50 Ads Starring Oscar Winners

A few great spots, some amusing ones, and some real duds

There's a lingering perception that actors who do commercials are either desperate or hacks. In fact, neither is necessarily true. Looking back at all the Academy Award winners since 1970—the cream of the crop in Hollywood—an outright majority have filmed ads at some point in their careers. Some stopped when their careers solidified—others continued to do commercial work even after reaching the pinnacle of their industry. We've collected 50 such ads starring Oscar winners, ranging from the '60s (Dustin Hoffman for Volkswagen) to the present day (Timothy Hutton and Cuba Gooding Jr. both for Groupon). There are a handful of great spots here, some amusing ones and more than a few duds. You'll notice a bunch from Europe and Japan, done by actors hoping to keep their reputations unsullied in America. And if you watch only one of these 50 ads, make it the Russell Crowe video for Avondale College. Words cannot convey its awesomeness.

  1. F. Murray Abraham
    F. Murray Abraham'
    Advertiser: Listerine
    Click to view. Oscar: Best actor, 1984, for Amadeus
  2. Kim Basinger
    Kim Basinger'
    Advertiser: Peugot
    Click to view. Oscar: Best supporting actress, 1997, for L.A. Confidential
  3. Kathy Bates
    Kathy Bates'
    Advertiser: DirecTV
    Click to view. Oscar: Best actress, 1990, for Misery
  4. Halle Berry
    Halle Berry'
    Advertiser: Revlon
    Click to view. Oscar: Best actress, 2001, for Monster's Ball
  5. Juliette Binoche
    Juliette Binoche'
    Advertiser: Lancôme Poême
    Click to view. Oscar: Best supporting actress, 1996, for The English Patient
  6. Cate Blanchett
    Cate Blanchett'
    Advertiser: Tim Tams
    Click to view. Oscar: Best supporting actress, 2004, for The Aviator
  7. Marlon Brando
    Marlon Brando'
    Voiceover for Pepsi
    Click to view. Oscars: Best actor, 1954, for On the Waterfront; Best actor, 1972, for The Godfather
  8. Jeff Bridges
    Jeff Bridges'
    Voiceover for Hyundai
    Click to view. Oscar: Best actor, 2009, for Crazy Heart
  9. Adrien Brody
    Adrien Brody'
    Advertiser: Stella Artois
    Click to view. Oscar: Best actor, 2002, for The Pianist
  10. Nicolas Cage
    Nicolas Cage'
    Advertiser: Sankyo Pachinko (Japan)
    Click to view. Oscar: Best actor, 1995, for Leaving Las Vegas

  1. Cher
    Cher'
    Advertiser: Chicago Health & Raquetball Club
    Click to view. Oscar: Best actress, 1987, for Moonstruck
  2. George Clooney
    George Clooney'
    Advertiser: Nespresso
    Click to view. Oscar: Best supporting actor, 2005, for Syriana
  3. Jennifer Connelly
    Jennifer Connelly'
    Advertiser: Lux (Japan)
    Click to view. Oscar: Best supporting actress, 2001, for A Beautiful Mind
  4. Sean Connery
    Sean Connery'
    Advertiser: Suntory Crest (Japan)
    Click to view. Oscar: Best supporting actor, 1987, for The Untouchables
  5. Russell Crowe
    Russell Crowe'
    Advertiser: Avondale College
    Click to view. Oscar: Best actor, 2000, for Gladiator
  6. Penelope Cruz
    Penelope Cruz'
    Advertiser: Loréal
    Click to view. Oscar: Best supporting actress, 2008, for Vicky Cristina Barcelona
  7. Robert De Niro
    Robert De Niro'
    Advertiser: American Express
    Click to view. Oscars: Best supporting actor, 1974, for The Godfather Part II; Best actor, 1980, for Raging Bull
  8. Richard Dreyfuss
    Richard Dreyfuss'
    Advertiser: American Motors
    Click to view. Oscar: Best actor, 1977, for The Goodbye Girl
  9. Sally Field
    Sally Field'
    Advertiser: Boniva
    Click to view. Oscars: Best actress, 1979, for Norma Raw; Best actress, 1984, for Places in the Heart
  10. Jane Fonda
    Jane Fonda'
    Advertiser: L'Oréal
    Click to view. Oscars: Best actress, 1971, for Klute; Best actress, 1978, for Coming Home

