The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever

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Bad actors who have won Oscars, in any category, as determined by the votes and selections of Ranker users. This list contains actors and actresses who, despite winning the Academy Award for Best Actor, Best Actress, or either of the Best Supporting categories, are still unworthy, either for the specific performance that one or just in general career terms. They are weak actors who nevertheless have been overpraised by peers, critics and the general public alike.

A number of actors have won Oscars, only to then have their careers taper off quickly. Adrien Brody won the Academy Award for Best Actor at age 29 in 2003 for the film "The Pianist" (becoming the youngest actor to ever win an Oscar in the category), and has - in the interim - failed to appear in a large number of popular or award-contending films (with a few notable exceptions.) F. Murray Abraham, as well, saw his roles begin to dry up after winning the Academy Award for the role of Salieri in "Amadeus."

Who are the worst actors and actresses who nevertheless have received American acting's highest honor? Who are the worst actors to win Oscars? Help decide by voting for your picks below and adding suggestions that aren't currently featured.
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    Cher is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever


    Cher Best Actress - Moonstruck (1987)

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    Halle Berry is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever


    Halle Berry Best Actress - Monster's Ball (2001)

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    Angelina Jolie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever


    Angelina Jolie Best Supporting Actress - Girl, Interrupted (1999)

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    Jennifer Hudson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever


    Jennifer Hudson Best Supporting Actress - Dreamgirls (2006)

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    Renée Zellweger is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever


    Renée Zellweger Best Actress - Chicago (2002)

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    Gwyneth Paltrow is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever


    Gwyneth Paltrow Best Actress - Shakespeare in Love (1998)

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    Roberto Benigni is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever


    Roberto Benigni Best Actor - Life Is Beautiful (1998)

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    Catherine Zeta-Jones is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever


    Catherine Zeta-Jones Best Supporting Actress - Chicago (2002)

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    Whoopi Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever


    Whoopi Goldberg Best Supporting Actress - Ghost (1990)

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    Cuba Gooding, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever


    Cuba Gooding, Jr. Best Supporting Actor - Jerry Maguire (1996)

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    Best Actor - Leaving Las Vegas (1995)

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    Kim Basinger is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever


    Kim Basinger Best Supporting Actress - L.A. Confidential (1997)

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    Barbra Streisand is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever


    Barbra Streisand Best Actress - Funny Girl (1968)

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    Mira Sorvino is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever


    Mira Sorvino Best Supporting Actress - Mighty Aphrodite (1995)

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    Reese Witherspoon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever


    Reese Witherspoon Best Actress - Walk the Line (2005)

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    Best Supporting Actress - The Piano (1993)

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    Jamie Foxx is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever


    Jamie Foxx Best Actor - Ray (2004)

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    Best Actress - Erin Brockovich (2000)

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    Sandra Bullock is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever


    Sandra Bullock Best Actress - The Blind Side (2009)

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    Jennifer Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever

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    Jennifer Lawrence Best Actress - Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

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    Marisa Tomei is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever


    Marisa Tomei Best Supporting Actress - My Cousin Vinny (1992)

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    Best Actor - True Grit (1969)

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    Mo'Nique is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever


    Mo'Nique Best Supporting Actress - Precious (2009)

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    Best Actress - Melvin and Howard (1980)

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    Best Actress - As Good as It Gets (1997)

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    Best Actress - Children of a Lesser God (1986)

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    Best Actress - The Hours (2002)

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    Best Actor - The Pianist (2002)

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    Rex Harrison is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever


    Rex Harrison Best Actor - My Fair Lady (1964)

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    Mercedes Ruehl is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever


    Mercedes Ruehl Best Actress - The Fisher King (1991)

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    Rachel Weisz is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever


    Rachel Weisz Best Supporting Actress - The Constant Gardener (2005)

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    Art Carney is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever


    Art Carney Best Actor - Harry and Tonto (1974)

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    Best Supporting Actress - The Accidental Tourist (1988)

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    Michael Douglas is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever


    Michael Douglas Best Actor - Wall Street (1987)

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    Tatum O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever


    Tatum O'Neal Best Supporting Actress - Paper Moon (1973)

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    Best Supporting Actress - Cactus Flower (1969)

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    Anne Hathaway is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever


    Anne Hathaway Best Supporting Actress - Les Misérables (2012)

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    Best Supporting Actress - Sayonara (1957)

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    Sean Penn is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever


    Sean Penn Best Actor - Mystic River (2003) and Milk (2008)

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    Octavia Spencer is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever


    Octavia Spencer Best Supporting Actress - The Help (2011)

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    Best Supporting Actress - Network (1976)

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    F. Murray Abraham is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever


    F. Murray Abraham Best Actor - Amadeus (1984)

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    Best Actress - Country Girl (1954)

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    Best Supporting Actor - Sweet Bird of Youth (1962)

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    Bing Crosby is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever


    Bing Crosby Best Actor - Going My Way (1944)

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    Red Buttons is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever


    Red Buttons Best Supporting Actor - Sayonara (1957)

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    Tim Robbins is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever


    Tim Robbins Best Supporting Actor - Mystic River (2003)

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    Best Supporting Actor - The Killing Fields (1984)

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    Jennifer Connelly is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever


    Jennifer Connelly Best Supporting Actress - A Beautiful Mind (2001)

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    Jane Wyman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever


    Jane Wyman Best Actress - Johnny Belinda (1948)

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