Most Undeserving Oscar Winners

Irina2932

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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

Emmanuelle Riva deserved the Oscar.

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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.

She was just being her minus legally blonde

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 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.

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

Leonardo Dicaprio got robbed

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6 Art 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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7 Anne Hathaway - Les Miserables

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.

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

8 Judy Holliday - Born Yesterday
9 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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10 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.

The Contenders

11 Ernest Borgnine - Marty
12 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.

13 Gary Cooper - Sergeant York Gary Cooper - Sergeant York Gary Cooper (born Frank James Cooper; May 7, 1901 – May 13, 1961) was an American film actor known for his natural, authentic, and understated acting style and screen performances. His career spanned thirty-five years, from 1925 to 1960, and included leading roles in eighty-four feature films. He ...read more.
14 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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15 Joel Grey - Cabaret
16 Renee Zellweger - Cold Mountain Renee Zellweger - Cold Mountain

Well deserved performance

17 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

18 Charles Coburn - The More the Merrier
19 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.

The problem with this performance is, the movie is so bad, it is impossible for her to be above fine. She's a talented actress, but she should have won for something else

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20 Ingrid Bergman - Murder on the Orient Express
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