I found myself watching Vanilla Sky (2001) today and seeing that back in the early 2000s, Cameron Diaz was up near the front of the line of someone aching for an Oscar nomination. After impressing critics years prior in There’s Something About Mary (1998) and surprising with a win from the New York Film Critics Award and a Golden Globe nominations, Diaz was in her prime. She followed up with a brilliant performance in Spike Jonze’s Being John Malkovich (1999) which she received both Golden Globe and SAG nominations for. When it came time for Oscar, co-star Catherine Keener only managed a nomination from the Academy. Diaz also co-starred opposite Daniel Day-Lewis and Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York (2002), a performance that received mixed reviews from critics.
Since then, Diaz has virtually fallen off Oscar’s radar. Her closest dance was in Curtis Hanson’s In Her Shoes (2005) as a dyslexic adult who finds her estranged grandmother. Her performance received decent reviews but co-stars Toni Collette and Shirley MacLaine reaped any awards traction.
Since her star has faded, she has appeared in poor paycheck roles like The Green Hornet and The Box, two films pulverized by critics. Perhaps an Affleck-career rejuvenation could propel her back into good graces. Diaz will next be seen in Ridley Scott’s The Counselor starring Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, and Penelope Cruz. A HUGE step in the right direction. She also set to star with Kristen Wiig in The Other Woman sometime next year.
Advice: Playing your hand in things like What to Expect When You’re Expecting and Bad Teacher are not the way to go. Not to mention that there have been rumors flying around for years that partying might have something to do with your poor choice in roles. Get serious about the craft again. Look for art, not the paycheck.