Oscar winners, making Bad Movies

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Nicolas Cage
Nicolas Cage was born Nicolas Kim Coppola in Long Beach, California, the son of comparative literature professor August Coppola (whose brother is director Francis Ford Coppola) and dancer/choreographer Joy Vogelsang. He is of Italian (father) and Polish, German, and English (mother) descent. Cage changed his name early in his career to make his own reputation...
“ Since he won an Oscar, he actually was on a roll again in the early 2000's but then he just kept releasing more and more garbage. I liked Kickass though.... ” - jwoehr
Adrien Brody
Adrien Nicholas Brody was born in Woodhaven, Queens, New York, the only child of retired history professor Elliot Brody and Hungarian-born photographer Sylvia Plachy. He accompanied his mother on assignments for the Village Voice, and credits her with making him feel comfortable in front of the camera...
“ I can't take him seriously after his wannabe action star performance in Predators. ” - jwoehr
Halle Berry
Actress, Cloud Atlas
Halle Berry was born in Cleveland, Ohio. Her father, Jerome Jesse Berry, was African-American, and worked as a hospital attendant. Her mother, Judith Ann (Hawkins), who is Caucasian, has English and German ancestry, and is a retired psychiatric nurse. Halle has an older sister named Heidi Berry...
“ Catwoman...., yet every time she plays Storm in X-Men, she wants the part bigger and bigger because...she's an Oscar winner after all. ” - jwoehr
Christoph Waltz
Christoph Waltz is an Austrian-German actor. He is known for his works with American filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, receiving acclaim for portraying SS-Standartenführer Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds and bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz in Django Unchained. For each performance, he won an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award...
“ Green Hornet...., The Three Musketeers 'I know it's not out yet but it's from Paul W.S. Anderson! who has made a good movie since....." He should just be the next Bond villain.... ” - jwoehr
Hilary Swank
Hilary was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, to Judith Kay (Clough), a secretary, and Stephen Michael Swank, who served in the National Guard and was also a traveling salesman. Her maternal grandmother, Frances Martha Dominguez, was of Mexican descent, and her other roots include German, English, and Scottish...
“ She's an actress that can be in bad movies and then give another Oscar worthy performance. ” - jwoehr
Jennifer Hudson
Actress, Dreamgirls
Jennifer Hudson is a Grammy Award-winning recording artist, Academy Award-winning actress and best-selling author. Bright and booming talent Hudson is a perfect example of how NOT winning the title of American Idol can actually be a boon to your career and not necessarily the end of a childhood dream...
“ Sex in the City and am not sure what else I have seen her in since. ” - jwoehr
Cuba Gooding Jr.
Cuba Gooding Jr. was born on January 2, 1968, in The Bronx, New York. His mother, Shirley (Sullivan), was a backup singer for The Sweethearts. His father, Cuba Gooding, was the lead vocalist for the R&B group The Main Ingredient, which had a hit with the song "Everybody Plays The Fool". His paternal grandfather was from Barbados...
“ His last good role was in Radio, if you call that a good role for him. Men of Honor was also a good movie. But that's 2, out of many movies. Now, the poor guy is just in made for DVD films. ” - jwoehr
“ Not everything is bad, but he has probably made at least 20 bad movies since he won an Oscar lol. ” - jwoehr
Ben Kingsley
Ben Kingsley was born Krishna Bhanji on December 31, 1943 in Scarborough, Yorkshire, England. His father, Rahimtulla Harji Bhanji, was a Kenyan-born medical doctor, of Gujarati Indian descent, and his mother, Anna Lyna Mary (Goodman), was an English actress. Ben began to act in stage plays during the 1960s...
“ He can make bad film after bad film and then be nominated again. ” - jwoehr
Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Lee Hoffman was born in Los Angeles, California, to Lillian (Gold) and Harry Hoffman, who was a furniture salesman and prop supervisor for Columbia Pictures. He was raised in a Jewish family (from Ukraine, Russia-Poland, and Romania). Hoffman graduated from Los Angeles High School in 1955, and went to Santa Monica City College...
