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Anna Kendrick was so broke she couldn't afford to buy shoes when she was nominated for an Oscar

Actress Anna Kendrick arrives at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on March 7, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)
Actress Anna Kendrick arrives at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on March 7, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)
Actress Anna Kendrick arrives at the 2010 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter held at Sunset Tower on March 7, 2010 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Actress Anna Kendrick arrives at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards held at Kodak Theatre on March 7, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - MARCH 07: Actress Anna Kendrick arrives at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards held at Kodak Theatre on March 7, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Kendrick's shoes at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards held at Kodak Theatre on March 7, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actress Anna Kendrick arrives at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards held at Kodak Theatre on March 7, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Anna Kendrick arrives at the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party
Actress Anna Kendrick arrives on the red carpet for the 87th Oscars February 22, 2015
Actress Anna Kendrick arrives on the red carpet for the 86th Academy Awards

Heather Saul

The critical success that precedes an Oscar nomination is not always accompanied by financial security.

Anna Kendrick said that after being nominated for an Oscar for her role in Up in the Air in 2009, she was still stone broke.

“My stylist told me I had to wear the perfect shoes for an outfit, and because the movie isn't out yet, nobody really knows who you are," Kendrick, 31, told Ellen DeGeneres. "'The shoe places don't want to loan you the shoes so can you buy a pair of Louboutins?'

“I was like, ‘I’m still poor’. So it was this weird combination of like all these great things are happening but at the same time nothing has changed so, it was a weird dichotomy.”

Actress Anna Kendrick arrives at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards held at Kodak Theatre on March 7, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actress Anna Kendrick arrives at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards held at Kodak Theatre on March 7, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

This was nowhere more evident than when she was being placed in expensive hotels during promotional tours for the film. 

“At one point I was like, if we do another trip to New York can you put me up in a less nice hotel room and then I could keep some of the cash?.”

The answer was a disappointing and categorical 'no'.

Winning an Oscar isn’t guaranteed to grant instant happiness either, as Anne Hathaway recently recalled. Instead, her win prompted a backlash.

Kendrick's shoes at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards held at Kodak Theatre on March 7, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Kendrick's shoes at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards held at Kodak Theatre on March 7, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

“I kind of lost my mind doing that movie and it hadn’t come back yet," she said. "Then I had to stand up in front of people and feel something I don’t feel which is uncomplicated happiness. It’s an obvious thing, you win an Oscar and you’re supposed to be happy.

"I didn’t feel that way. I felt wrong that I was standing there in a gown that cost more than some people are going to see in their lifetime and winning an award for portraying pain that still felt very much a part of our collective experience as human beings."

Actress Anna Kendrick arrives on the red carpet for the 87th Oscars February 22, 2015
Actress Anna Kendrick arrives on the red carpet for the 87th Oscars February 22, 2015

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