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    • 10: Katharine Hepburn, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner – Should Have Won: Anne Bancroft, The Graduate
    • 9: Nicole Kidman, The Hours – Should Have Won: Julianne Moore, Far from Heaven
    • 8: Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side – Should Have Won: Carey Mulligan, An Education
    • 7: Julia Roberts, Erin Brockovich – Should Have Won: Ellen Burstyn, Requiem for a Dream
    • 6: Halle Berry, Monster’s Ball – Should Have Won: Nicole Kidman, Moulin Rouge!/Naomi Watts, Mulholland Drive (not nominated)
    • 5: Reese Witherspoon, Walk the Line – Should Have Won: Felicity Huffman, Transamerica
    • 4: Grace Kelly, The Country Girl – Should Have Won: Judy Garland, A Star Is Born
    • 3: Helen Hunt, As Good as It Gets – Should Have Won: Judi Dench, Mrs. Brown
    • 2: Cher, Moonstruck – Should Have Won: Glenn Close, Fatal Attraction/Holly Hunter, Broadcast News
    • 1: Gwyneth Paltrow, Shakespeare in Love – Should Have Won: Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth

     

    Note: Feel free to write your Top 10 Worst Best Actress Winners.

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    Judy Holliday (1950) Bette Davis’ 3rd Oscar
    Grace Kelly (1954) Dorothy Dandrige 
    Jane Fonda (1978) 2nd Oscar
    Sally Field (1984) 2nd Oscar
    Cher (1987) Category superior to her
    Jodie Foster (1988) Glenn Close
    Frances McDormand (1996) Category fraud / Brenda Blethyn
    Hilary Swank (2004) 2nd Oscar 
    Natalie Portman (2010) Annette Bening
    Jennifer Lawrence (2012) Jessica Chastain

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    Andrew Carden
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    1. Gwyneth Paltrow, “Shakespeare in Love”
    2. Reese Witherspoon, “Walk the Line”
    3. Kate Winslet, “The Reader”
    4. Halle Berry, “Monster’s Ball”
    5. Grace Kelly, “The Country Girl”
    6. Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”
    7. Marlee Matlin, “Children of a Lesser God”
    8. Elizabeth Taylor, “BUtterfield 8”
    9. Nicole Kidman, “The Hours”
    10. Julia Roberts, “Erin Brockovich”
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    VenusInFurs
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    1. Gwyneth Paltrow (Fernanda Montenegro should’ve won)
    2. Reese Witherspoon (Felicity Huffman should’ve won)
    3. Jennifer Lawrence (Jessica Chastain should’ve won)
    4. Katharine Hepburn for GWCTD (Bancroft was kinda supporting imo so Edith Evans should’ve won)
    5. Jane Fonda for CH (Anyone would’ve been a better choice, especially Bergman or Page)
    6. Cher (Close or Holly Hunter should’ve won)
    7. Frances McDormand (She’s supporting and Emily Watson was robbed)
    8. Sally Field for PITH (Redgrave should’ve won)
    9. Jodie Foster for TA (anyone else would’ve been a better choice)
    10. Sandra Bullock (Mulligan or Sidibe should’ve won) 

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    FilmGuy619
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    Can only think of five real head-scratchers:

    Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady (Should’ve won: Rooney Mara, Girl With The Dragon Tattoo)

    Halle Berry, Monster’s Ball (Should’ve won: un-nominated Naomi Watts, Mulholland Dr.)

    Hilary Swank, Million Dollar Baby  (Should’ve won: Kate Winslet, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind)

    Helen Mirren, The Queen (Should’ve won: Judi Dench, Notes On A Scandal or even Meryl Streep, Devil Wears Prada) (Just don’t get the love for this performance)

    Julia Roberts, Erin Brockovich  (Should’ve won: Ellen Burstyn, Requiem For A Dream)

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    From worst to least bad:

     

    1. Ingrid Bergman, Anastasia

    2. Elizabeth Taylor, BUtterfield 8

    3. Katharine Hepburn, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

    4. Gwyneth Paltrow, Shakespeare in Love

    5. Glenda Jackson, A Touch of Class

    6. Katharine Hepburn, On Golden Pond

    7. Halle Berry, Monster’s Ball

    8. Shirley MacLaine, Terms of Endearment

    9. Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady

    10. Julie Christie, Darling

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    Can only think of five real head-scratchers:

    Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady (Should’ve won: Rooney Mara, Girl With The Dragon Tattoo)

    Halle Berry, Monster’s Ball (Should’ve won: un-nominated Naomi Watts, Mulholland Dr.)

