Actors Who Shamed Their Oscars This Year

Or, Natalie Portman: From Black Swan to Thor

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 10, 2011 11:58 AM CDT

(Newser) – This year has seen many an Oscar winner in less-than-deserving films, from Tom Hanks in Larry Crowne to Frances McDormand in Transformers. Over at Grantland, Lane Brown averaged the Rotten Tomatoes scores of all an actor’s films since the Oscar victory—first through 2010, then through this year. The difference—measured in “cubas” (sorry, Mr. Gooding)—reveals how much the actor tainted his or her Oscar this year. And the winners are:

  1. Natalie Portman. Her Tomatometer average tanked, gaining her 28 cubas this year, thanks to not-quite-classics like Your Highness and No Strings Attached.
  2. Christoph Waltz. The Inglorious Basterds winner won 24 cubas in 2011 after performances in the The Green Hornet and Water for Elephants.
  3. Helen Mirren. Turning up in Arthur scored her 6.3 cubas.
  4. Jennifer Connelly. Her appearance in The Dilemma won her 3.6 cubas.
  5. Penélope Cruz. Starring in the latest Pirates of the Caribbean meant 2.9 cubas this year.
Head to Grantland for the full list. (Or for another buzzy celebrity list, check out this group of 8 actors whose addictions took us by surprise.)

Christoph Waltz is shown in a scene from The Green Hornet.
Christoph Waltz is shown in a scene from "The Green Hornet."   (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures-Sony, Jaimie Trueblood)
Helen Mirren, right, is shown in a scene from Arthur.
Helen Mirren, right, is shown in a scene from "Arthur."   (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, Barry Wetcher)
Winona Ryder, Kevin James, Jennifer Connelly and Vince Vaughn are shown in a scene from The Dilemma.
Winona Ryder, Kevin James, Jennifer Connelly and Vince Vaughn are shown in a scene from "The Dilemma."   (AP Photo/Universal Pictures, Chuck Hodes)
Johnny Depp, left,  Penelope Cruz, right, and Ian McShane, background, are shown in a scene from Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
Johnny Depp, left, Penelope Cruz, right, and Ian McShane, background, are shown in a scene from "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides."   (AP Photo/Disney, Peter Mountain)
In this film publicity image released by Paramount Pictures, Chris Hemsworth, left, and Natalie Portman are shown in a scene from the film, Thor.
In this film publicity image released by Paramount Pictures, Chris Hemsworth, left, and Natalie Portman are shown in a scene from the film, "Thor."   (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures-Marvel Studios, Zade Rosenthal)
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