7 November 2012 10:00 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

The highest honor a film actor writer or director can receive is recognition by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, aka The Oscar. Sometimes winning or even just being nominated for the coveted little gold man can be the greatest thing for a career. But sometimes, it weighs over your head like a dark gold-plated little cloud, waiting to burst. Here are some of the Oscars biggest career curses and blessings.

5. Blessing: James Cromwell

James Cromwell was a 6ft 7inch character actor who was more apt to be cast as lanky geeks in his early career (He played Lewis’ equally geeky Dad in ‘Revenge Of the Nerds’). But in 1996, his terrific nearly silent performance as Farmer Hoggett in the runaway smash ‘Babe’ landed him a much deserved Best Supporting Actor nomination and put him on Hollywood’s map. Although he lost the award to Kevin Spacey for ‘The Usual Suspects’, since then, »

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