Most Undeserving Oscar Winners


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Jennifer Lawrence - Silver Linings Playbook
Everyone else deserved the Oscar more than Jennifer Lawrence! I mean come on people she is staring on the new David O. Russell movie "American Hustler" alongside Amy Adams... Amy Adams! Amy Adams is an amazing actress but I don't see her Oscar anywhere. That's for shame. I don't know... Maybe I do her wrong but... Just put her next to Naomi Watts or Amy Adams and you will have your answer! The Academy really dissapointed me this year... And you can't turn back time! Next year I'm rooting for Amy Adams, Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman and Naomi Watts!
Jennifer Lawrence is a great actress. She is very deserving to win an Oscar Award. Goodness :3
They gave her and oscar just for being funny, not for being a good actress, david O. Russell is overrated!
Hollywood is a corrupted and unfair industry. Only looks count for them *cough* Jennifer Lawrence *cough* Emma Watson *cough* Leonardo Dicaprio is an outstanding actor and they can't even give give a oscar! Jennifer got that award just because she's popular among stupid teenagers.
[Newest]I agree. I wonder how many dicks she sucked to get where she os.

2Roberto Benigni - Life Is Beautiful
If his performance deserved and oscar, everybody in Hollywood should win an oscar!

3Denzel Washington - Training Day
Russell Crowe was much better in A Beautiful Mind that year


russell crowe should have won for a beautiful mind
Any who voted for Jennifer Lawrence is an idiot.
[Newest]I agree, russell crowe should have won.

4Tommy Lee Jones - The Fugitive
Totally disagree on this, Tommy Lee Jones deserved the award, period.

5Cuba Gooding Jr. - Jerry Maguire
He's a tool! So annoying in that movie!
I have absolutely no idea what they were thinking when they gave him that oscar; what are they kidding me? HOW WAS THAT OSCAR WORTHY? HOW?

6Kevin Spacey - American Beauty
This one is really not true. Kevin Spacey was brilliant in American Beauty. He pulled off a role that most actors would have "over-cooked" or made look sleazy/cliche. His subtle nuances, comedic timing and so many other things made this performance great...
Oh wait.. did I just vote that I didn't like the performance? Laugh out loud... So confusing this...

7Reese Witherspoon - Walk the Line
I think Reese Witherspoon was awesome in this film. I think that she should have won for "Election", too.
She was just being her minus legally blonde
Her performance was very amateurish.

8Jennifer Hudson - Dreamgirls
She got this for one scene and that's when she is just singing. The one of the women from Babel deserved this award.
She was horrible. I still can't believe that she won the Oscar


One of the worst actresses (which she doesn't deserved to be called) of all time.

9Robin Williams - Good Will Hunting
Robert Forster (Jackie Brown), Greg Kinnear (As Good as It Gets) and Burt Reynolds (Boogie Nights) were better.


He got that award for speaking slowly with a serious face. Greg Kinnear should have won.

10Sean Penn - Mystic River
This performance is one of the best ever. Johnny Depp was also outstanding as Jack Sparrow, but Penn was a little better.
I rather perceived his acting as bad in this one although I would generally consider myself as a fan of his
Johnny Depp and Ben Kingsley were better in 2003.


The Contenders

11Natalie Portman – Black Swan
Really? Natalie Portman is so amazing in this film. One of the most deserved of the last years.

12Cher - Moonstruck
Glenn Close should've won instead. 5th Oscar nomination and no wins!
I really love Cher and her acting but in 1987 she wasn't the One and only The Best.


13Sandra Bullock - The Blind Side
She was never and will never be a good actress. Just like C Diaz, american people seems to think that a woman who acts repeatedly in comedies is funny. Well the very truth is they are not, not even one bit of their expressions, body language or dialogue delivery is.
Sandra Bullock has been a pain since her girl in distress act in speed, and she should have disappeared form films like the swanks, Roberts and so did. I wonder what she is trying to prove with that botoxed face of hers nowadays...
She was good but I don't remember anything particularly oscar worthy in her one note performance.
She's such a stiff actress!

