Most Undeserving Oscar WinnersIrina2932
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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
Jennifer Lawrence imfo only deserved a nomination for winter bone and rest is just a paradigm of actor's histrionic, her performances in every David o Russell film that fetched her an Oscar nomination and a win (👿) is nothing but overacting, I mean c:mon she even got nominated for that crass film JoyV 42 Comments
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...
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
Don't deserve an oscar for every movie she's playing. She's a mediocre and overrated actress. END OF STORY!
One reason: Cate BlanchettV 5 Comments
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.
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
Denzel is Spectacular
Clearly one of the Best
He Blows Russell Crowe out of the Water with his performance
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
1993 was an extremely competitive year with some fantastic films and performances. I myself have a great deal of difficulty deciding who I would have voted for in this category. While I think that it would have to be a strong competition between Fiennes and DiCaprio (possibly the best performance of either man's careers), I can't really knock Jones either. He played a determined cop, yes, but a cop who slowly shifts from single-minded intensity to understanding and even sympathy. People remember the charisma and catchphrases but tend to forget the subtlety of tone and expression. His character didn't display the most range, but what was there was actually pretty strong. - miketheratguyV 4 Comments
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?
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
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.
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.
They gave her that award just to spite BeyonceV 6 Comments
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
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.
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.
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
The most God awful,HORRIBLE performance to win an Oscar.All he did was scream.Ian Mckellen and Edward Norton were ROBBED.V 2 Comments
It was a pretty competitive year but I think that Renee did just fine. - miketheratguy
Well deserved performance
This seemed like a compensation for snubbing him from the best actor oscar for The Godfather part 2
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
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
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.
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
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 is a decent actress, but did not deserve the oscar for that movie. The girl didn’t have a dramatic scene in the movie.V 6 Comments
It's clear that the Best Actress is between Natalie Portman and Isabelle Huppert and then her name was called, so underwhelming performance though
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
Even Amy Adams who got snubbed for Arrival did a better performance than her
Emma is a good actress, but her role in La La Land didn’t deserve an Oscar.V 9 Comments
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
He's hammy in everything he does. The scene where he yells "IS THAT MY DAUGHTA IN THEREE! " I couldn't stop rolling my eyes. Plus his character was a truly awful person, just like he is in real life. Not much acting to do there, is it?V 3 Comments
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 awardV 1 Comment
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
I didn't see this one because I've never been impressed by Cruz' alternately cutesy / sassy feisty little Latina shtick. if she brought more than that to this performance then, well, more power to her I suppose. - miketheratguyV 2 Comments
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..
William H.Macy or Edward Norton deserved this oneV 1 Comment
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"
Twice in a row for two Tarantino movies (of all things) seemed a bit much. - miketheratguyV 2 Comments
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?
Watson and Brenda Blethyn should have tied that year.
Charlton Heston was good at who he actually plays: himself! - Dancedom
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.
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
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!
Meryl Streep is capable of excellent acting but it seems that we've crossed a point between "solid and reliable" and "national treasure who must be nominated for every performance", which seems a bit much. - miketheratguyV 4 Comments
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 ).
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. - MissionImpossibleV 1 Comment
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.
Glenn Close should've won instead. 5th Oscar nomination and no wins!
I really love Cher and her acting but in 1987 she wasn't the One and only The Best. - Irina2932
Glenn Close should have won for Fatal Attraction. Amazing performance.
Glenn Close,Sally Kirkland and Holly Hunter were much better
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
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
One of the nost overrated actors ever. He is not as good as critics want us to think.
Sympathy oscar for this buffoon
Overrated actress, harsh, ugly voice, and lousy in comedy. I am bewildered how she managed to even get Nominated.
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
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
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.
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
Altough Jennifer Connelly has proven that she is a wonderful talented actress, she didn't deserve to be nominated ( for her own sake ) for such an overrated movie. I think that the other actresses nominated that year for the movie " In the bedroom " ( Marisa Tomei and Sissy Spacek ) deserved more than Jennifer Connelly a winning oscar. Jennifer Connelly did outstanding performances in so many other movies ( that weren't nominated ) that it's a pitty she won an oscar for this one.
Dench was one of the few things I remember about this film. I recall enjoying the sheer power of her presence, even if the role was somewhere around literally eight minutes of screen time. Good performance? Definitely. Worthy of the Oscar for best supporting actress of the year? Eh, that's a bit more debatable. - miketheratguy
She's only in the film for like 5 minutes, and she lacked character development and depth.
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.
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.
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