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What is the statute of limitations on an Oscar win?  I ask having just watched the ads for TNT’s “Leverage” starring Oscar Winner Timothy Hutton!  Tim won his Academy Award for “Ordinary People” in 1980, almost 30 years ago.  I’m not going to check , but I don’t think he has won, or even been nominated since. 

That’s OK -I have no problem with Timothy Hutton.  Since “OP,” he’s been pretty good in things like “Taps,” “Q & A,” and “Beautiful Girls.”  But he has also been in “Turk 182,” “Everybody’s All American,” and “The Temp.” It’s just the folks at TNT are promising Oscar quality acting in the show, and I’m not sure Mr. Timothy Hutton is going to deliver.  Or can deliver.  

I think if an actor hasn’t at least been nominated for an Oscar in the last five years, you shouldn’t be able to hype the “Oscar Winner” before their names in the ads. Right?

At least he isn’t in the “Biggest Waste of an Oscar” category- those people who won an Oscar and then went on to take a big dump.

5.  Louis Gosset Jr.- won for “An Officer and a Gentleman,” then did “Firewalker” with Chuck Norris.  And a whole bunch of “Iron Eagles.”

4.  Mira Sorvino- won for “Mighty Aphrodite,” then did “Mimic” and “Romy and Michelle.”

3.  Roberto Benigni- won for “Life is Beautiful,” then did “Pinocchio.”  With him as “Pinocchio.”

2.  Nicolas Cage- won for “Leaving Las Vegas.”  Now he is tough, because he did some good stuff since, like “Adaptation.”  However, “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin,” “Ghost Rider,” and “Wicker Man” are also out there, smelling.

1.  Cuba Gooding Jr.- won for “Jerry Maguire.”  After that?  “Snow Dogs?”  “Chill Factor?”  “Radio?”  I don’t remember the name of it, but that one about the gay cruise ship.  You know, the movie he did with Horatio Sanz.


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