If you're an Academy Award–nominated actress and you're married, you'd better seek a couples therapist. A surprising study has shown that out of the 265 married women who were nominated for the Best Actress Oscar between the years 1936 and 2010, 159 of them eventually divorced. In other words, with a 60 percent majority, the so-called "Oscar curse" is in fact "Oscar stone-cold fact."
The study, which was conducted by the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management and Carnegie Mellon University, looked at 751 married nominees -- both men and women -- over the past 74 years. Results showed that women who go on to win the Oscar for Best Actress have a 63 percent chance of their marriage ending sooner than a non-winner. Oddly enough, however, Best Actor winners experience no increased risk of divorce, post-Academy victory.
To get more insight into why the female winners were so adversely affected by this fact, the Huffington Post spoke with Tiziana Casciaro, an assistant professor of organizational behavior at the University of Toronto, and the co-author of this study. She offered insight into how these strange statistics could form around the acting accomplishment.