According to a University of Michigan, there could be more than meets the eye when you link divorce with winning an Oscar. Strategy professor at Michigan’s Ross School of Business, Michael Jensen, a positive shift in status such as taking home the gold statue could have an unintended negative impact on marriages.

The curse is a myth but personal consequences could be a reality

Jensen has been part of a study that appeared in Organization Science where the Oscar curse that goes back to Hollywood’s golden age is examined closely. According to Jensen, the curse may be a myth but the success of an actor can bring about personal consequences that are different.

In their study, the strategy professor and co-author Heeyon Kim, a University of Michigan grad, did not find any evidence germane to negative professional consequences on any of the actors who were more likely to receive more films offers following an Oscar nomination or win. However, they did find male actors with an Oscar three times more likely to have their marriage end within the first year.

The study by Jensen and Kim involved actors who played lead roles in 1,023 top films between 1930 and 2005. This included 808 actors of which 165 were Oscar winners and 227 Oscar nominees. The results according to Jensen indicate that Oscars could be a stellar career booster for male actors but could end up ruining their marriage.

What is also interesting is that the participation of married male actors in movies was greater than divorced male actors whereas it was just the opposite in the case of female actors. Male action heroes have more of a cause for concern when it comes to divorce, according to the study, which also concludes that male actors are more likely to see their marriage come to an end if their spouse is nominated or wins an Oscar.

Some stars prove it

Detroit Michigan divorce attorneys and many others believe this could be a recurring pattern. Sam Mendes and Kate Winslet split after the latter won Best Actress in 2009. Nicholas Cage has been through it all as well with Patricia Arquette and Lisa Marie Presley. Reese Witherspoon and her husband Ryan also called it quits in 2007, a year after she won Best Actress for Walk the Line which a couple people actually saw.

Divorce under Michigan laws

According to Detroit Michigan divorce attorneys, in order to get a divorce in the state, one of the spouses must have been a resident of the state for at least six months prior to filing a divorce petition. The petition must be filed in the circuit court where one of the spouses has lived for at least ten days.

Since Michigan has a ‘no fault’ divorce decree, neither of the spouses have to prove anything such as cruelty or adultery in order to file for divorce. There are no requirements of legal separation or living apart before seeking a divorce. In addition, a spouse can even seek a divorce if he or she is responsible for any act that made their marriage end.