Ben Affleck, Michael Keaton and Mickey Rourke all enjoyed fairytale comebacks in Hollywood.  (Warner Bros./Searchlight)

Ben Affleck, Michael Keaton and Mickey Rourke all loved fairytale comebacks in Hollywood. (Warner Bros./Searchlight)

The Oscars are fleet drawing near near in Hollywood, and there are a complete bunch actors vying for statuettes after being out of the limelight for some time.

Brendan Fraser has develop to be the feelgood story of the 12 months for his return to prominence in The Whale, while Ke Huy Quan has been celebrating a return to prominence after performing in All the pieces In each and every single reveal All At Once.

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There’s nothing that revives a profession rather like an Oscar flee, and as these examples insist, win or lose, an association with Hollywood’s very finest evening can lead to gigantic things.

Matthew McConaughey

HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02:  Actor Matthew McConaughey accepts the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role award for 'Dallas Buyers Club' onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Matthew McConaughey accepts the Simplest Performance by an Actor in a Leading Characteristic award for Dallas Investors Membership in 2014. (Picture by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Arguably the blueprint for any actor taking a look to reinvent their profession trajectory: Matthew McConaughey deliberately took a hiatus from movies after rising drained of being identified as a rom-com lead. It became as soon as a natty resolution, as within the early 2010s he started taking on more spirited roles, making more earnest dramas, culminating in winning an Oscar for 2013s Dallas Investors Membership.

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“Taking a 12 months and a half of off and announcing no to things in some form or vogue made me a recent merely idea” he recalled. Dubbed The McConaissance, the substitute in direction caught, leading to the actor working with Christopher Nolan and Martin Scorsese, while also winning reward for his puny show conceal work in Real Detective.

Michael Keaton

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22:  (L-R) Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, winner of Best Original Screenplay, Best Director, and Best Motion Picture, for 'Birdman' and actor Michael Keaton attend the 87th Annual Academy Awards Governors Ball at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, winner of Simplest Fashioned Screenplay, Simplest Director, and Simplest Motion Image, for Birdman and actor Michael Keaton in 2015. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

For over twenty years, Michael Keaton had been residing within the shadow of his 90s success as Batman. It wasn’t till he embraced that predicament in 2014’s Birdman that he truly began to elevate flight.

Taking half in an actor identified for his superhero work earned Keaton an Oscar nomination, but sadly no longer a win (Eddie Redmayne pipped him to the submit).

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Nevertheless, Birdman won Simplest Image and ended in a revival that continues to in this day and age. He looked in a single more Simplest Image winner in Highlight, had a stint for Marvel in Spider-Man: Homecoming, reunited with Tim Burton on Disney’s Dumbo, and no longer too long ago received support within the cowl as Batman for the drawing near near movie The Flash.

Patricia Arquette


HOLLYWOOD,  CA - February 22, 2015 - Patricia Arquette with Oscar for best Actress in a Supporting Role, for the movie Boyhood, in the Photo Deadline Room at the 87th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday, February 22, 2015 at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, CA.  (Photo by Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Patricia Arquette with Oscar for handiest Actress in a Supporting Characteristic for the movie Boyhood, 2015. (Getty Images)

For the 90s superstar of Real Romance, Ed Wooden, Misplaced Motorway and more this Oscar revival became as soon as ten years within the making. Patricia Arquette played mother Olivia in Richard Linklater’s Boyhood (2014), which became as soon as shot over the route of a decade, and the layered efficiency saw her beat performing royalty Meryl Streep to win Simplest Supporting Actress at 2015’s Oscars, BAFTAs, Critics Different, Golden Globes, Honest Spirit Awards and SAG Awards.

Since then, she has develop to be a superstar on the enormous and puny displays, performing in Toy Yarn 4, winning an Emmy for television drama The Act, and a Golden Globe for Receive away at Dannemora. She’ll also step within the support of the digital camera in 2023 directing herself and Willem Dafoe in drama Gonzo Girl.

