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Added by ranna on 22 Mar 2010 04:42
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Top 15 Worst Oscar Performances

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People who added this item 429 Average listal rating (247 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7.1
Moonstruck (1987)
Won: actress in a leading role - Cher

The horrid outfit Cher wore to the Oscars is more memorable than her performance. Or this movie, for that matter.
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People who added this item 3024 Average listal rating (1896 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.6
Won: actor in a leading role - Roberto Begnini
Should have won: Edward Norton from American History X

A bad comedian tries to make "an artistic" film about the horrors of the holocaust. And it ends up looking like a mockery of the tragic events.
The Academy was smokin' some serious crack in '97.
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People who added this item 118 Average listal rating (66 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.6
Won: actress in a leading role - Judy Holliday
Should have won: Bette Davis from All About Eve

A basic one-note-romantic-comedy-performance over one of Bette Davis' best roles?
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People who added this item 2502 Average listal rating (1518 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7.2
Won: actress in a leading role - Gwyneth Paltrow
Should have won: Cate Blanchett from Elizabeth
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People who added this item 6273 Average listal rating (4262 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8.5
Gladiator (2000)
Won: actor in a leading role - Russell Crowe
Should have won: Ed Harris from Pollock

Talk about subtle delivery.
"Are you not entertained? ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?!?!"
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People who added this item 2512 Average listal rating (1569 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.3
Won: actress in a leading role - Julia Roberts
Should have won: Ellen Burstyn from Requiem for a Dream

America's sweetheart proves that she can actually smile and frown. And all in one movie!
So naturally she is awarded instead of Ellen Burstyn's tour-de-force perfonmance.
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People who added this item 1566 Average listal rating (1008 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8
Won: actor in a leading role - Al Pacino
Should have won: Denzel Washington from Malcom X

Look mom, it's a condolence Oscar! Ironically Denzel got his years later from the one note screaming-from-the-top-of-his-lungs performance in Training Day.
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People who added this item 667 Average listal rating (372 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.9
Cabaret (1972)
Won: actor in a supporting role - Joel Grey
Should have won: Al Pacino or James Caan from The Godfather

In case you haven't seen Cabaret - Joel Grey has about two lines in the movie. He plays the "Master of Ceremonies". That's right, no-one over bothered to name his sorry ass character.
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People who added this item 1285 Average listal rating (729 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.9
My Fair Lady (1964)
Won: actor in a leading role - Rex Harrison
Should have won: Peter Sellers from Dr. Strangelove

While Peter Sellers played three characters in one of the best films ever made, Rex Harrison starred in a musical. AND DIDN'T EVEN BOTHER TO SING.
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People who added this item 2612 Average listal rating (1704 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.7
Won: actress in a leading role - Helen Hunt

So, she basically portrays the same character as in Mad About You. Which also sucks.
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People who added this item 752 Average listal rating (439 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.5
Dreamgirls (2006)
Won: actress in a supporting role - Jennifer Hudson
Should have won: Rinko Kikuchi from Babel
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People who added this item 1932 Average listal rating (1312 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.8
The Fugitive (1993)
Won: actor in a supporting role - Tommy Lee Jones
Should have won: Ralph Fiennes from Schindler's List
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People who added this item 1825 Average listal rating (1062 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.2
Cold Mountain (2003)
Won: actress in a supporting role - Renée Zellweger

Something about Zellweger just pisses me off.

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People who added this item 1232 Average listal rating (730 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8.1
Ben-Hur (1959)
Won: actor in a leading role - Charlton Heston

I love you Charlton, but you have the emotional range of a brick wall.
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People who added this item 1960 Average listal rating (1117 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.6
Milk (2008)
Won: actor in a leading role - Sean Penn
Should have won: Mickey Rourke from The Wrestler

Sean Penn is not a bad actor, but he has a tendency to overact. He's like a tasty, but an overly sweet dessert - best when served in small portions. But a leading role in a boring Hollywood drama?
I'll pass.
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The Academy must be on crack sometimes.

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Posted: 6 years, 8 months ago at Mar 24 13:47
Don't know if you take suggestions, but here's one anyway:

Tilda Swinton's performance in Michael Clayton is just fine but it has nothing Oscar-worthy about it. Still, she picked up the award from best supporting role right under Cate Blanchett's nose, who was entitled to it due to her performance in I'm Not There.

This would mess up your neat top-15 though but give it a thought. :)
Posted: 6 years, 8 months ago at Mar 24 15:15
Clooney in Syriana?
Not that he was bad, but Oscar.. Come on!
Posted: 6 years, 8 months ago at Mar 24 17:20
I'm in agreement with a lot of these, especially with Sandra Bullock from this year. And after seeing Into the Wild Sean Penn may be a better director than actor.
Posted: 6 years, 8 months ago at Mar 24 19:45
How about Tilda Swinton in Michael Clayton? It's not a bad film as such (even if somewhat formulaic), but Swinton's performance was about as exciting as watching paint dry... Whereas Cate Blanchett captured Bob Dylan to the T, so to speak, in I'm Not There.

Oi! Apparently I must be on crack as well, how did I not see bob loblaw's comment before I wrote this...
Posted: 6 years, 8 months ago at Mar 25 13:48
Where's Sandra Bullock for The Blind Side?
Posted: 6 years, 8 months ago at Mar 25 15:52
Thanks for your comments, guys! :)

I actually haven't seen The Blind Side, since it premiered in Finland just about a week ago. (And spending my well-earned cash on Sandra Bullock hasn't tempted me yet.) But I think that her win was very similar to Julia Roberts'. You know, America's sweetheart goes all serious.

You're right about Michael Clayton, it was a very mediocre performance. If this was a top 20, it would have surely made the cut! (As well as Cuba Gooding Jr. in Jerry Maguire.)
Posted: 6 years, 8 months ago at Mar 26 18:35
I disagree with most of your substitutes. Different strokes for different folks, I suppose.
Posted: 6 years, 8 months ago at Mar 27 12:16
manband: Everyone is titled to their own opinion. :)
It would be great to hear your choices, though!
Posted: 5 years ago at Nov 19 8:40
Good list; but are you serious about putting Gladiator on there with those other lousy movies? Come on now.....
Posted: 4 years, 8 months ago at Mar 22 3:27
Hello. I'd just like to point out that "Moonstruck" was a low-budget film and though it lost to "The Last Emperor" for best picture, it is still far more well-remembered. Does ANYBODY remember the last Emperor? Moonstruck, on the other hand, is a classic American comedy. I like Cher's performance especially in that she maintains a steady Italian accent. She never over-does it, but she also never loses it. She is ALWAYS genuinely Italian. Though it's a very simple film, Moonstruck has premise, conflict and character development. Moonstruck is a film that can remind us that good movies are not about big budgets and special effects: they are made with good screenplays (oh, it won an Oscar for that, too) quality acting and good directing.
Edit: 4 years, 8 months ago
Posted: 4 years, 4 months ago at Jul 19 15:16
I agree with sammccrea...Moonstruck was a simple film yet quite satisfying. Interesting characters and situations, and a very subtle approach to storytelling that leads you in. I don't remember the competing movies or actors from that year but Moonstruck definitely should have been among the considered.

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