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Catalina Sandino Moreno Unemployed For Two Years After Oscar Nomination

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Feb. 17 2008, Published 8:00 a.m. ET

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Life won’t necessarily be rosy for Oscar nominees post-awards.

When I caught up with Catalina Sandino Moreno, she confessed she had trouble finding work after her nomination. The 26-year-old Colombian beauty was up for best actress in 2005 for her role in Maria Full of Grace.

“A lot of people saw Maria Full of Grace, which was a great thing for me because I was new,” she tells me. “That was my first movie.”

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“But an Oscar is not going to make you have better scripts. It’s not. I spent two years after the Oscar nomination without work because all the scripts I was not ready for them.”

“Then I got Fast Food Nation, which was a role I did like. But I think the Oscar helped for people to see me in this little film.”

I can’t wait to see who wins this year.

Catch the 80th Annual Academy Awards airing Feburary 24.

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