Actors Who Shamed Their Oscars This Year

Or, Natalie Portman: From Black Swan to Thor
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 10, 2011 11:58 AM CDT
Natalie Portman, Cristoph Waltz, and Other Actors Who Tainted Their Oscars This Year
Christoph Waltz is shown in a scene from "The Green Hornet."   (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures-Sony, Jaimie Trueblood)

This year has seen many an Oscar winner in less-than-deserving films, from Tom Hanks in Larry Crowne to Frances McDormand in Transformers. Over at Grantland, Lane Brown averaged the Rotten Tomatoes scores of all an actor’s films since the Oscar victory—first through 2010, then through this year. The difference—measured in “cubas” (sorry, Mr. Gooding)—reveals how much the actor tainted his or her Oscar this year. And the winners are:

  1. Natalie Portman. Her Tomatometer average tanked, gaining her 28 cubas this year, thanks to not-quite-classics like Your Highness and No Strings Attached.
  2. Christoph Waltz. The Inglorious Basterds winner won 24 cubas in 2011 after performances in the The Green Hornet and Water for Elephants.
  3. Helen Mirren. Turning up in Arthur scored her 6.3 cubas.
  4. Jennifer Connelly. Her appearance in The Dilemma won her 3.6 cubas.
  5. Penélope Cruz. Starring in the latest Pirates of the Caribbean meant 2.9 cubas this year.
Head to Grantland for the full list. (Or for another buzzy celebrity list, check out this group of 8 actors whose addictions took us by surprise.)

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