2024 Oscars: See What Our Favorite Stars Have Been Up to Since Winning an Academy Award

These celebs have kept the fire burning following their history-making milestone.

The 96th Academy Awards are right around the corner, and despite controversies in the past due to a lack of diversity among nominees, we remain thrilled for those who have been nominated, along with those who won the coveted award.

Whether you believe we should only go where we are always appreciated or go where change needs to occur, a win for one, is a win for all.

Since securing Oscar-winning status, some of our favorite stars have seen a boost in their lives, professionally and personally.

Here's a look back at 10 beloved celebrities who have won an Oscar and a breakdown of how their lives have changed since.

  • Lupita Nyong'o

    Following her Oscar win in 2014 for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for "12 Years a Slave," Nyong'o has gone on to secure timeless roles in Hollywood including "Queen of Katwe," "Us," and the blockbuster action film, "Black Panther."

    Since the premiere of its first installment in 2018, the Ryan Coolgler science-fiction franchise has gone on to gross over $2 billion globally for both films, including "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever," as reported by Deadline.

    She is also a humanitarian who is focused on providing water to underdeveloped countries.

    Nyong'o also became a New York Times bestseller with her children's book, "Sulwe" in 2019 which "creates a whimsical and heartwarming story to inspire children to see their own unique beauty."

    Recently, her love life has had some twists and turns.

    Last year, she split from her boyfriend Selema Masekela, but is now dating "Melrose Place," alum Joshua Jackson.

  • Common and Jennifer Hudson

    Much has evolved in the lives of these Chicago natives since they gained Oscar-winning status: Hudson won Best Actress in a Supporting Role in 2007 for "Dream Girls," then in 2015, Common won Best Original Song with John Legend for "Glory."

    Since then, Common has continued to flex his skills, on screen. He has starred in "John Wick: Chapter 2," "Ocean's Eight," and "The Hate U Give," among others.

    After securing an Oscar, Hudson won two Grammy awards: one for Best R&B Album for her self-titled album, "Jennifer Hudson," and another for Best Musical Theater Album for "The Color Purple."

    In 2022, the singer took things up a notch in her career when she became a daytime talk show host, of "The Jennifer Hudson Show."

    Not only have these two reached great heights in their careers since winning an Oscar, but Common and Hudson have garnered much attention in their personal lives.

    In 2023, dating rumors began to swirl after these artists were spotted in Los Angeles together.

    Earlier this year, Common appeared as a guest on Hudson's show when he opened up on his love life, but stopped short of name-dropping the special person.

    "I'm in a relationship that is with one of the most beautiful people I ever met in life," he explained. "She's smart, she loves God, she has something real down-to-earth about her, she's talented."

    He also said he'd set his standards "high" with the special woman and that she was an EGOT winner.

    In 2022, Hudson was crowned with the revered EGOT status following her Tony win for "A Strange Loop."

  • Denzel Washington

    Following this Oscar winner's second win in 2001 for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his role in the Antoine Fuqua drama "Training Day," he has kept on delivering blockbuster films. But did we expect any less? Come on! This Denzel Washington.

    He's starred in "John Q," "Antwone Fisher," "Out of Time," "Man of Fire," "Deja Vu,", and "American Gangster," among many others.

    In 2014, he joined Fuqua again for "The Equalizer." The third iteration of the franchise dropped in 2023 and made box office history after its Labor Day weekend release with $60.6 million worldwide. This is the second-biggest opening of all time for that holiday.

    And Washington is showing no signs of slowing down.

    Earlier this month, news dropped that he and Jake Gyllenhaal will be starring in a revival of Shakespeare’s tragedy “Othello,” which is scheduled to open in the spring of 2025, Variety reports.

    Washington is also tapped to star in a new Netflix film centering on the ancient Carthaginian general Hannibal the Conqueror. Frequent collaborator Antoine Fuqua is signed on to direct the forthcoming film.

  • Jamie Foxx

    Foxx can sing and this brotha knows how to act. After he was recognized with an Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role in 2005 for his performance in "Ray," he went on to star in major blockbusters including "Django Unchained," "Just Mercy," and "They Cloned Tyrone."

    While Foxx, has broken many barriers in his career, he has also had some challenges throughout his journey in Hollywood.

    In 2023, Foxx suffered a medical emergency that caused him to be admitted to the hospital. While little details surrounding his condition have been revealed, Foxx recently said he is ready to share what really happened, his way.

