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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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Gwyneth Paltrow is listed (or ranked) 3 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) 4 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Roberto Benigni Best Actor - Life Is Beautiful (1998)

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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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Angelina Jolie is listed (or ranked) 6 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) 7 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Jennifer Hudson Best Supporting Actress - Dreamgirls (2006)

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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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Nicolas Cage is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Nicolas Cage Best Actor - Leaving Las Vegas (1995)

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Whoopi Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Whoopi Goldberg Best Supporting Actress - Ghost (1990)

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Kim Basinger is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Kim Basinger Best Supporting Actress - L.A. Confidential (1997)

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Cuba Gooding, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Cuba Gooding, Jr. Best Supporting Actor - Jerry Maguire (1996)

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Mira Sorvino is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Mira Sorvino Best Supporting Actress - Mighty Aphrodite (1995)

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Barbra Streisand is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Barbra Streisand Best Actress - Funny Girl (1968)

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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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Anna Paquin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Anna Paquin 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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Julia Roberts is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Julia Roberts 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
Jennifer Lawrence Best Actress - Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

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Mo'Nique Imes-Jackson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Mo'Nique Best Supporting Actress - Precious (2009)

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Marisa Tomei is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Marisa Tomei Best Supporting Actress - My Cousin Vinny (1992)

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Helen Hunt is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Helen Hunt Best Actress - As Good as It Gets (1997)

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John Wayne is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
John Wayne Best Actor - True Grit (1969)

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Mary Steenburgen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Mary Steenburgen Best Actress - Melvin and Howard (1980)

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Nicole Kidman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Nicole Kidman Best Actress - The Hours (2002)

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Marlee Matlin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Marlee Matlin Best Actress - Children of a Lesser God (1986)

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Adrien Brody is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Adrien Brody Best Actor - The Pianist (2002)

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Mercedes Ruehl is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Mercedes Ruehl Best Actress - The Fisher King (1991)

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George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
George Clooney Best Supporting Actor - Syriana (2005)

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Geena Davis is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Geena Davis Best Supporting Actress - The Accidental Tourist (1988)

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Rex Harrison is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Rex Harrison Best Actor - My Fair Lady (1964)

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Tatum O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Tatum O'Neal Best Supporting Actress - Paper Moon (1973)

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Art Carney is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Art Carney Best Actor - Harry and Tonto (1974)

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Rachel Weisz is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Rachel Weisz Best Supporting Actress - The Constant Gardener (2005)

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Anne Hathaway is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Anne Hathaway Best Supporting Actress - Les Misérables (2012)

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Sean Penn is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Sean Penn Best Actor - Mystic River (2003) and Milk (2008)

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Goldie Hawn is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Goldie Hawn Best Supporting Actress - Cactus Flower (1969)

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Michael Douglas is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Michael Douglas Best Actor - Wall Street (1987)

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Miyoshi Umeki is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Miyoshi Umeki Best Supporting Actress - Sayonara (1957)

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Red Buttons is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Red Buttons Best Supporting Actor - Sayonara (1957)

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Beatrice Straight is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Beatrice Straight Best Supporting Actress - Network (1976)

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Bing Crosby is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Bing Crosby Best Actor - Going My Way (1944)

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Patricia Arquette is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Patricia Arquette Best Supporting Actress - Boyhood (2014)

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Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Leonardo DiCaprio Best Actor - The Revenant (2015)

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Ed Begley is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Ed Begley Best Supporting Actor - Sweet Bird of Youth (1962)

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Cliff Robertson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Cliff Robertson Best Actor - Charly (1968)

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Jared Leto is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Jared Leto Best Supporting Actor - Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

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Hilary Swank is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Hilary Swank Best Actress - Boys Don't Cry (1999) and Million Dollar Baby (2004)

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Grace Kelly is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Grace Kelly Best Actress - Country Girl (1954)