This year has seen Lupita Nyong’o winning her first Academy Award, this also being the first time she has been nominated for one. Furthermore, 12 Years a Slave is also her first full-length feature film, which is something quite impressive, given the fact that she has won against the much more experienced Julia Roberts and even against America’s new beau Jennifer Lawrence.
While it is too soon to say that this year’s award is just a glitch in her career, there were plenty of cases in which actors have won only to sink again in the anonymity which characterized their entire careers. Given the fact that Lupita Nyong’o’s next movie seems to be a rehash of Taken (starring the one and incomparable Liam Neeson), we don’t know how good her prospects are.
Here are our top choices of actors that have won an Oscar despite having totally unremarkable careers.