    “Everybody wants to know what happened, and I’m going to tell you what happened, but I gotta do it my way. I’m going to do it in a funny way. I’m going to be on stage. We’re going back to the stand-up sort of roots,” he explained while receiving the Producers Award from the African American Film Critics Association.

  • Lionel Richie

    Richie's 1986 win for Best Original Song for "Say You, Say Me" was only the beginning for this legendary crooner. He has amassed a global fanbase, sold out concerts, and over 100 million records sold.

    Since Richie's, 74, Oscar win, he's gone on to acquire more accolades.

    In 2014, he was honored with a BET Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2017, he was recognized with a Kennedy Center honor. Then in 2022, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

    He also joined season 16 of ABC's "American Idol" as a judge in 2018 while mentoring and molding emerging artists in all genres.

    Richie's love life has also been elevated since his Oscar-winning moment. For the past 10 years, he has been dating his longtime girlfriend, Lisa Parigi, who is 40 years his senior.

  • Regina King

    In 2019, King won Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal as Sharon Rivers in the Barry Jenkins film, "If Beale Street Could Talk."

    After that, she starred in the HBO sci-fi drama series "Watchmen," alongside Emmy-winner, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. Then in 2021, she joined the cast of Netflix's all-Black western flick, "The Harder They Fall."

    Earlier this year, she presented "national treasure" Angela Bassett with an honorary Oscar at the 14th Annual Governors Awards.

    "On screens big and small, she has mesmerized us in over 100 roles," she said

    Later this month, her newest film, "Shirley" will drop as she portrays the iconic changemaker, Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman to be elected to the United States Congress. 

  • Whoopi Goldberg

    Goldberg's 40-year career in entertainment is nothing short of outstanding. This EGOT winner took home an Oscar in 1991 for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for "Ghost." Since then, she has dominated each decade.

    In 1992, she starred as Deloris in the iconic film "Sister Act," and in 1997, she worked alongside Brandy and Whitney Houston in "Cinderella." In 2001, she worked with Jada Pinkett-Smith and Anthony Anderson in the comedy-drama, "Kingdom Come. Then in 2010, she joined the cast of Tyler Perry's "For Colored Girls."

    She also worked in 2022's "Till" with Danielle Deadwyler and is currently on Amazon Prime's "Harlem."

    You can also catch her for a daily dose of current events on "The View." She's been a co-host on the female-led roundtable talk show since 2007.

  • Halle Berry

    In 2002, this queen made history when she became the first Black woman to be awarded Best Actress in a Leading Role for her role in "Monster's Ball." Following that moment, Berry has continued to raise the bar.

    A year after her win, she entered the Marvel Universe as Storm in "X2." This year, Berry also graced the cover of People Magazine's Most Beautiful Issue in 2003.

    In 2004, she unleashed her feisty side in "Catwoman," and in 2005, she starred alongside Michael Ealy in "Their Eyes Were Watching God." A year later, she returned to the MU in "X-Men: The Last Stand," then once more in 2014 in "X-Men: Days of Future Past."

    Additionally, she was cast in "Kidnap," "John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum," "Bruised," and "Moonfall."

    At the time of her Oscar win, she and singer Eric Benét were dating, but they separated in 2003. She is currently involved with musician Van Hunt.

    Berry also entered motherhood after her Oscar win. She is mom to Nahla Ariela Aubry, 16, whom she shares with ex Gabriel Aubry. Additionally, the star shares Maceo-Robert Martinez, 11, with ex-husband Olivier Martinez.

  • John Legend

    In 2015, Legend and Common's collab on "Glory," won them an Oscar for Best Original Song. That win also marked the "Ordinary People" crooner with EGOT status. Since then, Legend's wins have been unstoppable.

    In 2019, he joined DJ Khaled and Nipsey Hussle for "Higher," which would result in a Grammy win a year later, but Hussle lost his life to gunfire shortly after the song was released.

    Then In 2020, Legend dropped his 16-track album, Bigger Love," which won a Grammy for Best R&B Album.

    Last year, Legend rejoined the judges panel on "The Voice" during season 23.

    The singer has also seen many highs in his personal life since winning an Oscar. He and his wife Chrissy Teigen have gone on to welcome four kids: Luna, 7, Miles, 5, Esti, 1, and Wren, 9 months.

    The doting couple celebrated their 10-year anniversary in 2023 in Lake Como, Italy, 

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