  

Best Role: Eileen (Lee) Wornos, Monster. In 2004, the actress has collected many awards for working on this picture. Here the factor worked not only of an incredible external transformation, but also Theron’s way out of her usual role of a pretty beauty.

Worst Role: Sarah Deaver, Sweet November. This is one of the favorite films of everyone who likes to cry over a melodrama. But it was he who brought Charlize the first nomination for Golden Raspberry. Critics smashed the picture to smithereens. The screen pair went to Keanu Reeves and Charlize Theron due to the absence of at least some chemistry between the characters.

Robert DeNiro

Robert DeNiro 10 Movie Stars Who Took Oscar Acting but Not Cope Elementary Roles
© Raging Bull / United Artists   © Dirty Grandpa / Lionsgate Films  

Best Role: Boxer Jake Lamotta, Raging Bull. The first Oscar nomination in 1975 led Robert De Niro to victory – for his supporting role in the film “The Godfather – 2”. And in 1981, he took a figurine in the main acting category for his work in Raging Bull. In addition, at various times, he was nominated for the prize another 6 times.

Worst Role: Dick Kelly, “Grandfather of Easy Conduct.” It is impossible to assert with complete certainty that the longer a career, the films become worse. The same “Irishman“, where De Niro played the main role, has every chance to become the best film of 2020. But there are misses. In 2017, the actor starred in the film “Grandfather of easy virtue”, which was so unsuccessful that in the end he was expected to receive a nomination for Golden Raspberry.

Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman 10 Movie Stars Who Took Oscar Acting but Not Cope Elementary Roles
© The Hours / Miramax Films   © Just Go with It / Columbia Pictures  

Best Role: Writer Virginia Woolf, The Hours. Kidman read all the letters that Wolfe published. As the actress later admitted, it really helped her to get used to the image and understand her character. Nicole also had to learn to write with her right hand, because she herself is left-handed.

Worst Role: Devlin Adams, “Just Go with It.” The stars of this film, of course, were Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler, but Nicole Kidman did not hide from the audience. Critic Wesley Morris from The Boston Globe said: “To see her in such junk is the same as watching the Queen of England eat tacos.”

Joe Pesci

Joe Pesci
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Best Role: Tommy DeVito, Good Fellas. In all 3 films, for the work in which Joe Pesci was nominated for an Oscar, he played with Robert De Niro. In “Good Guys” they reincarnated as 2 gangsters who do not represent any other life than a criminal one. The picture even included scenes taken from the past of Pesci himself.

Worst Role: Leo Getts, Lethal Weapon 4. The film as a whole turned out worse than the prequels preceding it. Joe Pesci’s acting was not as skillful as, for example, in Scorsese’s paintings. Therefore, he was nominated in 1999 for Golden Raspberry for the worst male supporting role.

Julianne Moore

Julianne Moore
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Best Role: Linguistic Professor Alice Howland, Still Alice. In 2015, Julianne Moore received an Oscar for this work. In preparation for the shooting, Moore spoke with consultants from the National Alzheimer’s Association to better show the changes that are taking place in her character’s life. Empire’s David Hughes of the Empire called the cast of Julianne flawless.

Worst Role: Mrs. Malkin, The Seventh Son. The very next year after receiving the Oscar, the actress was nominated for Golden Raspberry for a supporting role in the film by Sergei Bodrov. I must say that the project as a whole was adopted very negatively and received a low rating from both critics and viewers.

Jesse Eisenberg

Jesse Eisenberg
© The Social Network / Columbia Pictures   © Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice / DC Comics  

Best Role: Mark Zuckerberg, Social Network. The role of the founder of the social network Facebook brought Eisenberg a nomination for an Oscar and other prestigious awards in 2011. And despite the fact that the actor’s game then struck even a skeptical audience, since then Jesse has not been seen in any noticeable dramatic roles.

Worst Role: Lex Luthor, “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.” DC Entertainment expected a breakthrough from this film, and something was slurred. Critic Tasha Robinson describes Eisenberg’s play as “a manic, lighter version of the Joker Heath Ledger, with nervous babble, alarming giggles and a nihilistic challenge to the world.” In the review, she emphasizes: “Lex is devoid of terrifying tension: his sneakers, shaggy hair and a creaky voice clearly do not contribute to at least some kind of threat, even when he tries to do it.”

Rooney Mara

Rooney Mara
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Best Role: Therese Belivet, Carol. The actress did not receive an Oscar then, that year Alicia Vikander passed her. But the role still turned out to be noticeable enough to start talking about Rooney Mara as a talented artist. Although she revealed her creativity in the film “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” for which she was also nominated for an Oscar.

Worst Role: Tiger Lily, “Pan: Journey to Netland.” The film had every chance of success. The script in which he was shot was included in the Black List of the best non-produced projects. The cast was full of stars: Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Amanda Seyfried.

But nitpicking to Rune Mare appeared already at the stage of casting. The leadership of the picture was accused of racism and inconsistency with the canon, since the character of Mary was supposed to be an Indian princess. Many critics agree that the actress should not have taken on this role at all.

Leonardo DiCaprio Leonardo DiCaprio Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio
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Best Role: Hunter Hugh Glass, The Survivor. The whole world was waiting, and finally in 2016, DiCaprio did it: he received the coveted Oscar. The actor for a long time preparing for the role, discussed with the director Alejandro González Iñárritu all the important points and the smallest nuances.

Leonardo entered the role so much that, being a vegetarian, he ate raw meat on the set. After the release of the picture, almost all critics in their reviews agreed that DiCaprio is the unequivocal favorite of the Oscars-2016.

Worst Role: Young American Richard, The Beach. In 2001, the actor was nominated for Golden Raspberry for the worst game. Stephen Hunter of the Washington Post dubbed “The Beach” “Peter Pan” with machine guns, sex, and Leonardo as Ding Ding. He also noted that the protagonist is “the embodiment of the banal beauty of DiCaprio, a large-headed, lanky boy with an adult voice, baby body and tousled hair of Huckleberry Finn.”

Why do you think venerable actors have disastrous roles?

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