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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
3,675 1,851
Gwyneth Paltrow is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - Shakespeare in Love (1998)

2
3,453 2,017
Cher is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - Moonstruck (1987)

3
3,142 2,362
Halle Berry is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - Monster's Ball (2001)

4
2,444 2,090
Roberto Benigni is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - Life Is Beautiful (1998)

5
2,578 2,148
Renée Zellweger is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - Chicago (2002)

6
2,832 2,147
Nicolas Cage is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - Leaving Las Vegas (1995)

7
3,013 2,835
Angelina Jolie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Girl, Interrupted (1999)

8
2,466 2,073
Whoopi Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Ghost (1990)

9
2,273 1,688
Jennifer Hudson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Dreamgirls (2006)

10
2,019 1,897
Catherine Zeta-Jones is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Chicago (2002)

11
2,219 1,877
Cuba Gooding, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actor - Jerry Maguire (1996)

12
1,800 1,692
Kim Basinger is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - L.A. Confidential (1997)

13
1,896 1,593
Barbra Streisand is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - Funny Girl (1968)

14
1,500 1,280
Mira Sorvino is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Mighty Aphrodite (1995)

15
1,827 2,125
Reese Witherspoon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - Walk the Line (2005)

16
1,943 2,104
Julia Roberts is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - Erin Brockovich (2000)

17
1,896 2,371
Sandra Bullock is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - The Blind Side (2009)

18
1,278 1,521
Anna Paquin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - The Piano (1993)

19
1,908 2,304
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
1,659 2,011
Jamie Foxx is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - Ray (2004)

21
1,242 1,014
Mo'Nique Imes-Jackson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Precious (2009)

22
1,258 1,834
Marisa Tomei is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - My Cousin Vinny (1992)

23
1,344 1,605
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
1,442 1,913
John Wayne is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - True Grit (1969)

25
813 847
George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actor - Syriana (2005)