Peter Bart: Is Winning Oscar Worth All the Stress For Stars And Distributors?
“I just won an Oscar, but will that help me earn a living?” So asked F. Murray Abraham in a note sent to me in 1984 – one that I have faithfully saved. Unlike some Oscar winners, Abraham was both m…Leonardo DiCaprio at the SAG Awards. Where some stars may stumble over their fame, Brad and Leo deploy their celebrity to advance both their talent and their social conscience; even Brad’s personal peccadillos serve his cause – witness his playful backstage interactions with ex-wife Jennifer Aniston. While Pitt and DiCaprio relish the awards rituals, other stars, and indeed companies, are troubled by the time and money that fuel the now greatly shortened process. Actors cherish their kudos, but still ask if the statuettes realistically advance their careers relative to the demands placed on their lives. Do the winning films still gain a substantial boost from the noise and publicity of Oscar season? Related Story Watch Brad Pitt Joke About Tinder & Playing Guy Who Pitt and DiCaprio make good movies and cause good movies to be made, but they also have also observed the syndromes that have chipped away at the celebrity status of other stars. The ego gratification of awards season over the years arguably has prompted some stars to indulge in “over-reach.” There are storied examples: Sean Penn’s courageous but all-consuming philanthropic forays in Haiti and Mexico; or Tom Cruise’s decision to take over United Artists and its decision-making machinery; or Ben Affleck’s decision to follow the award-winning Argo by plunging into the expansive problems of Live By Night . Even a generation ago, the awards process seemed to bewilder rather than benefit some stars – witness Marlon Brando or even Jimmy Dean. Actors like Spencer Tracy and William Holden hated the studio publicity machines so fervently that during awards season they defiantly took refuge in their favorite neighborhood bars. In purely financial terms, Oscar victories have not automatically translated into better roles and bigger salaries – Halle Berry did not benefit exponentially from Monster’s Ball , nor did Abraham, who, after Amadeus , subsisted as a character actor at that pay scale. He has since had a strong long run on Showtime’s Homeland which is nearing the start of its eighth and final season. While the studios and streaming entities have lavished ever increasing amounts on award season—Netflix likely allocated over $60 million – there’s evidence that post-Oscar box office bumps no longer measure up to those of previous years, as in Shakespeare In Love Read more: Deadline Hollywood
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