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Actors/Actresses that SHOULD NOT Have Won an Oscar!

Updated on July 3, 2014
Paltrow on Oscar night
Paltrow on Oscar night | Source

Gwyneth Paltrow:

Paltrow won in 1998 for her portrayal of Viola De Lesseps in the movie “Shakespeare in Love.” Yes, Paltrow was cute and sweet in the movie and did a great job filling the part of the love of Shakespeare but maybe it’s her “uncoupling” junk or her “goop” put downs that rubs me the wrong way but Paltrow was very undeserving of this award in 1998. Do I enjoy Paltrow in the Ironman movies, of course, but other than that I can’t stand her acting on the big screen. Even when Paltrow had a reoccurring role for a short amount of time on the television show “Glee,” I found myself skipping episodes so I could avoid watching her terrible acting, singing, and dancing. Paltrow beat out Emily Watson, Meryl Streep, and Cate Blanchett in 98. Yes, I know Streep and Blanchett have plenty of Oscars but that’s because they are great actresses. Paltrow is simply mediocre and last time I checked Oscars are for the best portrayals on the big screen not the okay ones.

Hunt on Oscar night
Hunt on Oscar night | Source

Helen Hunt

Now I may just be bitter because I was a young teenager in love with the movie “Titanic” the year Hunt won her best actress Oscar again Kate Winslet’s Rose from my beloved “Titanic” but come on. Hunt won an Oscar for her role in “As Good As It Gets”! Was this really Oscar worthy acting that she did in the movie? In 1997 Hunt bested Kate Winslet (Titanic), Helena Bonham Carter (The Wings of the Dove) and Judi Dench (Mrs. Brown). Hunt does have acting chops but was she good enough in 97 to beat her contenders? It’s doubtful!

Cuba Gooding Jr. on Oscar night
Cuba Gooding Jr. on Oscar night | Source

Cuba Gooding Jr.

Cuba’s win for best supporting actor in the movie “Jerry Maguire” is almost comical. In the movie Cuba plays the part of a football player that is one of the title characters final athletes that Jerry Maguire represents. Cuba’s biggest part in the movie is the shouting of “Show Me The Money” over the phone to Tom Cruise’s Jerry Maguire. The more comical aspects of this win was that he beat out some really great performances to win his Oscar for his “Show me the money” line. The year Cuba Gooding Jr won, he beat the likes of William H. Macy, Edward Norton, and James Wood. All three actors were very deserving of the Oscar but instead Cuba’s laughable portrayal of a not-so-smart football player won which is completely ridiculous. The best part of Cuba’s acting in the movie “Jerry Maguire” is when he is lying down on the football field being completely quiet. Yeah, he did a good job during that part.

Hudson on Oscar night
Hudson on Oscar night | Source

Jennifer Hudson:

Hudson originally shot to stardom when she appeared on the television show “American Idol.” During her popularity she was cast alongside Jamie Foxx and Beyonce Knowles in the move “Dream Girls.” Hudson’s character does have a fantastic moment in the movie where she belts out a beautiful song, but Hudson spends very little time actually acting and really the small amount of acting she does do isn’t that great. Hudson won her Oscar for Best Supporting actress even though she wasn’t really an actress yet. She had only starred in one movie and throughout the entire movie she was singing. Does singing now equal acting because I have a few singers that I think should win some Oscars then. After winning her Oscar, Hudson went on to star in many movies such as. . . um . . . oh yeah that’s right she didn’t star in very many movies. In fact, I can only think of one movie she has starred in since and that was the part of an assistant in the movie “Sex and the City.” Quite frankly the movie would have been better off leaving her on the cutting room floor.

Goldberg on Oscar night
Goldberg on Oscar night | Source

Whoopi Goldberg:

Wow, is it crazy that I didn’t even know Whoopi won an Oscar for the following role originally! In 1990,Goldberg won an Oscar for her supporting role in “Ghost”. Now of course “Ghost” was a fantastic movie and one of Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze’s best movies. However, did Whoopi Goldberg really show Oscar worthy acting in the movie? She plays a psychic who is pretending to be a real psychic but really ends up being able to talk to ghost. Whatever!!! Whoopi spends most of the movie repeating lines stated first by Swayze’s character and then said by Goldberg’s character. I am still in shock that an Oscar was given to her for this performance. In 1990, Goldberg defeated Mary McDonnell from “Dancing with Wolves” and Annette Bening for her role in “The Grifters.” I don’t know if I will ever get over the shock of Goldberg winning an Oscar for her character in “Ghost.” I am pretty sure I longer respect the Oscars as much as I used to because of this. Yikes.

Philip Seymour Hoffman on Oscar night
Philip Seymour Hoffman on Oscar night | Source

Philip Seymour Hoffman:

It isn’t that Philip Seymour Hoffman didn’t deserve an Ocsar win in 2005, it’s simply was he didn’t deserve over the other contenders that year. Hoffman was up for Best Actor against Heath Ledger’s “Brokeback Mountain” character and Joaquin Phoenix for his role as Johnny Cash in the movie “Walk the Line.” Hoffman won the Oscar for his role in the move “Capote” in 2005, which was very deserving. He did a wonderful job portraying Capote, however, was his performance better than Heath’s or Joaquin’s that year. Let’s just say if Reese Witherspoon won an Oscar for her portrayal of June Carter Cash, then Joaquin definitely deserved it for his portrayal of Johnny Cash.

Zellweger on Oscar night
Zellweger on Oscar night | Source

Renee Zellweger:

In 2003 Zellweger won best supporting actress for her role in “Cold Mountain”. Many found this to be extremely surprising especially since most of the critics and the public felt she was the reason the movie bombed. Her accent in “Cold Mountain” was like scratching nails down a chalkboard. It was almost painful, watching her go through her scenes throughout the movie and most viewers couldn’t wait until she was gone and out of her scene. The less camera time Zellweger had in “Cold Mountain” the better. Zellweger’s win in 2003 was a huge surprise and it’s not one that I have recovered from yet. She beat out relatively unknown actresses Patricia Clarkson and Shohreh Agdashloo.

Hopkins on Oscar Night
Hopkins on Oscar Night | Source

Anthony Hopkins:

Hopkins won an Oscar for his performance in the movie “Silence of the Lambs”. Even though Hopkins is an amazing actor and deserves recognition for all of the wonderful work he has done. His work in “Silence of the Lambs” was not Oscar level material. First off he was only in the movie for a mere five minutes and the small amount of time he was in the movie he spent overacting as the character of Hannibal. Though Hopkins is beloved for his performance in “Silence of the Lambs” and no one else could ever take his place in the movie, was his five minutes of acting really Oscar work? Hopkins won his Oscar in 1991 beating Robin Williams and Robert De Niro for the best actor nod.

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    • Jean Bakula profile image

      Jean Bakula 2 years ago from New Jersey

      I always wonder what The Academy is thinking when I remember to watch the Oscars too. I remember the year Gwyneth Paltrow won, Harrison Ford announced her Oscar, and even he sounded disgusted. I also wonder why Leonardo Di Caprio never wins. He has done an outstanding job in many movies, especially period pieces. He made the Titanic real for a lot of people, and was great in Blood Diamond.

      Maybe they figure it's somebody else's "turn" when a good actor who had won Oscars is in the running again?