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

I like Silver Linings Playbook. I personally didn't like anything in particular about this movie when I first watched it, but for some reason I like to re-watch it every now and then. I was surprised when I found out Jennifer Lawrence had won an oscar for her performance in Silver Linings Playbook. I honestly didn't think any of the actors and actresses were going to win anything for that particular film. I guess they had to award somebody and chose Jennifer Lawrence because of the hype from the media as well as the fact that the other nominees probably wouldn't fit the "Hollywood standard", since being a white young beautiful actress is pretty much all they care about in this industry. Her performance in Silver Linings Playbook was not bad but it wasn't great either. I feel like they used Jennifer's "quirkiness" and exploited the mental illness and distress of her character, "Tiffany" as some sort of attractive quality about her to the viewers, dare I ...more

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.

Seriously, Silver Linings Playbook was a very good movie because it was somehow different. However, Jennifer Lawrence's performance was a joke.

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2Reese 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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3Gwyneth 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!

4Denzel Washington - Training Day

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

Denzel was most certainly deserving of the Oscar. He showed that he wasn't one dimensional. He went slap off in training day. I'm about to watch it now. Hey hey Jake...Jake...I need that money.

russell crowe should have won for a beautiful mind

I agree, russell crowe should have won.

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5Anne 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

6Jennifer 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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7Helen Hunt - As Good As It Gets

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

She won because she was the only American in the line up surrounded by 4 British actresses wh all gave better performances.The most boring,mediocre acting performance(along with Sandra Bullock)to win an Oscar.Judi Dench should have won.

8John 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.

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!

The most God awful,HORRIBLE performance to win an Oscar.All he did was scream.Ian Mckellen and Edward Norton were ROBBED.

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10Tommy Lee Jones - The Fugitive

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

Ralph Fiennes was ROBBED.The worst decosion in this category

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The Newcomers

?Glenda Jackson - A Touch of Class

The Contenders

11Renee Zellweger - Cold Mountain
12Sean 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

Laugh out loud @ johnny depp was better... Sean Penn was amazing in this. If any of this top ten list was innaccurate, this is.

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13Charlton Heston - Ben-Hur
14Cher - 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

15Sandra 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

Seems that she won that oscar for sympathy vote. This movie was not worth to be nominated at the first place, so her winning oscar is undeserved.

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

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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...

Kevin Spacey is one of my favorite actors, and he was very deserving for this award. - MontyPython

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17Cuba 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.

If I were in the audience during his acceptance "speech",I would take his Oscar and give it to anyone on the streets.

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18Penelope 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

Totally deserved. The best supporting actress award of all time

Awful actress. Awful English pronunciation. Absolutely undeserved award.

19Frances 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?

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20Al Pacino - Scent of a Woman

This seemed like a compensation for snubbing him from the best actor oscar for The Godfather part 2

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