Most Undeserving Oscar Winners


The Top Ten

1 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

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.

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

The most underwhelming best actress winner I can remember. I recently watched Winter's Bone because someone told me her acting is fabulous - it isn't. Obviously subjective on my part, but what some people have described as her ability to be understated just seems to be blandness.

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2 Gwyneth 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...

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

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.

She didn't deserve to win

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3 Reese Witherspoon - Walk the Line Reese Witherspoon - Walk the Line Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon, known professionally as Reese Witherspoon, is an American actress and producer.

If anybody should have won an oscar for that movie it's Joaquin Phoenix. Just look at the real footages of Johnny Cash and June Carter on YouTube and you will understand why Reese Witherspoon didn't deserve to win. She's just ( although she's a very good actress ) not convincing in that role.

I think Reese Witherspoon was awesome in this film. I think that she should have won for "Election", too.

Her performance was very amateurish.

Reese Witherspoon is for sure a worthy oscar- win actress but in this movie she was not that exeptional.
I think it was better that they had casted another actress for that movie because she doesn't really fit to play this role.

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4 Denzel 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.

Denzel is Spectacular
Clearly one of the Best
He Blows Russell Crowe out of the Water with his performance

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5 Anne 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

6 Helen Hunt - As Good As It Gets Helen Hunt - As Good As It Gets

I can't believe that a mediocre actress as Helen Hunt did get away with an oscar. The movie itself was not that great but Helen Hunt's performance ( like all her performances ) was certainly not good or even fair. She's just not a oscar-worthy actress ( and not only for that movie ).

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.

7 Jennifer Hudson - Dreamgirls

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

Amateur hour in any scene that involved actual acting. Best singer in the film by far but painfully bad acting. She was pushed so hard by the American Idol controversy that she won a sympathy Oscar.

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

Her acting was fine, but not outstanding. - LukeTargaryen

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8 John 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.

9 Renee Zellweger - Cold Mountain Renee Zellweger - Cold Mountain
10 Roberto Benigni - Life Is Beautiful

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

I still get angry when I think about his win

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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The Contenders

11 Al Pacino - Scent of a Woman Al Pacino - Scent of a Woman

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

Personally, I think the talent of Al Pacino exceeds that of most every actor in the book, and when it comes down to performances, and performances only, this is as good as any. - Beatlesboy9

He should have won for Serpico, The Godfather: Part II, or Dog Day Afternoon instead of this. Hoo-Ah. - BeatlesFan1964

12 Tommy Lee Jones - The Fugitive Tommy Lee Jones - The Fugitive Tommy Lee Jones is an American actor and filmmaker. He has received four Academy Award nominations, winning a Best Supporting Actor.

Ralph Fiennes should have won that year for Schindler's list... obviously. But this guy gets the oscar for his usual already seen a thousand times kind of performance

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

Leonardo Dicaprio got robbed

Jones plays your everyday cop, as thousands of other actors have done on average T.V. crime dramas. If you want to see truly astonishing performances as cops, watch Frances McDormand in "Fargo" or Willem Dafoe in "The Boondock Saints". The latter of which wasn't even nominated for an Oscar. - Martin_Canine

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13 Sandra Bullock - The Blind Side

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 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 just an ok actress but certainly not exeptional. How she managed to win an oscar is therefor a real mystery. She's not worthy as an actress for oscar material. She's concidered as America's sweetheart ( how the hell is that possible by the way? ) and I guess they did gave her an oscar just to keep her fans happy. On the other hand I'm happy they give that year to her an oscar and not to the overrated Meryl Streep for her role in " Julie and Julia " where Amy Adams should have nominated and win for that!
So, undeserved ; yes, but rather her than Meryl Streep!

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14 Sean Penn - Mystic River

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

I rather perceived his acting as bad in this one although I would generally consider myself as a fan of his

This performance is one of the best ever. Johnny Depp was also outstanding as Jack Sparrow, but Penn was a little better.

He sucks. he's only in movies becausde his father was director leo penn.

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15 Kevin Spacey - American Beauty Kevin 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...

I think that Kevin Spacey was really good in that movie and he is surely a oscar worthy winning actor. The problem is that this movie was not a oscar worthy movie at the first place. So, it's almost a shame that he won an oscar for a stupid movie. They should let him win an oscar for one of his better films instead than this one.

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

Don't comment idiots.It means you are upvoting it.

16 Robin Williams - Good Will Hunting

Robert Forster (Jackie Brown), Greg Kinnear (As Good as It Gets) and Burt Reynolds (Boogie Nights) were better. - Irina2932

As much as I love Robin Williams, I have to say it wasn't his best performance :( RIP Robin

He deserved this award

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

17 Cuba Gooding Jr. - Jerry Maguire Cuba Gooding Jr. - Jerry Maguire Cuba Gooding Jr. is an American actor. He is best known for his breakthrough role as Tre Styles in Boyz n the Hood, his role in Tuskegee Airmen, TheThe Tuskegee Airmen', 'his Academy Award–winning role as Rod Tidwell in Cameron Crowe's Jerry Maguire, his role in the epic Pearl Harbor as historical more.

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.

If anyone from this movie was going to win an oscar, it should've been tom, then again I don't see why it got a single nomination..

William H.Macy or Edward Norton deserved this one

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18 Emma Stone - La La Land Emma Stone - La La Land Emily Jean "Emma" Stone is an American actress. One of the world's highest-paid actresses, she has won the Academy Award Best Actress Award, been nominated for two British Academy Film Awards and two Golden Globe Awards, and has won two Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Totally deserved. I didn't see the movie yet but I've read non-professional critics ( even non--fans of Emma Stone ) all saying that she was outstanding. As for Amy Adams, it's sure that she was snubbed but certainly not because of Emma Stone. They nominated Meryl Streep for best leading actress once again ( and very undeserved. Thank God she didn't win ) and that was in my opinion the snub for Amy Adams. Not Emma Stone.

It's clear that the Best Actress is between Natalie Portman and Isabelle Huppert and then her name was called, so underwhelming performance though

Even Amy Adams who got snubbed for Arrival did a better performance than her

Need I say more? It's obvious who really deserved the Best Actress during that time and it's not her

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19 Christoph Waltz - Django Unchained Christoph Waltz - Django Unchained Christoph Waltz is an Austrian-German actor that has won 2 Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor for his collaborations with director Quentin Tarantino in Inglourious Basterds and 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 is a good actor but not very versatile as an actor. Not good enough to be an oscar-worthy actor. He's just too overrated. Didn't deserve an oscar for this movie or any other movie.

He was so good in "Django Unchained", but Philip Seymour Hoffman was better in "The Master"

He sucks. and both of those movies suck.

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20 Penelope 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

Overacting at his fullest. Mediocre actress in every movie she has done.

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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. Denzel Washington - Training Day
3. Jennifer Lawrence - Silver Linings Playbook
1. Gwyneth Paltrow - Shakespeare In Love
2. Reese Witherspoon - Walk the Line
3. Anne Hathaway - Les Miserables



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