Award Shows 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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1
3,214 1,581
Gwyneth Paltrow is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - Shakespeare in Love (1998)

2
3,104 1,725
Cher is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - Moonstruck (1987)

3
2,864 2,024
Halle Berry is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - Monster's Ball (2001)

4
2,220 1,838
Roberto Benigni is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - Life Is Beautiful (1998)

5
2,337 1,888
Renée Zellweger is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - Chicago (2002)

6
2,506 1,837
Nicolas Cage is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - Leaving Las Vegas (1995)

7
2,749 2,493
Angelina Jolie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Girl, Interrupted (1999)

8
2,083 1,406
Jennifer Hudson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Dreamgirls (2006)

9
1,848 1,613
Catherine Zeta-Jones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Chicago (2002)

10
2,209 1,780
Whoopi Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Ghost (1990)

11
1,649 1,450
Kim Basinger is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - L.A. Confidential (1997)

12
2,019 1,597
Cuba Gooding, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actor - Jerry Maguire (1996)

13
1,712 1,348
Barbra Streisand is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - Funny Girl (1968)

14
1,372 1,080
Mira Sorvino is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Mighty Aphrodite (1995)

15
1,651 1,826
Reese Witherspoon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - Walk the Line (2005)

16
1,742 1,789
Julia Roberts is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - Erin Brockovich (2000)

17
1,720 2,013
Sandra Bullock is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - The Blind Side (2009)

18
1,170 1,290
Anna Paquin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - The Piano (1993)

19
1,688 1,990
Jennifer Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
kamides added Best Actress - Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

20
1,518 1,736
Jamie Foxx is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - Ray (2004)

21
1,090 818
Mo'Nique Imes-Jackson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Precious (2009)

22
1,143 1,564
Marisa Tomei is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - My Cousin Vinny (1992)

23
1,214 1,372
Helen Hunt is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - As Good as It Gets (1997)

24
665 621
George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actor - Syriana (2005)

25
1,304 1,676
John Wayne is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - True Grit (1969)

26
719 873
Mary Steenburgen is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - Melvin and Howard (1980)

27
1,016 1,577
Nicole Kidman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - The Hours (2002)

28
711 892
Marlee Matlin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - Children of a Lesser God (1986)

29
554 657
Mercedes Ruehl is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - The Fisher King (1991)

30
1,012 1,526
Adrien Brody is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - The Pianist (2002)

31
810 853
Goldie Hawn is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Cactus Flower (1969)

32
821 959
Geena Davis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - The Accidental Tourist (1988)

33
608 779
Art Carney is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - Harry and Tonto (1974)

34
675 979
Rex Harrison is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - My Fair Lady (1964)

35
716 638
Tatum O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Paper Moon (1973)

36
997 1,344
Anne Hathaway is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Les Misérables (2012)

37
401 515
Beatrice Straight is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Network (1976)

38
690 1,160
Rachel Weisz is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - The Constant Gardener (2005)

39
494 538
Red Buttons is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actor - Sayonara (1957)

40
740 1,295
Michael Douglas is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - Wall Street (1987)

41
956 1,410
Sean Penn is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - Mystic River (2003) and Milk (2008)

42
441 425
Penélope Cruz is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
BidtorEncinas added Best Supporting Actress - Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)

43
539 617
Jared Leto is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
CraigAlarm added Best Supporting Actor - Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

44
308 361
Jack Palance is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
CraigAlarm added Best Supporting Actor - City Slickers (1991)

45
475 608
Miyoshi Umeki is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Sayonara (1957)

46
391 407
Patricia Arquette is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
CraigAlarm added Best Supporting Actress - Boyhood (2014)

47
389 471
Cliff Robertson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - Charly (1968)

48
780 1,161
Hilary Swank is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - Boys Don't Cry (1999) and Million Dollar Baby (2004)

49
514 576
Bing Crosby is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - Going My Way (1944)

50
188 196
Emma Stone is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
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