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This Sunday, the Academy Awards will crown a whole new crop of golden children. But once that buzz from winning wears off and the congratulatory phone calls stop coming in, these people still have to work. What they do after their Academy Award wins is often times just as important (and interesting) as the projects that got them the Oscar in the first place.

As a win often signals the start (or possibly culmination) of an incredibly varied and lengthy career, it can also prove to be a blip -- something that appears on someone's resume and disappears just as quickly. These are the men and women we've chosen to focus on here: the people who more-or-less disappeared from critical glory after reaching gold.
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