  1. Jodie Foster
    Jodie Foster'
    Girl in McDonald's ad
    Click to view. Oscars: Best actress, 1988, for The Accused; Best actress, 1991, for The Silence of the Lambs
  2. Morgan Freeman
    Morgan Freeman'
    Advertiser: Listerine
    Click to view. Oscar: Best supporting actor, 2004, for Million Dollar Baby
  3. Whoopi Goldberg
    Whoopi Goldberg'
    Advertiser: Poise
    Click to view. Oscar: Best supporting actress, 1990, for Ghost
  4. Cuba Gooding Jr.
    Cuba Gooding Jr.'
    Advertiser: Groupon
    Click to view. Oscar: Best supporting actor, 1996, for Jerry Maguire
  5. Dustin Hoffman
    Dustin Hoffman'
    Advertiser: Volkswagen
    Click to view. Oscars: Best actor, 1979, for Kramer vs. Kramer; Best actor, 1988, for Rain Man
  6. Anthony Hopkins
    Anthony Hopkins'
    Advertiser: Sky
    Click to view. Oscar: Best actor, 1991, for Silence of the Lambs
  7. Jennifer Hudson
    Jennifer Hudson'
    Advertiser: Weight Watchers
    Click to view. Oscar: Best supporting actress, 2006, for Dreamgirls
  8. Timothy Hutton
    Timothy Hutton'
    Advertiser: Groupon
    Click to view. Oscar: Best supporting actor, 1980, for Ordinary People
  9. Angelina Jolie
    Angelina Jolie'
    Advertiser: Integrate (Japan)
    Click to view. Oscar: Best supporting actress, 1999, for Girl, Interrupted
  10. Tommy Lee Jones
    Tommy Lee Jones'
    Advertiser: Suntory Boss (Japan)
    Click to view. Oscar: Best supporting actor, 1993, for The Fugitive

  1. Nicole Kidman
    Nicole Kidman'
    Advertiser: Chanel
    Click to view. Oscar: Best actress, 2002, for The Hours
  2. Marlee Matlin
    Marlee Matlin'
    Advertiser: Apple
    Click to view. Oscar: Best actress, 1986, for Children of a Lesser God
  3. Paul Newman
    Paul Newman'
    Advertiser: Maxwell House (Japan)
    Click to view. Oscar: Best actor, 1986, for The Color of Money
  4. Al Pacino
    Al Pacino'
    Advertiser: Vittoria Coffee
    Click to view. Oscar: Best actor, 1992, for Scent of a Woman
  5. Jack Palance
    Jack Palance'
    Advertiser: Skin Bracer
    Click to view. Oscar: Best supporting actor, 1991, for City Slickers
  6. Gwyneth Paltrow
    Gwyneth Paltrow'
    Advertiser: Martini
    Click to view. Oscar: Best actress, 1988, for Shakespeare in Love
  7. Anna Paquin
    Anna Paquin'
    Advertiser: Network MCI
    Click to view. Oscar: Best supporting actress, 1993, for The Piano
  8. Joe Pesci
    Joe Pesci'
    Voiceover for Pepsi
    Click to view. Oscar: Best supporting actor, 1990, for Goodfellas
  9. Julia Roberts
    Julia Roberts'
    Advertiser: Lavazza
    Click to view. Oscar: Best actress, 2000, for Erin Brockovich
  10. Susan Sarandon
    Susan Sarandon'
    Advertiser: "Got milk?"
    Click to view. Oscar: Best actress, 1995, for Dead Man Walking

  1. Kevin Spacey
    Kevin Spacey'
    Advertiser: Olympus
    Click to view. Oscars: Best supporting actor, 1995, for The Usual Suspects; Best actor, 1999, for American Beauty
  2. Hilary Swank
    Hilary Swank'
    Advertiser: Guerlain Insolence
    Click to view. Oscars: Best actress, 1999, for Boys Don't Cry; Best actress, 2004, for Million Dollar Baby
  3. Charlize Theron
    Charlize Theron'
    Advertiser: Martini
    Click to view. Oscar: Best actress, 2003, for Monster
  4. Emma Thompson
    Emma Thompson'
    Advertiser: Human Trafficking Awareness
    Click to view. Oscar: Best actress, 1992, for Howards End
  5. John Wayne
    John Wayne'
    Advertiser: Coors Light
    Click to view. Oscar: Best actor, 1969, for True Grit
  6. Rachel Weisz
    Rachel Weisz'
    Advertiser: L'Oréal
    Click to view. Oscar: Best supporting actress, 2005, for The Constant Gardener
  7. Kate Winslet
    Kate Winslet'
    Advertiser: American Express
    Click to view. Oscar: Best actress, 2008, for The Reader
  8. Reese Witherspoon
    Reese Witherspoon'
    Advertiser: Avon's U by Ungaro (Japan)
    Click to view. Oscar: Best actress, 2005, for Walk the Line
  9. Catherine Zeta-Jones
    Catherine Zeta-Jones'
    Advertiser: Deutsche Bahn Werbung
    Click to view. Oscar: Best supporting actress, 2002, for Chicago
  10. Multiple winners
    Multiple winners'
    Advertiser: Apple iPhone
    Click to view. Spot the Oscar winners in the very first iPhone commercial.