Most Undeserving Oscar Winners


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1Jennifer 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

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.

They gave her and oscar just for being funny, not for being a good actress, david O. Russell is overrated!

Haha I though it was a joke when they told me she won, it was a chock for me when I realized it was true. She's not a bad actress of course but an oscar? No the AMOUR actress should have won. Fact

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2Gwyneth 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.

Don't deserve an oscar for every movie she's playing. She's a mediocre and overrated actress. END OF STORY!

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3Denzel Washington - Training Day

Russell Crowe was much better in A Beautiful Mind that year - Irina2932

russell crowe should have won for a beautiful mind

I agree, russell crowe should have won.

This list is just ridiculous!

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4Helen Hunt - As Good As It Gets

All other nominees were better that year.She was just annoying in the movie

5Reese 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.

Keira Knightley should have won that Oscar

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6John 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.

7Jennifer Hudson - Dreamgirls

She was horrible. I still can't believe that she won the Oscar - Irina2932

She got this for one scene and that's when she is just singing. The one of the women from Babel deserved this award.

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

Are you kidding Jennifer Hudson was very deserving.She acted and sang her ass off.Have you been on the moon.

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8Anne Hathaway - Les Miserables

I think Anne Hathaway was the best in her category. Her "I Dreamed a Dream" is just awesome.

She comes in for a few minutes, sings terribly, and wins. Jennifer Lawrence gave one hell of a performance.

She should have won a razzie for sounding like a cat getting skinned alive. Les mis suck full stop. - ArpstaAmy333

9Roberto Benigni - Life Is Beautiful

Personally, I think he did an amazing job in Life is Beautiful.

If his performance deserved and oscar, everybody in Hollywood should win an oscar!

10Tommy Lee Jones - The Fugitive

Totally disagree on this, Tommy Lee Jones deserved the award, period.

The Newcomers

?Michael Caine - The Cider House Rules
?Charlton Heston - Ben-Hur
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11Cher - Moonstruck

I really love Cher and her acting but in 1987 she wasn't the One and only The Best. - Irina2932

Glenn Close should've won instead. 5th Oscar nomination and no wins!

Glenn Close,Sally Kirkland and Holly Hunter were much better

12Sean Penn - Mystic River

Johnny Depp and Ben Kingsley were better in 2003. - Irina2932

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

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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 great but her performance was inferior to Carey Mulligan in An Education or Meryl Streep in Julie and Julia who were also nominated that year

She was good but I don't remember anything particularly oscar worthy in her one note performance.

She's such a stiff actress!

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14Penelope Cruz - Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Awful English pronunciation? She is a Spanish woman in Spain in this movie. Would you expect a woman from Spain to have a perfect English accent? You don't know what you are talking about! And as for her talent, look the movies she did in Spain. Maybe you will understand that she is very talented or maybe not, but in what you are writing here I can say that you're wrong all the way.

not bad but still didn't deserve the Oscar - Irina2932

Awful actress. Awful english pronunciation. Absolutely undeserved award.

Totally deserved. The best supporting actress award of all time

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15Cuba Gooding Jr. - Jerry Maguire

How this clown won an Oscar for this over-the-top, cringe-inducing performance is beyond human comprehension. Especially when you consider that Edward Norton gave one of the greatest performances ever in Primal Fear. Then, not to be out done, his acceptance speech is equally awful. Pathetic.

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?

William H.Macy or Edward Norton deserved this one

16Kevin 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...

17Frances Mcdormand - Fargo

Emily Watson was better in Breaking the Waves - Irina2932

It was a cartoon cariacature of transparently disingenuous face pulling. It was entertaining and in the spirit of the film but is that really good acting?

18Marlee 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! - Irina2932

19Natalie Portman – Black Swan

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

20Jessica Lange - Blue Sky

Winona Ryder (Little Women), Susan Sarandon (The Client) and Jodie Foster (Nell) were much better. - Irina2932

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Top Remixes

1. Roberto Benigni - Life Is Beautiful
2. Tommy Lee Jones - The Fugitive
3. Denzel Washington - Training Day
1. Gwyneth Paltrow - Shakespeare In Love
2. Helen Hunt - As Good As It Gets
3. John Wayne - True Grit



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