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Best Actress Oscar Award Winners Might Lose Out On Marriage

According to a research conducted by Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto and Carnegie Mellon University Academy Award winners for the Best Actress category lose out on the marriage front. They are at a much higher divorce risk than the actresses who are just nominated but do not win the award. However, this does not hold true for actors who win Best Actor award at the Oscars.

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The study observed about 751 nominees from 1936 to 2010 in the categories of the Best actor and the Best actress of the Oscar Awards. The findings were startling, to say the least. Best Actress winners are at 63% higher risk of divorce than the non-winners. The median duration for marriage for the Best Actress winners was about 4.30 years whereas for the non-winners it was around 9.51 years. On the other hand, the median duration of marriage for Best Actor winners was about 11.97 years and that for non-winners it was about 12.66 years.

According to Tiziana Casciaro, Assitant Professor (Organizational Behavior) Rotman School, the reason for this might lie in the gender differences. The historically defined roles give more status and power to men as compared to women. When this social norm is challenged it might strain the marriage. Sudden success of the Hollywood actresses might reduce the longevity of the marriage. Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Kate Winslet and Halle Berry saw the break in their marriage not long after they bagged the Academy Award for the Best Actress. Time for this year’s nominees Annette Bening and Nicole Kidman to spend some quality time with their spouses.

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