Most Undeserving Oscar Winners
The Top Ten
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
They gave her and oscar just for being funny, not for being a good actress, david O. Russell is overrated!
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...
Hollywood politics come into play when your father is Bruce Paltrow and your mother is Blythe Danner. Did she also go to USC as a rower?
Gwyneth Paltrow is NOT at all a good actress, let alone an academy awarding winning one?! Are you f-ing kidding me? The only reason she won the Oscar was the nepotism she carries in Hollywood, plus whatever (then) connections she had with Harvey Weinstein...Cate Blanchett was ROBBED big time over this!
Shakespeare in Love was a fluffy, entirely average romantic romp. To this day it's regularly featured at or near the top of lists of the "worst best picture winners" and with good reason. Nothing about the film stood out to me, including Gwyneth's performance. It served its purpose just fine and was then promptly forgotten, or at least would have been if Miramax hadn't bought the ceremony that year. - miketheratguy
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.
She was just being her minus legally blonde
Her performance was very amateurish.
Denzel Washington is a tremendous actor and a credit to his African American heritage in the business. I can not say he's not deserving for Training Day, I can only say there are performances he's been more award worthy - robertcharlesmanson
I very much enjoyed Training Day and Denzel's performance in it. Many have said that he only won because Crowe was notoriously obnoxious, confrontational and self-aggrandizing during the campaigning, and thus didn't deserve the award. Others have said that Denzel's win was politically motivated as that year's historic ceremony also gave Oscars to Halle Berry, Sidney Poitier, and was hosted by Whoopi Goldberg. To be honest I don't think that either Training Day OR A Beautiful Mind were profoundly excellent cinema, nor were their performances among the best of all-time, but if I had to pick between them I'd probably lean a bit towards Denzel. I just thought that he left more of an impression. - miketheratguy
Russell Crowe was much better in A Beautiful Mind that year - Irina2932
russell crowe should have won for a beautiful mind
Anne Hathaway is an ass kisser who just planted her lips years before Les Miserables so it was inevitable unfortunately - robertcharlesmanson
I think Anne Hathaway was the best in her category. Her "I Dreamed a Dream" is just awesome.
This movie is about 167 minutes and Hathaway's screen time most likely about 15-20 minutes and aind doing anything special.. that's all about make up, costume and lightning. She ain't add anything groundbreaking
She comes in for a few minutes, sings terribly, and wins. Jennifer Lawrence gave one hell of a performance.
I liked Helen Hunt in As Good as it Gets and mostly everything she's ever done so I'm pretty firm on the right choice being made - robertcharlesmanson
I only saw AGAIG once and don't really remember much about it. I thought that everyone in it was good, if not especially Oscar-worthy. In general though I don't think that Helen Hunt is a particularly great actress. Kind of cute and funny sometimes but that's about it. Her weird expressions and body language (she seems to always be sticking her face forward with confused eyes and her mouth half-open like some kind of lizard) just kind of annoy me. - miketheratguy
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
Her acting was horrid in this movie, I still don't know why she won.
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.
John Wayne is overrated in general. Because the guy only knew how to play a swaggering, drawling blowhard I guess everyone was supposed to think that he was something special. - miketheratguy
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.
In my humble opinion, she did a lousy job of acting. It was obvious she was trying too hard. Her character did not seem natural or believable.
It was a pretty competitive year but I think that Renee did just fine. - miketheratguy
Well deserved performance
Edward Norton walked away with the Oscar this year, but somehow a ranting, screaming maniac was allowed to run over and yank it from his hands. I think the Academy only brought him back one single time - the following year, to present the best supporting actress award (as is customary) - and then never mentioned him again. Seriously, when's the last time the world, let alone the Oscars, ever made a point of acknowledging this win? There's probably a good reason for that. - miketheratguy
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!
Widely recognized as THE example of the Academy's habit of occasionally handing out an "overdue" Oscar to an inferior accomplishment to make up for previous snubs of more deserving efforts. Nothing more to see here. - miketheratguy
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
Worst Oscar clip ever! I think the line was, "I don't care." Why do I know this? It's been over 20 years and I can't forget a clip so stupid. As far as the Oscar that year, well it's a toss up between all nominees, Tommy Lee Jones paid his dues and I can't argue with that - robertcharlesmanson
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
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.
I remember laughing with shock when Sandra Bullock won an Oscar. I could barely reconcile those words: "Sandra Bullock has won an Oscar". And what did she win an Oscar for? An equally (and by equally I mean obscenely) overrated piece of inoffensive comedy sap in which she plays a sassy mama to some lumbering adopted goon of a football player. The popularity of this movie was a joke and she got by on sheer goodwill, not actual acting. The fact that she's all but disappeared from major motion pictures since that point makes me wonder if she decided to quit while she was ahead. - miketheratguy
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.
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.
Agreed. Meryl Streep is a fine actress, or at least used to be, but she doesn't need to be nominated for everything. - miketheratguy
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
One of the most disappointing Oscar results not only during that year but also in the history of the award ceremony
An unpleasant character in a depressing movie filled with even more unpleasant characters. Penn was fine but didn't do much to earn the award other than yell passionately in one big scene. He's been better in other films, he just won for this because it was perceived to be "his time". - miketheratguy
This performance is one of the best ever. Johnny Depp was also outstanding as Jack Sparrow, but Penn was a little better.
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 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
Kevin Spacey was very good in American Beauty and I feel that the win is deserved. After the events of 2017 I just don't think I want to see it again. - miketheratguy
This was a very strong category in 1997 and pretty much any of the nominated performances would have been a justified win. Longterm goodwill (no pun intended) probably made Williams the sentimental favorite but the fact remains that this was one of his best performances. As a character who had multiple facets of patience, understanding, frustration, joy, and quiet heartbreak, Williams nailed a complex role with subtlety and credibility. A well-deserved win in my opinion. - miketheratguy
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
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.
