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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    Best Actress - Moonstruck (1987)

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    Best Actress - Monster's Ball (2001)

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    Best Supporting Actress - Girl, Interrupted (1999)

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    Best Supporting Actress - Dreamgirls (2006)

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    Best Actress - Chicago (2002)

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    Best Actress - Shakespeare in Love (1998)

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    Best Actor - Life Is Beautiful (1998)

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    Best Supporting Actress - Chicago (2002)

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    Best Actor - Leaving Las Vegas (1995)

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    Best Supporting Actor - Jerry Maguire (1996)

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    Best Supporting Actress - Ghost (1990)

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

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    Best Actress - Funny Girl (1968)

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    Best Supporting Actress - Mighty Aphrodite (1995)

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    Best Actress - Walk the Line (2005)

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    Best Supporting Actress - The Piano (1993)

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    Best Actress - Erin Brockovich (2000)

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    Best Actor - Ray (2004)

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    Best Actress - The Blind Side (2009)

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    Best Supporting Actress - My Cousin Vinny (1992)

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    Best Actress - Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

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    Best Actor - True Grit (1969)

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    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 - The Hours (2002)

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    Best Actress - Children of a Lesser God (1986)

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    Best Actor - The Pianist (2002)

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    Best Actor - My Fair Lady (1964)

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    Best Actress - The Fisher King (1991)

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    Best Supporting Actress - The Constant Gardener (2005)

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    Best Actor - Harry and Tonto (1974)

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    Best Supporting Actress - Cactus Flower (1969)

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    Best Supporting Actress - The Accidental Tourist (1988)

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    Best Supporting Actress - Paper Moon (1973)

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    Best Actor - Wall Street (1987)

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    Best Actor - The Revenant (2015)

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    Best Supporting Actress - Les Misérables (2012)

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    Best Supporting Actor - Sayonara (1957)

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    Best Supporting Actress - Sayonara (1957)

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    Best Supporting Actress - Network (1976)

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

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    Best Supporting Actress - The Help (2011)

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    Best Supporting Actor - Sweet Bird of Youth (1962)

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    Best Actor - Going My Way (1944)

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    Best Actor - Amadeus (1984)

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    Best Supporting Actor - Mystic River (2003)

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    Best Actress - Country Girl (1954)

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    Best Supporting Actor - The Killing Fields (1984)

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    Best Actor - Charly (1968)

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