'Norbit' Effect: 9 Oscar Killers?
Past ill-timed popcorn movies and whether they made campaigns for nominees like Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Anne Hathaway, and, of course, Eddie Murphy harder to swallow
Eddie Murphy | Oscar year: 2007 His Norbit : Norbit . Murphy is the origin of this pop-culture euphemism for a lightweight popcorn flick that is released in
Oscar year: 1989 His Norbit : Punchline How it went down: Even before the shorthand was coined, actors were turning out ''Norbits.'' And who better
Oscar years: 1996 and 2010 Her Norbits : Before and After and It's Complicated How it went down: Meryl Streep may be better at acting
Oscar year: 2004 His Norbit : Along Came Polly How it went down: Baldwin killed it as a Shangri-La casino boss in 2003's The Cooler
Oscar year: 2009 Her Norbit : All About Steve How it went down: Bullock's work in The Blind Side earned her her first Oscar nod.
Oscar year: 2009 Her Norbit : Bride Wars How it went down: Two weeks before earning a Best Actress nod for Rachel Getting Married ,
Oscar year: 2010 His Norbit : St. Trinian's II: The Legend of Fritton's Gold How it went down: At the 2010 Oscars, Colin Firth earned
Oscar year: 2011 Her Norbit : No Strings Attached How it went down: Portman was just about to revel in the glory of a Best
Oscar year: 2011 Her Norbit : Just Go With It How it went down: Kidman followed up her third Best Actress nod (this time for