I enjoyed Jerry Maguire and Gooding's performance in it, but I didn't think that it was anything award-worthy. Just because someone is charismatic and funny doesn't mean that it constitutes "good acting". Norton or Macy (in that order, in my opinion) should have gone home with the award this year. - miketheratguy
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..
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?
Extremly undeserving. This was Tom Cruise's Oscar. Michael Caine is a great actor but this wasn't one of his best works. He was the weakest of the nominees by a large margin and he shouldn't have even been nominated as Chris Cooper in American Beauty was far better. - Tia-Harribel
Michael Caine was the definition of class and humility when he accepted the award, which immediately nullified the irritation that I felt upon hearing his name called. That said, I feel that each of the other nominees happened to put in objectively superior performances that year (with the exception of Jude Law, whose film I didn't see). - miketheratguy
I really love this actor, but he didn't deserve to win. Either Tom Cruise (Magnolia), Michael Clarke Duncan (The Green Mile), or Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense) should've won.
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.
Charlton Heston was good at who he actually plays: himself! - Dancedom
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?
Yes, actually. The performance should reflect the tone of the film. - Billyv
Watson and Brenda Blethyn should have tied that year.
She was OK but Sigourney Weaver (Aliens), Jane Fonda (The Morning After) and Kathleen Turner (Peggy Sue Got Married) were much more impressive! - Irina2932
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.
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"
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.
Twice in a row for two Tarantino movies (of all things) seemed a bit much. - miketheratguy
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
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 ).
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
She was OK, but Ellen Burstyn gave the best performance of the last decade. It was a shame!
Always the same over emoting performance.
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.
She's a horrible actress. - MissionImpossible
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
The worst one in the category.How is it not in the top 10?
This film totally deserved the Oscar. It’s a much better film than Forrest Gump and four weddings and a funeral. Don’t even know why he is on this list.
Richard Curtis got screwed big time. The only reason Four Weddings and a Funeral didn't win that screenplay oscar was that the academy has a bias against rom coms.
Quentin Tarantino won a screenplay oscar for a film which has no plot.
While Quentin was being self indulgent trying to portray Uma Thurman as a sex goddess, Richard Curtis, who created successful T.V. series Blackadder and Vicar of Dibley, showed Americans how to do a rom-com. In other words, at that year's oscars, Richard Curtis got screwed. - jezza0
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.
Hanks was excellent as Forrest Gump. He made the character a major landmark of pop culture and was at turns humorous and completely sympathetic. It's a great performance even if the film itself seems to be increasingly regarded as little more than a safe, simple love letter to the liberal politics of the baby boomer generation. - miketheratguy
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
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
Matthew McConaughey won an Oscar before Leonardo DiCaprio did. I'm not expressing an opinion, I'm just offering a fact. - miketheratguy
Matt was really good, but Leo DiCaprio was better.
It was a very great performance, but Mickey Rourke was heartbreaking in "The Wrestler".
Mickey Rourke singlehandedly (if all-too-briefly) resurrected his career with the performance of a lifetime in a raw, heartbreaking story that he and he alone seemed specifically born to play. Let's give the award to Sean Penn. - miketheratguy
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.
She wasn’t even good enough to have received a nomination, let alone winning it.
Either Barbra Streisand for The Way We Were OR Ellen Burnytn for The Excorist
Overrated actress, harsh, ugly voice, and lousy in comedy. I am bewildered how she managed to even get Nominated.
I adored Whoopi in this role. She was a charismatic schemer, yet funny and completely lovable at the same time. The film simply wouldn't have been the same without her - not only because her role is extremely pivotal, but because she played it in a way that helped to make the extraordinary relatable. Sadly it's also the very definition of the term "magic negro", but that's another conversation for someone else to have. - miketheratguy
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.
Sympathy oscar for this buffoon
Rex was great at portraying his role of Professor Higgins though I still find Julie Andrews should have gotten the role of Eliza. But then again, Julie wouldn't have been able to win an oscar for Mary Poppins. Julie is great I'm so glad she's not on this list but Rex deserved his oscar.
Peter sellers was robbed.
I haven't seen the other films nominated in this category so I couldn't say whether Marisa deserved it or not. I'm just happy that, after years of rumor and jokes, additional nominations seemed to demonstrate to people that no, her Oscar win was NOT a complete mistake that was just allowed to go unchecked. She's a good actress (and was a force of nature in this role) but it's open for debate whether she should have won. - miketheratguy
Sorry Judy Davis was Robbed
She was good but Judi Dench was ROBBED.
She was ok but not exeptional enough to actually win an oscar for this movie. Marisa Tomei is a very adorable and highly talented woman and I think she did enough movies afterwards that were much better and certainly played better than " My Cousin Vinny ". They should have let her win an oscar ( there are choises enough ) for one of her other movies. After all she's an oscar worthy actress.
Judy was great in this picture. But if we compare her performance between the other nominees she have no chance to win. Gloria Swanson for Sunset Boulevard, Bette Davis or even Anne Baxter (both for All About Eve) deserve the Oscar more than Judy. I still get mad about their lost in front of the tipical dumb blonde performance that Judy gave in Born Yesterday.
This was an instance of a character actor known mainly for dramas doing a comic turn, so they rewarded him. But Claude Rains in Casablanca that year was the more deserving, nuanced performance. Rains never won an Oscar over a career of great performances.
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.
Imelda Staunton should have won this year
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.
Anne Bancroft should have won for the Graduate
Katharine Hepburn was great as usual,but this year,Anne Bancroft should have won for The Graduate