An Oscar win can give a boost to a career, but not always

February 28, 2016 1:02 PM

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LOS ANGELES — On Sunday, Leonardo DiCaprio and Alicia Vikander are expected to win Academy Awards. On Monday, DiCaprio’s career might not look that different, but Vikander’s probably will.

It’s the amorphous, fickle value of an Oscar at work once again. That little statuette, valued anywhere from $500 to $900 depending on the price of gold, won’t fetch you anything on the open market (all winners are contractually required to offer it first to the Academy for $1), but it can be a sign...

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