Oscar Impact: Hoffman, Dustin

It's hard to believe that Dustin Hoffman was paid only $17,000 for his first film, Mike Nichols' “The Graduate” (1967), which made him an instant star and also brought him his first Best Actor nomination.

Two years later, Hoffman received $400,000 for John Schlesinger's “Midnight Cowboy” (1969), which earned him another Actor nomination.

In the 1970s, Hoffman commanded over $1 million per picture, and for “Tootsie” (1982), his first movie after winning the Best Actor Oscar for Robert Benton's “Kramer vs. Kramer” (1979), Hoffman was paid $5 million.

Yep. In 15 years, Hoffman's fee rose from $17,000 to $5 million per picture. That's Hollywood, when you're successful.