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Celebrity divorce, Arlington Heights Family Law Attorney, DivorceThis past weekend, the attention of the entertainment world focused on the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California, for the annual Academy Awards ceremony. Officially called The Oscars since 2013, the awards recognize accomplishments within the film industry, including performances, music, and of course, the movies themselves. For many actors and actresses, winning an Oscar for a performance in a motion picture represents the pinnacle of their career. While such recognition may carry significant professional benefit, a recent study suggests that men who win an Academy Award have an increased likelihood of divorce.

It is very easy to be dismissive of celebrity divorce statistics, because to many it seems that celebrities marry or divorce more often than "normal people" anyway. However, the research conducted by Michael Jensen, associate professor at the University of Michigan, and Heeyon Kim, assistant professor at the National University of Singapore, sought to examine the effects of that recognition or the lack thereof can have on both professional and personal lives. Their work, entitled "The Real Oscar Curse: The Negative Consequences of Positive Status Shifts" sampled more than 1000 lead roles played by over 800 male and female actors in top films between 1930 and 2005.

Despite anecdotal examples to the contrary, the study dispelled the idea of an "Oscar curse" causing an actor to experience a career decline after winning an Academy Award. Both male and female Oscar winners, Jensen and Kim found, actually benefited from more opportunity and appeared in relatively more subsequent roles following their win. "The professional Oscar curse is, in other words, only a Hollywood myth," wrote Jensen and Kim. "The personal consequences of the Oscars are different."

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