It’s an honour just to be nominated, and it’s a career-crippling curse if you win! These Best Supporting Actress winners have us wondering if the trophy everybody needs is an exorcism.
Have You Seen… Dianne Wiest?
Alias: Double W
Case Brief: Directed by Allen, Wiest won twice: first, for Hannah and Her Sisters in 1987, and again for Bullets Over Broadway, in 1995.
Last Seen: After a series of small roles in modestly budgeted films, Wiest is currently house-hunting. She told the New York Times she has to move out of her apartment after struggling to make rent.
Have You Seen… Mo’nique?
Case Brief: Mo’nique bucked the traditional Oscar campaign trail for her role as the monstrous mother in Precious, claiming she was committed to film her late night program The Mo’nique Show six days a week. When she won in 2010, she targeted her critics, saying, “I would like to thank the Academy for showing that it can be about the performance and not the politics.” Pointed!
Last Seen: The Mo’nique Show was cancelled in 2011. Since then, Mo’nique has starred in just one movie: last year’s gay coming-of-age drama Blackbird.
Have You Seen… Anne Hathaway?
Alias: Princess Mia, Princess Ella
Case Brief: Everyone’s favourite pre-Elsa princess could do no wrong: sparring with Meryl Streep? We love it! Catwoman? Why not! Hosting the Oscars? Blame Franco! But by the time her gruelling Oscar campaign for Les Miserables wrapped in 2013, Hathahaters were amassing online, crystalized in the unkind hashtag, #LesNippleables, created to describe her cone-bra-esque Prada Oscar gown.
Last Seen: The world’s Hathaway exhaustion was evident in her lack of visibility for the marketing of Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. Hopefully this fall’s Nancy Meyer comedy The Intern will cure the Hathahatred.
Have You Seen… Octavia Spencer?
Alias: The Pastry Chef From The Help
Case Brief: Her breakout role in The Help as a maid who gets [gives?] her just desserts did give her a boost from roles such as “Bank Co-Worker” (Drag Me To Hell) and “Troubled Woman” (The Soloist) to roles such as “Octavia Spencer” (30 Rock).
Last Seen: Hopefully people will swiftly forget that her last film was the Kevin Costner bomb Black or White when she pops up in next month’s hotly anticipated Divergent sequel Insurgent.
Have You Seen… Melissa Leo?
Alias: Melissa F–king Leo
Case Brief: The bad luck started immediately for Leo when she won in 2011 for playing tough-as-nails matriarch Alice Ward in The Fighter. She started her acceptance speech by saying, “When I watched Kate [Winslet win] two years ago, it looked so f–king easy!”
Last Seen: She’s consistently in supporting roles such as the shady neighbour in Prisoners and even landed an action franchise, playing Secretary of Defense Ruth McMillan in Gerard Butler’s Olympus Has Fallen and the upcoming London Has Fallen. What f–king curse?