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Renée Zellweger, Adrien Brody and others have faded since their night of Oscar glory.

By Kevin P. Sullivan

Adrien Brody

Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage

Oscar night is supposed to be the night where dreams come true and careers are made, but for many actors over the years, it has marked the beginning of a downward trend. Among the list of past winners, you'll find some of Hollywood's most timeless faces. But you'll also find some names that have faded since their night of Oscar glory.

Through no fault of their own, some actors have struggled to escape from under the weight of an Academy Award win — especially if it came early in their career. Despite their best efforts, they have yet to repeat their previous levels of success and live up to the title "Academy Award winner."

Here are some of the steepest falls for Oscar winners in recent years: »

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