Actresses 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
3,186 1,570
Gwyneth Paltrow is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - Shakespeare in Love (1998)

2
3,082 1,720
Cher is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - Moonstruck (1987)

3
2,844 2,014
Halle Berry is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - Monster's Ball (2001)

4
2,211 1,826
Roberto Benigni is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - Life Is Beautiful (1998)

5
2,494 1,824
Nicolas Cage is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - Leaving Las Vegas (1995)

6
2,324 1,883
Renée Zellweger is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - Chicago (2002)

7
2,739 2,478
Angelina Jolie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Girl, Interrupted (1999)

8
2,071 1,399
Jennifer Hudson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Dreamgirls (2006)

9
1,834 1,606
Catherine Zeta-Jones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Chicago (2002)

10
2,193 1,768
Whoopi Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Ghost (1990)

11
1,640 1,439
Kim Basinger is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - L.A. Confidential (1997)

12
2,012 1,586
Cuba Gooding, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actor - Jerry Maguire (1996)

13
1,705 1,335
Barbra Streisand is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - Funny Girl (1968)

14
1,367 1,071
Mira Sorvino is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Mighty Aphrodite (1995)

15
1,644 1,812
Reese Witherspoon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - Walk the Line (2005)

16
1,733 1,778
Julia Roberts is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - Erin Brockovich (2000)

17
1,713 1,999
Sandra Bullock is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - The Blind Side (2009)

18
1,163 1,281
Anna Paquin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - The Piano (1993)

19
1,511 1,721
Jamie Foxx is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - Ray (2004)

20
1,671 1,976
Jennifer Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
kamides added Best Actress - Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

21
1,084 808
Mo'Nique Imes-Jackson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Precious (2009)

22
1,138 1,552
Marisa Tomei is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - My Cousin Vinny (1992)

23
1,207 1,362
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
657 610
George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actor - Syriana (2005)

25
1,297 1,667
John Wayne is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - True Grit (1969)

26
716 866
Mary Steenburgen is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - Melvin and Howard (1980)

27
708 883
Marlee Matlin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - Children of a Lesser God (1986)

28
1,009 1,564
Nicole Kidman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - The Hours (2002)

29
549 652
Mercedes Ruehl is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - The Fisher King (1991)

30
1,007 1,514
Adrien Brody is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - The Pianist (2002)

31
805 842
Goldie Hawn is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Cactus Flower (1969)

32
606 772
Art Carney is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - Harry and Tonto (1974)

33
815 953
Geena Davis is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - The Accidental Tourist (1988)

34
673 972
Rex Harrison is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - My Fair Lady (1964)

35
712 632
Tatum O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Paper Moon (1973)

36
991 1,327
Anne Hathaway is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Les Misérables (2012)

37
685 1,151
Rachel Weisz is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - The Constant Gardener (2005)

38
398 513
Beatrice Straight is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Network (1976)

39
737 1,280
Michael Douglas is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - Wall Street (1987)

40
491 536
Red Buttons is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actor - Sayonara (1957)

41
949 1,398
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
431 415
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
531 606
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
303 359
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
474 605
Miyoshi Umeki is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Sayonara (1957)

46
389 400
Patricia Arquette is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
CraigAlarm added Best Supporting Actress - Boyhood (2014)

47
387 470
Cliff Robertson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - Charly (1968)

48
776 1,153
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
512 574
Bing Crosby is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - Going My Way (1944)

50
427 475
Ed Begley is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actor - Sweet Bird of Youth (1962)