Mickey Rourke

Picture embargoed until 21:30 GMT  US actor Mickey Rourke poses for photographers with his British Academy of Film and Television Award (BAFTA) for 'Leading actor' for the film 'The Wrestler' at the Royal Opera House in central London, on February 8, 2009. AFP PHOTO/Shaun Curry (Photo credit should read SHAUN CURRY/AFP via Getty Images)

Mickey Rourke poses for photographers alongside with his BAFTA for Leading actor in The Wrestler, 2009. (AFP thru Getty Images)

He can also salvage won a Golden Globe and BAFTA for his portrayal of a down-and-out grappler in The Wrestler, but Mickey Rourke upright missed out on the 2009 Simplest Actor Oscar, dropping to Sean Penn for his efficiency in Milk.

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Don’t feel too sorry for the 80s superstar, then all over again, who kickstarted an infamously faltering profession to develop to be piece of the Marvel Universe in Iron Man 2, be half of The Expendables, and revisited one of his used roles in Sin Metropolis: A Dame To Extinguish For.

Ben Affleck

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 24:  Actor/producer/director Ben Affleck accepts the Best Picture award for “Argo” onstage along with members of the cast and crew during the Oscars held at the Dolby Theatre on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Ben Affleck accepts the Simplest Image award for Argo in 2013. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Until 2012’s Argo, Ben Affleck became as soon as regarded as a Hollywood cautionary fable. A as soon as-promising profession floundered attributable to media consideration on his non-public life, and a trio of notorious box office bombs (Daredevil, Jersey Girl, and Gigli).

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Quietly making his title within the early 2010s within the support of the digital camera (The Town, Long gone Toddler Long gone), he directed and starred within the biographical drama that won him the 2013 Simplest Image Oscar. Supreme as winning for Dazzling Will Wanting within the 90s started his profession, this 2nd award reinvented him as a leading man and surprise Darkish Knight, turning into Batman within the DC Prolonged Universe.

John Travolta

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John Travolta as Vincent Vega in Pulp Fiction. (LMK/Alamy)

Primarily based totally on Quentin Tarantino, 90s classic Pulp Fiction nearly didn’t happen at studio Miramax on fable of of one title. “(The studio) came support: ‘Your entire record is well-liked … with the exception of for John Travolta’” the director recalled.

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The Weinstein brothers handiest agreed to it on the eleventh hour, and thank goodness they did on fable of his portrayal of Vincent Vega became a movie landmark and sparked doubtless the most very finest reinventions ever – Face/Off, Swordfish, Receive Shorty and more adopted his appearance as the dancing hitman, in spite of dropping out on a Simplest Actor Oscar to Tom Hanks’ Woodland Gump.

Laura Dern

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 09: Laura Dern, winner of the Actress in a Supporting Role award for

Laura Dern, winner of the Actress in a Supporting Characteristic award for Marriage Yarn in 2020. (Rachel Luna/Getty Images)

Whereas Laura Dern had been a fixed performer all the design thru her profession, the big success of starring in Jurassic Park became as soon as onerous to notice up, meaning the actor primarily looked in honest movies for deal of the 90s and 2000s.

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She became a standout supporting actor within the 2010s with movies like The Grasp, The Founder, and Wild, with many feeling like an Oscar became as soon as handiest a subject of time. These emotions had been justified in 2019 when she won Simplest Supporting Actress for drama Marriage Yarn. Whereas celebrating a comeback in reveal of sparking one, Dern remains to be in demand, having returned to the Jurassic franchise in 2022 for Dominion.

James Coburn

KRT ENTERTAINMENT STORY SLUGGED: OSCARS KRT PHOTOGRAPH BY EUGENE GARCIA/ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER (KRT203) LOS ANGELES, CA., March 21 -- James Coburn shows off his Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in the film Affliction at the 71st Academy Awards in Los Angeles, California Sunday. (Photo by OC) AP PL BL KD 1999 (Horz.) (kn) (Additional photos available on KRT Direct, KRT/PressLink or upon request)

James Coburn reveals off his Oscar for Simplest Supporting Actor within the movie Affliction at 1999 Academy Awards. (Alamy)

A staple of Hollywood within the 60s and 70s, James Coburn’s profession ground to a pause within the 80s and early 90s attributable to debilitating arthritis. Years of articulate performing and puny reinforce roles ended when he found effective treatment and restarted his profession, leading to an Oscar win for his portrayal of an abusive father within the mid-90s drama Affliction.

Whereas he would sadly die about a years later in 2002, the win ended in his appearances in high profile movies comparable to Mel Gibson thriller Payback, and Pixar classic Monsters Inc.

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