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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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Anna Paquin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - The Piano (1993)
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Goldie Hawn is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Cactus Flower (1969)
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Marlee Matlin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - Children of a Lesser God (1986)
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Jared Leto is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
CraigAlarm added Best Supporting Actor - Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
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Anne Hathaway is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Les Misérables (2012)
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Geena Davis is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - The Accidental Tourist (1988)
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Jon Voight is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - Coming Home (1978)
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Art Carney is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - Harry and Tonto (1974)
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Sean Penn is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - Mystic River (2003) and Milk (2008)
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Jack Palance is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
CraigAlarm added Best Supporting Actor - City Slickers (1991)
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Penélope Cruz is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
BidtorEncinas added Best Supporting Actress - Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
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Rachel Weisz is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - The Constant Gardener (2005)
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Rex Harrison is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - My Fair Lady (1964)
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Tatum O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Paper Moon (1973)
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Hilary Swank is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - Boys Don't Cry (1999) and Million Dollar Baby (2004)
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Michael Douglas is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - Wall Street (1987)
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Mary Steenburgen is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - Melvin and Howard (1980)
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Patricia Arquette is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
CraigAlarm added Best Supporting Actress - Boyhood (2014)
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Mercedes Ruehl is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - The Fisher King (1991)
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Nicole Kidman is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - The Hours (2002)
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Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
oldseadogie added Best Actor - The Revenant (2015)
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Red Buttons is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actor - Sayonara (1957)
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Beatrice Straight is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Network (1976)
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Emma Stone is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
The Amazing Spider-Man, Zombieland, Superbad
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Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Snubbed added Remember the Titans, Glory, Training Day