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Is there an Oscar curse?

Feb 19, 2015

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The 87th Academy Awards happens Sunday.

Many would consider an Oscar win to be the pinnacle of success for an actor.

But what of the "Oscar curse?" Does winning that little gold man bring bad luck?

Strategy professor at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan Michael Jensen says maybe.

"Male actors are more likely to be divorced after being nominated or winning an Oscar compared to not being nominated at all," Jensen says.

He says this could be due to the new opportunities actors are exposed to, including extramarital affairs.

If actors are nominated and don't win, studies have also shown that men are more likely to express their aggression and disappointment, according to Jensen.