Oscar Impact: Colbert, Claudette

One of the Oscar's immediate, most beneficial rewards is cash money. Every winner, popular or not, gets a larger pay check after winning. The Oscar always had cash value, though, in the first two decades, the issue was not discussed or revealed in public.

Claudette Colbert's fee jumped from $35,000 to $150,000 per picture after winning the Oscar for It Happened One Night. In 1936, Colbert became the highest-paid actress in the United States, based on her $302,000 yearly income.