Oscars 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
3,264 1,603
Gwyneth Paltrow is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - Shakespeare in Love (1998)

2
3,139 1,755
Cher is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - Moonstruck (1987)

3
2,896 2,054
Halle Berry is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - Monster's Ball (2001)

4
2,243 1,864
Roberto Benigni is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - Life Is Beautiful (1998)

5
2,538 1,862
Nicolas Cage is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - Leaving Las Vegas (1995)

6
2,359 1,915
Renée Zellweger is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - Chicago (2002)

7
2,774 2,529
Angelina Jolie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Girl, Interrupted (1999)

8
2,100 1,437
Jennifer Hudson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Dreamgirls (2006)

9
1,862 1,643
Catherine Zeta-Jones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Chicago (2002)

10
2,232 1,811
Whoopi Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Ghost (1990)

11
1,662 1,480
Kim Basinger is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - L.A. Confidential (1997)

12
2,037 1,626
Cuba Gooding, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actor - Jerry Maguire (1996)

13
1,726 1,384
Barbra Streisand is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - Funny Girl (1968)

14
1,383 1,104
Mira Sorvino is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Mighty Aphrodite (1995)

15
1,669 1,855
Reese Witherspoon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - Walk the Line (2005)

16
1,769 1,820
Julia Roberts is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - Erin Brockovich (2000)

17
1,740 2,049
Sandra Bullock is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - The Blind Side (2009)

18
1,179 1,317
Anna Paquin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - The Piano (1993)

19
1,710 2,024
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
1,533 1,769
Jamie Foxx is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - Ray (2004)

21
1,103 840
Mo'Nique Imes-Jackson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Precious (2009)

22
1,156 1,590
Marisa Tomei is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - My Cousin Vinny (1992)

23
1,232 1,394
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
682 643
George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actor - Syriana (2005)

25
1,316 1,700
John Wayne is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - True Grit (1969)

26
725 896
Mary Steenburgen is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - Melvin and Howard (1980)

27
1,025 1,610
Nicole Kidman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - The Hours (2002)

28
719 914
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
560 679
Mercedes Ruehl is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - The Fisher King (1991)

30
1,023 1,551
Adrien Brody is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - The Pianist (2002)

31
817 877
Goldie Hawn is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Cactus Flower (1969)

32
827 979
Geena Davis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - The Accidental Tourist (1988)

33
612 801
Art Carney is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - Harry and Tonto (1974)

34
678 1,002
Rex Harrison is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - My Fair Lady (1964)

35
722 658
Tatum O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Paper Moon (1973)

36
1,009 1,367
Anne Hathaway is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Les Misérables (2012)

37
698 1,182
Rachel Weisz is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - The Constant Gardener (2005)

38
405 534
Beatrice Straight is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Network (1976)

39
746 1,321
Michael Douglas is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - Wall Street (1987)

40
500 559
Red Buttons is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actor - Sayonara (1957)

41
967 1,437
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
453 449
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
543 642
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
312 382
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
477 630
Miyoshi Umeki is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Sayonara (1957)

46
396 427
Patricia Arquette is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
CraigAlarm added Best Supporting Actress - Boyhood (2014)

47
393 490
Cliff Robertson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - Charly (1968)

48
782 1,186
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
517 597
Bing Crosby is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - Going My Way (1944)

50
432 495
Ed Begley is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actor - Sweet Bird of Youth (1962)