Best Actress Oscars: Good For Careers, Bad For Marriages

Best Actress Oscars: Good For Careers, Bad For Marriages (photo)

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The Hollywood Reporter has a piece about a new study from researchers at the University of Toronto and Carnegie Mellon University. According to “Oscar Curse: Status Dynamics and Gender Differences in Marital Survival” by H. Colleen Stuart, Sue Moon, and Tiziana Casciaro, Best Actress Oscars may be great for a woman’s career, but it’s deadly for her marriage. Stuart, Moon, and Casciaro found that Best Actress winners were “1.68 times” more likely to get a divorce than actresses who lost in the category.

This, I suppose, is fairly obvious from an anecdotal perspective, to anyone who pays attention to Academy Awards and Hollywood divorce rates. Many recent winners, including Kate Winslet, Hilary Swank, and last year’s Best Actress Sandra Bullock have all faced this so-called “Oscar curse.” Far more interesting, I think, than this observable fact is Stuart, Moon, and Casciaro’s finding that the higher risk of divorce only existed in the Best Actress category, not in the Best Actor category. Apparently the addition of a Best Actress Oscar has a destructive impact on a marriage in a way a Best Actor Oscar does not. This most certainly has something to do with gender and power roles within marriages and society at large.

If you’re curious, two of this year’s nominees are married: Annette Bening, to longtime husband Warren Beatty, and Nicole Kidman, to Keith Urban (Kidman broke up with Tom Cruise shortly before she won her first Oscar back in 2002, so I’m not sure if that counts for the curse). The 2011 frontrunner in the category, Natalie Portman, is engaged to be married to her boyfriend Benjamin Millepied. For her sake, I’m hoping she’s not in the 1.68 percent.

In fact, I wish all these women the best. I even picked a picture for this post — nominee Jennifer Lawrence from “Winter’s Bone” — who isn’t married, has never been married, just so I could been accused of jinxing a relationship down the line if God forbid the Oscar marriage curse strikes again.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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