    Hilary Swank, Million Dollar Baby  (Should’ve won: Kate Winslet, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind)

    Helen Mirren, The Queen (Should’ve won: Judi Dench, Notes On A Scandal or even Meryl Streep, Devil Wears Prada) 

    Julia Roberts, Erin Brockovich  (Should’ve won: Ellen Burstyn, Requiem For A Dream)
    Brockovich is Roberts’ best nominated performance and she was overdue.
    Mirren was a juggernaut and overdue.
    Someone had to break the whites only acting category of Best Actress. No matter the quality of the performance or the performer this win will be controversial. Especially since no other nonwhite actress has won the category since.
    Swank’s movie won Best Picture and whenever they cannot make up their minds when at least four of the nominees are win worthy they go with the safe choice.
    Rooney Mara took Swinton’s slot. She was no threat to win at all. Streep was overdue for a third Oscar and the truth is it would have been ugly no matter what because she is always nominated. 

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    Nick
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    Bitch, bye. Streep deserved her win for The Iron Lady. Anyway, the REAL worst winners; Jennifer Lawrence, Sandra Bullock , Katharine Hepburn (On Golden Pond), Gwyneth Paltrow, Geraldine Page (Whoopi Goldberg should have HAD this), Reese Witherspoon, Cher, Katharine Hepburn (Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner), Halle Berry (the least bad; I didn’t mind this performance but it was not the best), Hilary Swank (Million Dollar Baby).

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    Jason Travis
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    My list changes every now and then. Here it is now:
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    10. Ginger Rogers, Kitty Foyle (1940)

    It’s not a performance to write home about. The winner should have been Katharine Hepburn in The Philadelphia Story, or Joan Fontaine in Rebecca. History claims this win was more based off political nonsense and the recent bad publicity Hepburn received that cost her votes.

    9. Luise Rainer, The Good Earth (1937)

    It was a okay role, but her second consecutive win. The true champion was Greta Garbo in her legendary performance of Camille.

    8. Katharine Hepburn, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967)

    It doesn’t feel good to list a legend like Hepburn on the ten worst list, but she’s famous for winning 3 of her 4 Oscars for the wrong roles. This was a sentimental win, as the academy knew it would be the last pairing of her and Spencer Tracy. She also hadn’t won in over 30 years. The true winner should have been either Faye Dunaway in Bonnie and Clyde or Anne Bancroft in The Graduate.

    7. Jessica Lange, Blue Sky (1994)

    It’s strong work for sure, but this was a lazy choice indeed. The film had sat in storage for three years due to the bankruptcy of Orion studios, so in fact- 1994 didn’t produce a best actress winner at all. This was playing catch up by the academy. A more inspired choice would have been Susan Sarandon in The Client or Winona Ryder in Little Women.

    6. Bette Davis, Dangerous (1935)

    Even Davis herself admitted to voting for Katharine Hepnurn in Alice Adams. The only reason the Aries legend won for her work in this forgettable melodrama is because she lost a nod the year before for her much more classic work in Of Human Bondage. Hepburn placed a strong second place in documented ballots.

    5. Glenda Jackson, A Touch of Class (1973)

    I just find this to be a boring selection. She’s doable in this light romantic comedy but seriously- was this second win necessary? Chalk it up to the 70s being a weak decade for strong leading ladies, and 1973 not having much to choose from either. Still, I would much rather see Ellen Burstyn’s daring work in The Exorcist cited here- or hell, even Barbra Streisand’s feminist radical in The Way We Were.

    4. Geraldine Page, The Trip to Bountiful (1985)

    Say what you want- but despite this being the inevitable career award, the academy could have gone way better here. Whoopi Goldberg in The Color Purple would have been my selection- for a film debut, does it get any better? Meryl Streep at the top of her game in Best Picture winner Out of Africa was also dynamite. And Jessica Lange portraying the doomed Patsy Cline in Sweet Dreams was remarkable. There’s also non-nominee Cher in Mask, which still reigns as one of the most puzzling omissions by the academy.

