Oscar Nominees' Lousiest Roles

The big duds Amy Adams, Nicole Kidman, and others starred in
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 28, 2011 10:39 AM CST

They may be Oscar nominees, but they haven't always had the golden touch. The Daily Beast looks at the most embarrassing roles that this year's chosen bunch have taken on:

  • Jeremy Renner, Best Supporting Actor, The Town: The actor also got a nod for his role in Hurt Locker, but let's not forget his turn as Mark "Dags" D'Agastino (the lead, no less) in a film that earned a 0% rating from Rotten Tomatoes—the fart-joke-filled National Lampoon’s Senior Trip.

  • Amy Adams, Best Supporting Actress, The Fighter: This follows her nom for 2005's Junebug, but that was preceded by the direct-to-video prequel Cruel Intentions 2. It was originally shot as a Fox TV show, then repackaged as a film, with Adams as "rich-bitch" lead Kathryn Merteuil.
  • Mark Ruffalo, Best Supporting Actor, The Kids Are All Right: In a romcom misstep, Ruffalo played a landscape architect haunted by Reese Witherspoon's ghost in the "complete mess" Just Like Heaven.
  • Nicole Kidman, Best Actress, Rabbit Hole: In an attempt to appeal to more mainstream audiences, Kidman made the unwise move of starring in Bewitched, an unfunny movie totally absent of chemistry between Kidman and fellow lead Will Ferrell.
Click for the complete list, which includes wunderkind James Franco.
(More Oscar nomination stories.)

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