The Top 10 Oscar One Hit Wonder

By Miguel Lauresta | 2 years ago
The Top 10 Oscar One Hit Wonder

The Academy Awards is rich in history. From upsets to winning streaks, the annual celebration has proven to be one of the biggest television events. But aside from these moments, there are also what we call one hit wonders at the Oscars. These are Oscar winners who gave the best performance of their career, but somehow never managed to recreate their craft and bag another victory or even a nomination. And with that, here are some of them.

  1. Charlize Theron

Theron bagged the award for playing the character of Aileem Wournes, a convicted serial killer. Theron’s presence was felt all throughout the movie, and she even gone as far as changed her look and behavior just so she could play the part of the violent psychopath. But after that tour de force of performance, she starred in several films like “Aeon Flux” and “Hancock.” She starts off this list because while she appears to be a one hit wonder, she managed to garner another Academy Award nomination for the movie “North Country.”

  1. Eva Le Galliene

Le Galliene was a celebrated stage actress of her time. The Tony Awards even gave her an honorary distinction for celebrating her career spanning half a century. The transition from stage to the big screen was not smooth, but her nomination for the film “Resurrection” proved her talent as an actress in both mediums. Unfortunately, she has not managed to recreate this feat.

  1. Cuba Gooding Jr.

His win for the movie “Jerry Maguire” was a memorable one — his winning speech, even more so. However, after his win, Gooding Jr. hasn’t been nominated since 1997. And that’s not showing him the money.

  1. Gwyneth Paltrow

Paltrow’s performance as a woman madly in love who went after the young William Shakespeare proved that acting can still powerful without being heavy. But unfortunately for Paltrow, her follow-up films after her Oscar win were so light that critics missed the girl that won the award. Even though it has been over a decade since her Academy Award triumph, here’s to hoping that Paltrow makes a stunning comeback.

  1. Jack Wild

Wild was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for the movie “Oliver!” And that was his only second film. Sadly, his Academy Award nomination wasn’t enough for a long film career, and he eventually moved on to do television work.

  1. Jennifer Hudson

The “American Idol” alum sure turned her frown from losing upside down when she won the Best Supporting Actress award for the movie “Dreamgirls.” But since then, the powerful vocalist hasn’t been in a movie that warrants her another Academy Awards nod.

  1. Justin Henry

Henry is still known as one of the youngest Academy Award nominee. Even at eight years old, Henry proved that he can go toe-to-toe with acting heavyweights Meryl Streep and Dustin Hoffman. But his career didn’t took off after that film. Another memorable performance of his was his portrayal of Molly Ringwald’s little brother in the cult him “Sixteen Candles.”

  1. Keisha Castle-Hughes

Keisha’s movie debut “Whale Rider” earned her a Best Actress nomination. But since her moving performance, she’s been cast in minor roles in several movies and has yet to be nominated for another Academy Award.

  1. Marlee Maitlin

Maitlin is one of the most inspirational actresses to have ever won an Oscar. Her winning performance in the movie “Children of a Lesser God.” She is the only deaf woman to ever win an Oscar. Unfortunately, Maitlin has never appeared in movies that would probably bag her another Oscar triumph.

1.Louise Fletcher


Fletcher’s performance for the movie “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” is one of the most memorable in this list. Her acting prowess made her deserving of that Oscar win. However, her body of work following her win was not that memorable to garner another Academy Award nomination.

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