Most Undeserving Oscar Winners


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21Frances 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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22Marlee 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

23Natalie Portman – Black SwanNatalie Portman is an actress, film producer and film director with dual American and Israeli citizenship.

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

I think she deserved. Her performance in Black Swan was incredible.

She's an ok actress ( nothing special ). An oscar-worthy actress? Certainly not. She's too overrated.

24Jessica Lange - Blue Sky

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

I was never impressed by this actress acting skills. This is an actress who should never win or be nominated! She's a too bad actress for that ( whatever movie she's playing ).

25Alan 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! - curlyqgirly

Djimon Hounsou was better in Blood Diamond - Irina2932

26Colin Firth - The King's Speech
27Tom Hanks - Forrest Gump

If there's one actor / actress who should have won an oscar for this " overrated " movie, it should have been Sally Field. The best acting performance in this movie came from her.

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.

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28Philip Seymour Hoffman - Capote
29Meryl Streep - The Iron ladyMary Louise "Meryl" Streep is an American actress. Cited in the media as the "best actress of her generation", Streep is particularly known for her versatility in her roles, transformation into the characters she plays, and her accent adaptation.

A crap movie about the much hated M. Thatcher. That movie is almost praising her and is not realistic for that matter. So my question is how could they give an oscar to Meryl Streep if she's not playing the real Thatcher? This movie was losing money, so they give it an oscar to this overrated actress in the hope to win their money back. I remember when Thatcher died people were dancing in the Streets and postcards were print that were saying " Ding Dong The witch is dead ". Honestly I hope they will print the same postcards when Meryl Streep dies, because it's a real shame when actresses plays crappy scripts and get away with an oscar for that.

I agree that this is a crap movie! Rooney Mara in " Girl with dragon tattoo ", Michelle Williams in " My week with Marilyn " and Viola Davis in " The help " ( too bad sissy spacek wasn't nominated for that movie ) deserved a Thousand times more to win than Meryl Streep. Living proof that she is overrated!

What kind of idiots thinks that she deserved an oscar for such a stupid movie. This movie didn't deserve to be nominated at the first place and certainly didn't deserve to get a winning oscar. This is an overrated actress who gets away with too many undeserved nominations ( thank god she didn't win an oscar for her nomination for " Julie and Julia " because that would have been a really undeserved oscar. Amy Adams was so much better in that movie and was not even nominated ). Just like in " Julie and Julia ", she did get the praise for her accent in the movie " The Iron lady " but being good in accents doesn't make her a top actress to deserve Oscars when a movie is bad or when another actress plays more convincing than her ( Amy Adams in " Julie and Julia " and " Doubt " ).
Belongs without a doubt on this list for her undeserved oscar in this movie!

The other four nominees and even Tilda Swinton in We need to talk about Kevin who wasn't nominated gave stronger performances

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30Alicia Vikander - The Danish Girl

Alicia should have won for Ex Machina instead.

So very overrated. She is just bland.

Really underved! This actress has proved nothing yet to be concidered as a top actress ( she made only a few films that can be count on one hand ) and she gets away with an oscar for best supporting actress.
Rachel McAdams who was also nominated as best supporting actress should have win ( she's an actress who is so underrated but at least she has proved after so many films that she's very talented ). I'm so dissapointed. Rachel McAdams earned her first deserved nomination and she lost against an actress that will be forgotten in a few years.

31Hilary 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.

What a joke? All the four nominees were better than her that year.Her first Oscar is well deserved though.

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32Sean Penn - Milk

It was a very great performance, but Mickey Rourke was heartbreaking in "The Wrestler".

He wouldn't be in the business if it weren't for his family. - MissionImpossible

One of the nost overrated actors ever. He is not as good as critics want us to think.

33Julia Roberts - Erin Brockovich

She was OK, but Ellen Burstyn gave the best performance of the last decade. It was a shame!

For once I have to admid that her oscar for that movie was deserved. She's not one of my favorite actresses but she was really good in this film.

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34Whoopi Goldberg - GhostCaryn Elaine Johnson, known professionally by her stage name Whoopi Goldberg, is an American actress, comedian, and television host.

I love her in this film. Her role allowed to prove her ability to shine in a comedic role after her turn in a dramatic film.

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35Art Carney - Harry and Tonto

This has to be in the top 10 undeserved ones.Jack Nicholson in Chinatown and Al Pacino in Godfather part 2 gave so much better performances

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36Grace Kelly - The Country Girl

Her performance is actually good in this movie. It's the movie that is bad.

37Cher - 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

38Matthew McConaughey - Dallas Buyers Club

Losing 40 pounds may bring you an award... But not the respect from the audiences.

That guy sucks as an actor. Whoever gave him that Oscar should have his ass kicked. - MissionImpossible

Matt was really good, but Leo DiCaprio was better.

39Katharine Hepburn - Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

I have nothing against Katharine Hepburn, but this movie proves that Oscars is all about politics. This movie is really a let down and didn't deserve to be nominated.

Katharine Hepburn was great as usual,but this year,Anne Bancroft should have won for The Graduate

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40Nicole Kidman - The HoursNicole Mary Kidman is an Australian-American actress and film producer. Kidman's breakthrough roles were in the 1989 feature film thriller Dead Calm and television thriller miniseries Bangkok Hilton.

She was pretty good in The Hours but Julianne Moore should have won for Far From Heaven

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