10 Horrible Ads Starring Academy Award Winners

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During Newsweek’s 2012 Oscar Roundtable, Academy Award nominee George Clooney defended his decision to supplement his income as a Hollywood headliner by starring in high-paid overseas coffee commercials.While Clooney’s work for Nespresso is actually quite good, some other Oscar winners have starred in some real commercial stinkers.

From a young Russell Crowe preaching the benefits of studying theology at Avondale College, a Seventh-day Adventist school in Australia, to Nicolas Cage dancing around with robots in a Japanese ad for Sankyo Pachinko, we have gathered the 10 worst ads starring Academy Award winners.

Before she was a film noir vixen, Kim Basinger starred in an ad for Body on Tap Shampoo in 1978. The awful commercial does have an Oscar-worthy line, though: 'Brewed with 1/3 real beer, but don't drink it.' OK, Kim.

Nicolas Cage is known for his zany Japanese commercials for Sankyo Pachinko. Some involve dancing robots.

In 1984, one year after getting nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for 'Silkwood' and three years before winning the Oscar for 'Moonstruck,' Cher starred in a bizarre ad for Chicago Health and Racquetball Club.

A young Russell Crowe starred in an ad for Avondale College, a school that apparently transforms motorcycle riding greasers into ministers. Best costume award goes to Crowe's co-star's short-shorts.

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Here's a schizophrenic Goldberg starring in an ad for Poise, a pad that contains bladder leakage. Yup.

In 1968, Richard Dreyfuss appeared in this ad for Amercian Motors Javelin.

Before she was an Oscar winning actress, Cate Blanchett was in a low-budget Australian ad a snack for Tim Tams, a chocolaty snack.

Sean Connery is sitting next to a bunny in a convertible and is singing about yogurt. The summary says it all.

Diva Jennifer Hudson won't be winning any best song awards for this bizarre ad for Weight Watchers in which she sings a duet with herself.

Watch two-time Oscar winner Jodie Foster as a little girl in this surprisingly intricate vintage McDonald's ad.

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