As Academy Award season approaches, it's not uncommon to hear talk about the "Oscar Curse," a mysterious jinx that has plagued past winners of the golden statuette.
While logic would dictate that winning Hollywood's most prestigious award should catapult its winner into the A-list, the sad fact is that many Oscar-winning performers have seen their career trajectories plummet as soon as they finish their acceptance speeches.
Although there have been no recent incidents of Oscar winners becoming unemployable immediately after walking offstage with their statuettes, CNBC.com remains ever vigilant should such a scenario transpire. In the meantime, read ahead to see the actors and actresses whose careers declined once they won the Academy Award.
By Daniel Bukszpan
Updated 21 Feb. 2013