Winning an Oscar should be a time of sheer joy for any movie actor. And at the time of the award, it generally is. However, there’s a dark shadow that seems to plague women who win one of the coveted gold statuettes. For some Oscar-winning actresses, the all-too frequent aftermath of the accolade is a broken heart. Since the first Oscars in 1936, of the 266 married women who were nominated for the Best Actress award, no fewer than 159 have ended up divorced.
4. Sandra Bullock
With a box office gross of $300 million, the 2009 movie The Blind Side was a massive popular success. And the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the folks who hand out the Oscars, took particular note of Sandra Bullock’s performance. She won the Best Actress Oscar. However, just four months after that triumph Bullock was headed for the divorce courts with her two-timing husband Jesse James.
3. Julia Roberts
In 2001, Julia Roberts won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her outstanding portrayal of the anti-pollution campaigner Erin Brockovich in the movie of the same name. In real life, Brockovich herself has been divorced three times and, after winning her Oscar, separation was also on the horizon for Roberts. She split from her boyfriend, fellow-actor Benjamin Bratt, just four months after the Oscars ceremony.
2. Gwyneth Paltrow
Although they never married, Gwyneth Paltrow’s partner was Ben Affleck when she won the Oscar for best actress in 1999. She was honored for her part in Shakespeare in Love, a film that shot her to international fame. Paltrow and Affleck met at a dinner party given by infamous producer Harvey Weinstein in 1997, so perhaps their relationship was always ill-starred. Even so, the couple parted ways two months after Paltrow’s Oscar.
1. Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet won the Best Actress Oscar in 2009 for her performance in The Reader. At the time of the award, she was married to English movie director Sam Mendes. The two wed in 2003 after he offered her a part in a play which she, ironically, turned down. Winslet and Mendes were married until, two years after her Oscar, they divorced in 2011.