10 Actors Who Don't Deserve Their Oscars

Celebs June 13, 2018 By Hugo

The Academy Awards is supposed to be the pinnacle awards ceremony, but the awards come under the cosh when members select winners that shouldn't even have been nominated!

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The injustices go back many years, and there are countless examples of actors who have put in excellent performances only to have their work overlooked by a stuffy 80-year-old who only votes for actors who deliver fake British accents.

To prove our point, here are 10 actors who shouldn't have won an Oscar.


1. Roberto Benigni

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The Italian maverick won our hearts in the pathos-driven WWII movie, Life is Beautiful, a film which sees an imprisoned Jewish father convince his son that their entrapment in a concentration camp is a game. 

While the film was nothing short of spectacular, Benigni's performance was an extension of his usual, happy-go-lucky self. In contrast, Edward Norton's visceral performance as a reformed neo-Nazi skinhead in American History X was a tour de force in exceptional acting. His loss to Benigni was undoubtedly the standout injustice of the 1999 ceremony.


2. Gwyneth Paltrow

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Gwyneth Paltrow may grind the gears of many cinema-goers, but there's no doubting her credentials as an actress. However, her Oscar-winning performance in 1999 for Shakespeare in Love was only possible because Harvey Weinstein was lobbying members of the Academy to give it to her.

Her British accent was perfect, and the film itself wasn't bad either, but if the Oscars are what they say they are, then the Oscar that year should have been awarded to Cate Blanchett for her outstanding work in Elizabeth.


3. George Clooney

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Aside from gaining 35 pounds so he could portray a normal, overweight dude in the political thriller Syriana, George Clooney didn't do a whole lot else in the movie!

Yet somehow the stars aligned for Gorgeous George as he thought off competition from much stronger actors, such as Jake Gyllenhaal's work in Brokeback Mountain, to receive the Best Supporting Actor gong.


4. Meryl Streep

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We know she's acting royalty and all, but there's no way Meryl Streep should have won the Best Actress Oscar for her tepid, average portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in the overrated biopic, The Iron Lady.

Of course, Streep deserves her other Oscars for films such as Kramer vs. Kramer and Sophie's Choice, but 2011's statue should have gone to Glenn Close for her role in Albert Nobbs. A serial-loser who has been nominated six times without ever winning, we can't help but wonder if Close's hopes of an Oscar are now all but gone.


5. Jared Leto

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Jared Leto was annoyingly the talk of the town when he won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Rayon, an idiosyncratic trans woman, in 2013's Dallas Buyers Club.

While Leto is an accomplished actor, it beggared belief that the Academy would overlook the consistently good Michael Fassbender, who put in a far more credible performance as a slave plantation owner in 12 Years a Slave.


6. Jodie Foster

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The recipient of two Best Actress Oscars, Foster should only have one, and it makes matters worse that Glenn Close suffered once more as a result!

Jodie Foster rightly earned her first Oscar for Silence of the Lambs, but her second award in 1988's The Accused was a bit strange considering she beat out Glenn Close for Dangerous Liaisons, which was a considerably better performance. 


7. Judi Dench

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Another Oscar win that was influenced by the now-disgraced producer, Harvey Weinstein. Judi Dench was awarded the Best Supporting Oscar despite only appearing for eight minutes in Shakespeare in Love.

Dench's performances over the years have been nothing short of sublime, but that year's award would have been more credible if it went to Lynn Redgrave for Gods and Monsters.


8. Julia Roberts

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Like the aforementioned Dench, Julia Roberts is a screen gem and national treasure to American audiences, but her Best Actress win didn't do the Oscars much credibility.

Winning it for the 2000 biopic Erin Brockovich, Roberts wasn't bad in the film, but Ellen Burstyn's spine-chilling acting in Requiem for a Dream was far more deserving of the award.


9. Jennifer Hudson

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The American Idol winner won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for 2006's Dreamgirls alongside Beyonce, but aside from her beautiful rendition of "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" Hudson's performance was hardly spellbinding, which is what every Oscar-winning performance should be like, right?

Well judging by the names on our list, apparently not. 


10. Eddie Redmayne

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The Academy loves a British accent, don't they?! Despite an excellent performance as ALS-stricken Cambridge student Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, Redmayne's performance was bettered by Michael Keaton's cinematic return in Birdman.

2014 may not have been unjust as previous years, but most would agree that Keaton's performance was more compelling and definitely more entertaining. 


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