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
3,313 1,653
Gwyneth Paltrow is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - Shakespeare in Love (1998)

2
3,174 1,804
Cher is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - Moonstruck (1987)

3
2,934 2,103
Halle Berry is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - Monster's Ball (2001)

4
2,267 1,903
Roberto Benigni is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - Life Is Beautiful (1998)

5
2,574 1,914
Nicolas Cage is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - Leaving Las Vegas (1995)

6
2,380 1,963
Renée Zellweger is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - Chicago (2002)

7
2,804 2,581
Angelina Jolie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Girl, Interrupted (1999)

8
2,121 1,482
Jennifer Hudson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Dreamgirls (2006)

9
2,261 1,858
Whoopi Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Ghost (1990)

10
1,882 1,693
Catherine Zeta-Jones is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Chicago (2002)

11
1,681 1,529
Kim Basinger is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - L.A. Confidential (1997)

12
2,060 1,671
Cuba Gooding, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actor - Jerry Maguire (1996)

13
1,748 1,425
Barbra Streisand is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - Funny Girl (1968)

14
1,398 1,142
Mira Sorvino is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Mighty Aphrodite (1995)

15
1,688 1,908
Reese Witherspoon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - Walk the Line (2005)

16
1,792 1,878
Julia Roberts is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - Erin Brockovich (2000)

17
1,762 2,110
Sandra Bullock is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - The Blind Side (2009)

18
1,192 1,356
Anna Paquin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - The Piano (1993)

19
1,737 2,077
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
1,549 1,814
Jamie Foxx is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - Ray (2004)

21
1,118 876
Mo'Nique Imes-Jackson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Precious (2009)

22
1,172 1,636
Marisa Tomei is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - My Cousin Vinny (1992)

23
1,249 1,433
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
1,331 1,741
John Wayne is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - True Grit (1969)

25
701 681
George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actor - Syriana (2005)

26
733 930
Mary Steenburgen is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - Melvin and Howard (1980)

27
1,035 1,659
Nicole Kidman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - The Hours (2002)

28
725 950
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
569 708
Mercedes Ruehl is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - The Fisher King (1991)

30
1,042 1,588
Adrien Brody is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - The Pianist (2002)

31
827 910
Goldie Hawn is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Cactus Flower (1969)

32
837 1,015
Geena Davis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - The Accidental Tourist (1988)

33
616 833
Art Carney is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - Harry and Tonto (1974)

34
1,027 1,411
Anne Hathaway is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Les Misérables (2012)

35
736 690
Tatum O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Paper Moon (1973)

36
684 1,041
Rex Harrison is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - My Fair Lady (1964)

37
707 1,218
Rachel Weisz is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - The Constant Gardener (2005)

38
987 1,472
Sean Penn is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - Mystic River (2003) and Milk (2008)

39
756 1,366
Michael Douglas is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - Wall Street (1987)

40
413 563
Beatrice Straight is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Network (1976)

41
508 590
Red Buttons is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actor - Sayonara (1957)

42
467 486
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
558 677
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
483 661
Miyoshi Umeki is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Sayonara (1957)

45
316 417
Jack Palance is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
CraigAlarm added Best Supporting Actor - City Slickers (1991)

46
409 457
Patricia Arquette is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
CraigAlarm added Best Supporting Actress - Boyhood (2014)

47
401 519
Cliff Robertson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - Charly (1968)

48
792 1,222
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
526 629
Bing Crosby is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - Going My Way (1944)

50
499 968
Grace Kelly is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - Country Girl (1954)