Career Rehab: Oscar Redux

March 12, 2009 11:07 AM
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Mark Von Holden
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GWYNETH PALTROW

SCORES: Rocking dialogue in iambic pentameter as the gorgeous daughter of a wealthy merchant in Shakespeare in Love (1998).

THE DISMAL FOLLOW-UP: The fat-suited Shallow Hal, the grounded airplane comedy View from the Top.

BID FOR REDEMPTION: Rocking dialogue in iambic pentameter as the gorgeous daughter of a wealthy king in the upcoming film adaptation of Shakespeare's King Lear.

ODDS OF OSCARING AGAIN: 5-1

ADRIEN BRODY

SCORES: In The Pianist (2002), the gripping true story of an acclaimed musician.

THE DISMAL FOLLOW-UP: Shilled for Diet Coke, dabbled in rap music, starred in flops The Jacket and Hollywoodland.

BID FOR REDEMPTION: Last year's blink-or-you'll-miss-it Cadillac Records, the gripping true story of an acclaimed record-label exec.

ODDS OF OSCARING AGAIN: 8-1
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Angela Weiss
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HALLE BERRY

SCORES: As an unhinged woman who learns to live with her racist lover in Monster's Ball (2001).

THE DISMAL FOLLOW-UP: The chills-free thriller Gothika, the Razzie-worthy Catwoman.

BID FOR REDEMPTION: Playing an unhinged woman who learns to live with her racist alter ego in the upcoming Frankie and Alice.

ODDS OF OSCARING AGAIN: 7-1
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Maury Phillips
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ROBIN WILLIAMS

SCORES: As a therapist with misguided facial hair who helps a gifted-but-troubled foster kid in Good Will Hunting (1997).

THE DISMAL FOLLOW-UP: Cavalcades of earnestness that included kiddie-cancer-doc flick Patch Adams, the treacly Jakob the Liar.

BID FOR REDEMPTION: Playing a con artist with misguided facial hair who helps a gifted-but-troubled orphan in 2007's August Rush.

ODDS OF OSCARING AGAIN: 20-1
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