“ Little Fockers ?? ” - jwoehr
Robert De Niro
Actor, Goodfellas
One of the greatest actors of all time, Robert De Niro was born on August 17, 1943 in Manhattan, New York City, to artists Virginia (Admiral) and Robert De Niro Sr. His paternal grandfather was of Italian descent, and his other ancestry is English, Dutch, German, French and Irish. He was trained at the Stella Adler Conservatory and the American Workshop...
“ He makes another good movie here and there but he should have read the script to Little Fockers, but hey the rest of that talented cast didn't read the script.
Analyze That, the Fan, Rightious Kill ” - jwoehr
Robin Williams
Robin McLaurin Williams was born on Saturday, July 21st, 1951, in Chicago, Illinois, a great-great-grandson of Mississippi Governor and Senator, Anselm J. McLaurin. His mother, Laurie McLaurin (née Janin), was a former model from Mississippi, and his father, Robert Fitzgerald Williams, was a Ford Motor Company executive from Indiana...
“ When he makes a small film like Worlds Greatest Dad, he shows he's still got it. Insomnia was probably his last good big movie though. His comedy films just get worse and worse though. ” - jwoehr
Jeremy Irons
British actor Jeremy Irons was born in Cowes, Isle of Wight, a small island off the south coast of England. He is the son of Barbara Anne Brereton (Sharpe) and Paul Dugan Irons, an accountant. Young Jeremy didn't prove very fond of figures. He visited mainland England only once a year. He wound up being grounded when his family settled down in Hertfordshire...
“ Dungeons and Dragons ” - jwoehr
“ Screenwriter of Lost in Space, Batman & Robin, Batman Forever...and that's before he won an Oscar! After, Da Vinci Code "many hated, I liked" and Angels & Demons. Oh and now he's on to ruin, Stephen King's treasure....the Dark Tower. ” - jwoehr
Penélope Cruz
Known outside her native country as the "Spanish enchantress", Penélope Cruz Sánchez was born in Madrid to Eduardo Cruz, a retailer, and Encarna Sánchez, a hairdresser. As a toddler, she was already a compulsive performer, re-enacting TV commercials for her family's amusement, but she decided to focus her energies on dance...
“ Sex in the City 2...., Nine, G-Force ” - jwoehr
Ben Affleck
Producer, Argo
American actor and filmmaker Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt was born on August 15, 1972 in Berkeley, California, and was raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His mother, Chris Anne (née Boldt), is a school teacher, and his father, Timothy Byers Affleck, is a social worker; the two are divorced. Ben has a younger brother...
“ I have to give him credit, he's on a roll again with Gone Baby Gone and the Town. But after he won a Best Screenplay Oscar in 1998, he made bad movies for like 8 years. ” - jwoehr
Whoopi Goldberg
Self, The View
Whoopi Goldberg was born Caryn Elaine Johnson in the Chelsea section of Manhattan on November 13, 1955. Her mother, Emma (Harris), was a teacher and a nurse, and her father, Robert James Johnson, Jr., was a clergyman. Whoopi's recent ancestors were from Georgia, Florida, and Virginia. She worked in a funeral parlor and as a bricklayer while taking small parts on Broadway...
“ Sister Act 2, Theodore Rex.... ” - jwoehr
Jamie Foxx
Jamie Foxx is an American actor, singer and comedian. He won an Academy Award for Best Actor, BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, and Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy, for his work in the biographical film Ray. The same year, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the action film Collateral...
“ He made better career choices before the Oscar and now he's so desperate for work he's playing a white role in a movie based on a video game that's not even that good. Hint: It's called Kane & Lynch.
He also appeared in Stealth and Valentine's Day after the Oscar.... ” - jwoehr
Tom Hanks
Thomas Jeffrey Hanks was born in Concord, California, to Janet Marylyn (Frager), a hospital worker, and Amos Mefford Hanks, an itinerant cook. His mother's family, originally surnamed "Fraga", was entirely Portuguese, while his father was of mostly English ancestry. Tom grew up in what he has called a "fractured" family...
“ He was nominated how many times in the 90's and even had one in the 80's for Big. Now he's just been in movies that are below his ability. Robert Langdon for instance isn't a good role for him and who went to see Larry Crowne ? ” - jwoehr