    3. Gwyneth Paltrow, Shakespeare in Love (1998)

    This one still stings after almost 20 years. She’s beautiful and winsome, but it’s not a best actress role. It’s simply the example of someone being swept up with the popularity of her film- and the fact that Miramax was determined to take out Saving Private Ryan in the Best Picture race. Thus, acting wins (both arguably weak) plus writing and technical honors means your movie is superior. Cate Blanchett was obviously the true winner for her title role in Elizabeth, but other worthy candidates include Meryl Streep in her most natural role to date as a dying mother in One True Thing, and Fernanda Montenegro in the foreign film sensation Central Station.

    2. Grace Kelly, The Country Girl (1954)

    Almost the worst apple of the bunch. This was supposed to be Judy Garland’s moment to shine with her daring, brave and beautiful comeback in A Star Is Born. But after Jack Warner botched the movie with heavy editing and demanding recuts, the movie wound up being a box-office failure and nobody wanted to talk about it anymore. Thus, give the award instead to America’s sweetheart and beauty queen Kelly in a non-beauty queen role. The blandest performance to take this cake.

    1. Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side (2009)

    Sylvester Stallone, Michael Keaton, Mickey Rourke and Bill Murray couldn’t win career Oscars for their one-trick performances. To win the career honor, you usually have to have a substantial career. But for some reason, voters went bonkers for Bullock and figured her past resume that includes Speed 2, Murder by Numbers, Miss Congineality and All About Steve somehow meant she was overdue for an Oscar. Chalk up to charm, box-office or simple craziness, the fact of the matter is she did not win for her performance. No matter what the fanboys tell you. Any of her other four competitors would have been worthier, Streep being the true career award overdue goddess with Julie & Julia (which would have been a lot more appreciated then her mixed reception with The Iron Lady).

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    Bitch, bye. Streep deserved her win for The Iron Lady. 

    Faye Dunaway already gave the definitive version of that performance. 

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    Teridax
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    My Top 10 Worst Lead Actress Oscar list, just for fun!  😉

    1. Meryl Streep “The Iron Lady” Should have won: Viola Davis “The Help”

    2. Judy Holliday “Born Yesterday” Should have won: Bette Davis or Anne Baxter “All About Eve” OR EVEN Gloria Swanson “Sunset Boulevard”

    3. Gwyneth Paltrow “Shakespeare In Love” Should have won: I haven’t seen enough lead female performances to truly say, but Gwyneth was good in a great movie, but the only time she was really deserving of an Oscar nom in her entire career was for her Supporting work in The Royal Tenenbaums.

    4. Reese Witherspoon “Walk The Line” Should have won: Same reasons as #3, her only Oscar nom-worthy performance ever was for Wild. 

    5. Sandra Bullock “The Blind Side” Should have won: Carey Mulligan “An Education”

    6. Barbra Streisand “Funny Girl” Should have won: JUST Katherine Hepburn “The Lion In Winter”

    I honestly can’t think of any other undeserving or outright bad ones, but I’ve heard very mixed to negative things about Nicole’s Hours and Winslet’s Reader wins.

     

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    Nick
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    [quote=”TWNickPeek”]Bitch, bye. Streep deserved her win for The Iron Lady. 

    Faye Dunaway already gave the definitive version of that performance. 

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    For Mommie Dearest? Good! I loved that performance. 🙂

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    OnTheAisle
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    A number of posters have equated “worst Best Actress” with women who bested a more favored performance. I have a differing opinion.

    I think the worst Best Actress win is like the undeniable worst Best Actor win – a tribute bestowed on Al Pacino. He won Best Actor in recognition of a legendary career and previous slights. Unfortunately the performance was a hambone effort featuring sweating, grimances, and hollering while playing a character with a disability.

    My choices for Worst Best Actress wins chronologically are

    1. Norma Shearer in The Divorcee. Shearer plays Jerry, a married woman. She and her spouse engage in marital infidelities. In spite of the sexual subject matter, the film is rather pedestrian. and Shearer remarkably uninteresting. Her marriage to legendary MGM studio head Irving Thalberg allowed her to be cast over the originally intended star Joan Crawford and most likely influenced the voters.

