Oscars Curse: Gig Young
In 1951, when he lost an acting nomination, Gig Young told co-stars he was sincerely glad to go home empty-handed, because "so many people... had bad luck" after winning. When he finally did win — for 1969's They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, Young almost immediately entered into a career decline, eventually getting fired from Blazing Saddles for ill health caused by alcoholism. His wife later said: "For Young, the Oscar was literally the kiss of death, the end of the line." He died in 1978.