14Penelope Cruz - Vicky Cristina Barcelona
not bad but still didn't deserve the Oscar


Awful actress. Awful english pronunciation. Absolutely undeserved award.
Totally deserved. The best supporting actress award of all time

15Alan Arkin - Little Miss Sunshine
I agree with Irini. Djimon Hounsou's acting touched me so much! So passionate! Surely a man who's love for his missing son moved all movie goers. Djimon deserved to win the Oscar. What a great acting performance that should have been rewarded!


Djimon Hounsou was better in Blood Diamond


16Frances Mcdormand - Fargo
Emily Watson was better in Breaking the Waves


17Marlee Matlin - Children of a Lesser God
She was OK but Sigourney Weaver (Aliens), Jane Fonda (The Morning After) and Kathleen Turner (Peggy Sue Got Married) were much more impressive!


18Anne Hathaway - Les Miserables
She comes in for a few minutes, sings terribly, and wins. Jennifer Lawrence gave one hell of a performance.
I think Anne Hathaway was the best in her category. Her "I Dreamed a Dream" is just awesome.
She should have won a razzie for sounding like a cat getting skinned alive. Les mis suck full stop.


19Jessica Lange - Blue Sky
Winona Ryder (Little Women), Susan Sarandon (The Client) and Jodie Foster (Nell) were much better.


20Christoph Waltz - Django Unchained
What's the problem with christoph waltz. He was good in his acting. He deserve an oscar. I do not consider it bad to get a second oscar.
He was so good in "Django Unchained", but Philip Seymour Hoffman was better in "The Master"
Another award for playing the same character.
Well then.

21John Wayne - True Grit
John Wayne is not playing Rooster Cogburn, he's playing the only character he actually knows how to play: JOHN Wayne! Compare him to all the other nominees of that year and he just doesn't match them: John Voight and Dustin Hoffman in "Midnight Cowboy", Paul Newman in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" and the legendary Peter O'Toole in "Goodbye, Mr. Chip" all prove more interesting, potent and just true to their characters than Wayne ever is.

22Colin Firth - The King's Speech

23Tom Hanks - Forrest Gump
Who put him on this list. Forrest Gump is the 2nd best movie of all time after the Departed and Tom Hanks is brilliant in the role.
Hell no.. It's the best movie and Tom Hanks work in this movie was great.. No way he should be in this list
I think Tom was great, but Travolta was really outstanding.

24Philip Seymour Hoffman - Capote

25Gwyneth Paltrow - Shakespeare In Love
For the life of me I will never know how the towering, iconic and masterful performance of Cate Blanchett in Elizabeth, was snubbed for the soppy, over acted and generally average performance by Gwyneth. Oh wait, if you have Harvey Weinstein pulling the strings, and old performance is Oscar worthy...
I don't know what's the problem. She was heartbreaking in "Shakespeare in Love". Her character is one of the best of all time.

26Hilary Swank - Million Dollar Baby
Hilary was great, but Kate Winslet was awesome in "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind", and you know it.
She was good but Catalina Sandino Moreno in "Maria Full of Grace" was just phenomenal.

27Julia Roberts - Erin Brockovich
She was OK, but Ellen Burstyn gave the best performance of the last decade. It was a shame!

28Matthew McConaughey - Dallas Buyers Club
Losing 40 pounds may bring you an award... But not the respect from the audiences.
Matt was really good, but Leo DiCaprio was better.

29Sean Penn - Milk
It was a very great performance, but Mickey Rourke was heartbreaking in "The Wrestler".
One of the nost overrated actors ever. He is not as good as critics want us to think.

30Jared Leto - Dallas Buyers Club
Just the most overrated roles I've ever seen. If they picked either Barkhad Abdi or Michael Fassbander I wouldn't really care but they pick the guy with the least amount of screen time and even if he deserved the nomination I just didn't like the role as much even though it was good it wasn't some insane role. Very unlikable and pretty week to the other 2 I just listed. Those two convinced me of who they were playing and were just incredible especially Abdi who never even acted before no less a full motion picture production.

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