    2. Bette Davis in Dangerous. After a shocking failure of the Academy to nominate Davis for her stunning performance in 1934 for Of Human Bondage, the voters awarded her Best Actress in 1935 for this soap opera of an actress’s marital infidelty and unscrupulous behavior. The award was merely a consolation prize, and the performance was unworthy of recognition.

    3. Loretta Young in The Farmer’s Daughter. Playing the daughter of a Swedish immigrant farmer who becomes a maid and is subsequently elected to the House of Representatives won Young a surprise Best Actress honor. More likely, she was recognized her two hits in one year, the winning role and her lead in the Best Picture nominee, The Preacher’s Wife. Both performances were light comedy and rather forgettable.

    4. Grace Kelly in The Country Girl. In this film adaptation, Kelly replaced the great stage actress Uta Hagen who originated the role of a long suffering wife of an alcoholic actor. Kelly donned a shapeless sweater and underplayed the part. Oscar rewarded the pretty young girl who dared to be plain. It is a marginal performance and unworthy of recognition. Like the honor for Loretta Young, voters were likely influenced by Kelly’s appearance in three hit films that year – Rear Window, Dial M for Murder and The Country Girl.

    5. Elizabeth Taylor in BUtterfield 8. Playing party girl Glora Wandrous, Taylor agreed to star in the film so as to be released from her MGM contract to accept a million dollar payday to star in the epic Cleopatra. Taylor reportedly never saw the film, and though it was a hit, she famously remarked, “I still think it stinks.” Suffering from a life threatening illness, Taylor had to endure a tracheotomy to save her life. This occurred during Oscar voting season. The win was widely considered a get well vote.

    6. Jessica Lange in Blue Sky. In a film that been shelved for a number of years, Lange played the mentally ill wife of a nuclear engineer who engages in marital infidelity. The performance is a series of twitches and emotional outbursts. It is undeserving. Voters most likely still felt guilty for their inability to award her outstanding work in Frances when it was in the year as Meryl Streep’s Sophie’s Choice.

    7. Helen Hunt in As Good As It Gets. Unloved, unappreciated single mother and waitress Carol Connelly is a sympathetic, Oscar winning role. Helen Hunt wasn’t bad. She was simply competent. A more skilled actress could have made the film so much richer.

    8. Reese Witherspoon in Walk The Line. As June Carter Cash, Witherspoon plays the country western music star with a natural ease. I find Witherspoon an interesting actress, but there is no compelling nature to the work here that makes her performance memorable or Oscar worthy.

    9. Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Lining Playbook. Lawrence plays the widow of a police officer in this film. She is angry and at the edge. While, like Witherspoon, Lawrence is a good actress, here she plays to the balcony with an intensity that proves to be a disservice to the film.

    10. Sadly, I feel there are more unworthy winners to come . . .

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    Monty
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    Sandra Bullock (should go to Carey Mulligan)
    Gwyneth Paltrow (should go to Cate Blanchett)
    Jennifer Lawrence (should go to Jessica Chastain)
    Julia Roberts (should go to Ellen Burstyn)
    Reese Witherspoon (should go to Felicity Huffman)

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    1. Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side (2009)

    Sylvester Stallone, Michael Keaton, Mickey Rourke and Bill Murray couldn’t win career Oscars for their one-trick performances. To win the career honor, you usually have to have a substantial career. But for some reason, voters went bonkers for Bullock and figured her past resume that includes Speed 2, Murder by Numbers, Miss Congineality and All About Steve somehow meant she was overdue for an Oscar. Chalk up to charm, box-office or simple craziness, the fact of the matter is she did not win for her performance. No matter what the fanboys tell you. Any of her other four competitors would have been worthier, Streep being the true career award overdue goddess with Julie & Julia (which would have been a lot more appreciated then her mixed reception with The Iron Lady).

    Yeah and also “Crash” “Infamous” “The Net” “Speed” “Miss C.” “While you Were Sleeping”…. etc. Good films and good performances. Keaton & Rourke & Stallone had WAY WORSE film choices and performances than Bullock. Oh wait? They are men! So that doesn’t matter. I’m damn sure Bullock won for all kinds of reasons, just like every single winner in the history of the Academy Awards.

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