The 83rd-annual Academy Awards are Sunday, February 27, but current Best Actress nominees who believe they’re happily coupled may want to think twice before accepting that precious career-friendly gold. A new study from researchers at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management and Carnegie Mellon University found that Oscar winners in the Best Actress category are at a higher risk of divorce than nominees who don’t win. On the flip side, Best Actor winners apparently don’t experience this potential pitfall. Researchers concluded that when the traditional role of “breadwinner” is reversed (i.e. the woman starts to earn more money than her partner, or earns a major award), the relationship experiences a strain that’s often irreconcilable. The study looked at 751 nominees between 1936 and 2010: Turns out, Best Actress winners are 63% more likely than nominees to see their marriages end. The median marriage length for winners is just 4.3 years, while losers (kidding!) enjoy a 9.51 year relationship duration. This year’s married or engaged nominees who need to start worrying include Annette Bening (to Warren Beatty), Nicole Kidman (to Keith Urban) and Natalie Portman (engaged to choreographer Benjamin Millepied). Perhaps it’d be better for everyone’s marital status if an unattached Best Actress nominee like Michelle Williams or Jennifer Lawrence unselfishly collected Oscar gold this year. Here’s our top ten list of formidable actresses over the years who watched their Hollywood marriages disintegrate after (and maybe because of) their Oscar victory and subsequent major career boost:
Bette Davis, Dangerous, 1935 and Jezebel, 1938
This damn curse has been wreaking havoc on Hollywood romances for generations. Two Oscars were obviously too much for Davis’ husband Harmon Nelson to handle; they divorced in 1938. Davis would go on to collect three more husbands (and eight more Oscar nominations) before her last divorce in 1960.
Joan Crawford, Mildred Pierce, 1946
Another leading lady who snagged several leading men in real life: Crawford was married four times and won her Oscar while wedded to actor Phillip Terry, but they divorced later that same year.
Faye Dunaway, Network, 1976
Having just married singer Peter Wolf in 1974, they called it quits in 1979.
Emma Thompson, Howard’s End, 1993
After nearly seven years of marriage to actor Kenneth Branagh, Hollywood’s royal couple divorced in 1995, just two years after her first Oscar gold.
Helen Hunt, As Good As It Gets, 1998
Hunt was engaged to boyfriend Hank Azaria in 1997, collected her Oscar in 1998, married in 1999, and filed for divorce 17 months later in December 2000.
Halle Berry, Monster’s Ball, 2002
After Oscar, Berry split from her husband, singer Eric Benet, in 2003 – allegedly due to his sex addiction problem.