Which Best Actor Oscar winner was the most undeserving?


While there are those Oscar champs who get a warm reception, others leave people cold. Our forum posters have debated the least deserving Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Actress champs. Now they turn their attention to the worst of the Best Actor winners.

Below, just a sample of their thoughts. Join in with your opinion as to which winner was the biggest loser.

Miss Frost

Jamie Foxx should give his Oscar to Leonardo DiCaprio.
Jeff Bridges should give his Oscar to any of the other four.
Kevin Spacey should give his Oscar to Denzel Washington or Russell Crowe.
Roberto Benigni needs to give his Oscar to any of the other four.
Paul Scofield should by far give his to Richard Burton.
Robert Donat needs to give his Oscar to Clark Gable.
Cliff Robertson needs to give his to Peter O’Toole.
Art Carney should give his to Jack Nicholson or Al Pacino.

Mysterious Rent 

The easy top choice for me is Lee Marvin. “Cat Ballou” is such a terrible film, no one could be worthy in it. A truly inexplicable choice.


Roberto Benigni over Ian McKellen for “Gods and Monsters”
Art Carney over Jack Nicholson for “Chinatown”
John Wayne over Dustin Hoffman for “Midnight Cowboy”
Michael Douglas over Marcello Mastroianni for “Dark Eyes”

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As much as I want to vote for Kevin Spacey here, there’s Roberto Benigni’s name staring me in the face, so I have to vote for him instead. One of the worst Oscar wins I’ve seen the Academy bestow to an actor.


Art Carney beat Jack Nicholson, Albert Finney, Dustin Hoffman AND Al Pacino. LOL
Pacino gave one of the most unbelievable performances of all time and Nicholson was outstanding too. Carney won because of his status and, of course, was a lovely performance, but the actors that he was up against were way better.


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9 thoughts on “Which Best Actor Oscar winner was the most undeserving?

  1. Donat for sure. Admittedly, I’ve never seen Goodbye Mr. Chips, but I find it hard to believe that ANYONE could be better than James Stewart in Mr. Smith goes to Washington. Not only that, but Donat’s win caused the Academy to give Stewart the following ye

  2. russell crowe deserved more then kevin spacey in1999. any of the other four actors(finney,hoffman,nicholson,pacino)deserved more then art carney in 1974.

  3. Please, please take back C. Heston’s Osca for Ben Hur. He stole it from Stewart in Anatomy of a Murder and Lemmon in Some like it Hot.

  4. James Stewart was pretty bad in “The Philadelphia Story”, but was given the award because he lost the year before, for “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington”. The Academy has done this many times!

  5. Picking John Wayne over Dustin Hoffman or Dustin Hoffman/Jon Voight in tandem was/is heresy! (and I don’t want to hear that worn out “he was due”. All he did was put on an eyepatch and play John Wayne all over again as in his other movies.

  6. And what is up with all the love for Mr. Smith? James Stewart was playing himself. If he deserved an Oscar, it was for Vertigo.. when he wasn’t playing himself for once. And he didn’t even get nominated.

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