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
3,326 1,659
Gwyneth Paltrow is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - Shakespeare in Love (1998)

2
3,177 1,811
Cher is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - Moonstruck (1987)

3
2,937 2,111
Halle Berry is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - Monster's Ball (2001)

4
2,272 1,908
Roberto Benigni is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - Life Is Beautiful (1998)

5
2,581 1,922
Nicolas Cage is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - Leaving Las Vegas (1995)

6
2,385 1,971
Renée Zellweger is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - Chicago (2002)

7
2,810 2,587
Angelina Jolie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Girl, Interrupted (1999)

8
2,125 1,487
Jennifer Hudson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Dreamgirls (2006)

9
2,268 1,864
Whoopi Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Ghost (1990)

10
1,886 1,700
Catherine Zeta-Jones is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Chicago (2002)

11
2,065 1,678
Cuba Gooding, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actor - Jerry Maguire (1996)

12
1,684 1,536
Kim Basinger is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - L.A. Confidential (1997)

13
1,753 1,431
Barbra Streisand is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - Funny Girl (1968)

14
1,402 1,148
Mira Sorvino is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Mighty Aphrodite (1995)

15
1,693 1,915
Reese Witherspoon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - Walk the Line (2005)

16
1,796 1,884
Julia Roberts is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - Erin Brockovich (2000)

17
1,764 2,117
Sandra Bullock is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - The Blind Side (2009)

18
1,195 1,361
Anna Paquin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - The Piano (1993)

19
1,740 2,083
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
1,553 1,819
Jamie Foxx is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - Ray (2004)

21
1,123 880
Mo'Nique Imes-Jackson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Precious (2009)

22
1,175 1,642
Marisa Tomei is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - My Cousin Vinny (1992)

23
1,254 1,438
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
1,335 1,746
John Wayne is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - True Grit (1969)

25
704 687
George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actor - Syriana (2005)

26
734 935
Mary Steenburgen is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - Melvin and Howard (1980)

27
1,036 1,665
Nicole Kidman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - The Hours (2002)

28
728 956
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
571 713
Mercedes Ruehl is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - The Fisher King (1991)

30
1,044 1,594
Adrien Brody is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - The Pianist (2002)

31
832 914
Goldie Hawn is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Cactus Flower (1969)

32
841 1,019
Geena Davis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - The Accidental Tourist (1988)

33
619 838
Art Carney is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - Harry and Tonto (1974)

34
1,031 1,416
Anne Hathaway is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Les Misérables (2012)

35
688 1,046
Rex Harrison is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - My Fair Lady (1964)

36
739 695
Tatum O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Paper Moon (1973)

37
708 1,225
Rachel Weisz is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - The Constant Gardener (2005)

38
757 1,372
Michael Douglas is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - Wall Street (1987)

39
988 1,480
Sean Penn is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - Mystic River (2003) and Milk (2008)

40
414 569
Beatrice Straight is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Network (1976)

41
511 594
Red Buttons is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actor - Sayonara (1957)

42
469 491
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
560 683
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
484 666
Miyoshi Umeki is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Supporting Actress - Sayonara (1957)

45
317 422
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
411 462
Patricia Arquette is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
CraigAlarm added Best Supporting Actress - Boyhood (2014)

47
403 524
Cliff Robertson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - Charly (1968)

48
793 1,229
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
528 635
Bing Crosby is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actor - Going My Way (1944)

50
501 973
Grace Kelly is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever
Best Actress - Country Girl (1954)