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  • Nick Spake
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    #163432

    There’s been a lot of talk on GoldDerby lately about the
    worst Best Picture winners and worst acting winners. Let’s take it to the next
    level and share our picks for the worst winners in each category.

    Best Picture: Cavalcade

    Best Actor: Lee Marvin for Cat Ballou

    Best Actress: Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady

    Best Supporting Actor: Joel Grey for Cabaret

    Best Supporting Actress: Rachel Weisz for The Constant
    Gardener

    Best Director: Carol Reed for Oliver!

    Best Original Screenplay: Chariots of Fire

    Best Adapted Screenplay: Around the World in 80 Days

    Best Art Direction: Gandhi

    Best Cinematography: Gigi

    Best Film Editing: Gigi

    Best Costume Design: Chariots of Fire

    Best Makeup: The Wolfman  

    Best Musical Score: Babel

    Best Original Song: I Need to Wake Up from An Inconvenient
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    Best Sound: Oliver!

    Best Sound Editing: Pearl Harbor

    Best Visual Effects: Logan’s Run

    Best Animated Feature: Brave

    Best Documentary: 20 Feet From Stardom

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    Eddy Q
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    Best Supporting Actor: Joel Grey for Cabaret

    Best Supporting Actress: Rachel Weisz for The Constant Gardener

    NO!!!

    If you’re pissed that Joel Grey beat Al Pacino in The Godfather, remember he boycotted the ceremony for being put in the wrong category – he was more lead than Marlon Brando.

     

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    KyleBailey
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    Worst Best Picture: A Beautiful Mind
    Worst Best Director: Ron Howard “A Beautiful Mind” 
    Worst Best Actor: Roberto Benigni “Life is Beuatiful” 
    Worst Best Actress: Kate Winslet “The Reader” 
    Worst Best Supporting Actor: Cuba Gooding Jr. “Jerry Magurie” 
    Worst Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Connely “A Beautiful Mind” 
    Worst Best Original Screenplay: The Hurt Locker 
    Worst Best Adapted Screenplay: Dance with Wolves 
    Worst Best Animated: Brave 
    Worst Best Score: Life is Beautiful 
    Worst Best Song: None to my knowledge 
    Worst Best Cinematography: Master and Commander 
    Worst Best Art Direction/Production Design: Lincoln 
    Worst Best Costumes: All That Jazz 
    Worst Best Make Up: Elizabeth 
    Worst Best Visuals: Babe 
    Worst Best Sound Editing: Master and Commander 
    Worst Best Sound Mixing: Dances with Wolves 
     
    I haven’t seen enough Foriegn or Docs to comment  

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    Nick Spake
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    Best Supporting Actor: Joel Grey for Cabaret

    Best Supporting Actress: Rachel Weisz for The Constant Gardener

    NO!!!

    If you’re pissed that Joel Grey beat Al Pacino in The Godfather, remember he boycotted the ceremony for being put in the wrong category – he was more lead than Marlon Brando.

     

    Even on that basis, though, I’ve always found Grey’s performance to be showier than it is good, not to mention one-note. It’s still far from bad, but definitely one of my least favorite acting wins nevertheless.

     

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    Etchie
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    Worst Best Actress Winner:  TIE  Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook) & Gwyneth Paltrow (Shakespeare in Love).  We can call this “The Chris Martin Award”.

    Worst New Star of the Year in a Motion Picture Winner:  Pia Zadora (Butterfly)

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    Filmatelist
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    Worst Costume Design: The English Patient, which essentially consists of unexceptional evening wear and standard Banana Republic desert gear.  Compared to the sublime creations in Angels and Insects as well as the more interesting period garb of Hamlet, Emma and Portrait of a Lady, this is a perfect example of a coattail winner against a far superior field of competitors.

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    tjd
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    Best Picture: Forrest Gump
    Best Director: Robert Zemeckis, Forrest Gump
    Best Actor: Tom Hanks, Forrest Gump
    Best Actress: Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side
    Best Supporting Actor: Sean Connery, The Untouchables
    Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables
    Best Original Screenplay: Ghost
    Best Adapted Screenplay: Forrest Gump

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    Worst Picture: The Hurt Locker
    Worst Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyongo

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    Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer
    Actress: Jennifer Lawrence
    Actor: Matthew McConaughey
    Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz (2nd Oscar) 

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    Anthony
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    I personally feel Joel Grey is among the best Supporting Actor winners but to each their own.

    It is almost impossible to think of only one example in each category, but I wanted to point out Filmatelist‘s wonderful choice of Costume Design for The English Patient. That truly was an example ot a coattail win at its worse, especially with those nominees it was up against.

    Commenting on some of the others mentioned:

    ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: GHOST

    -This win is VERY interesting, because it didn’t win any precursors (that I recall) but it was a pop culture sensation with quotable lines and I am sure it helped that it was a Best Picture nominee….however, it winning was not deserved as the script was only adequate at best with only certain moments that I thought were great.

    I will throw one new selection into the ring:

    John G. Avildsen winning Director for ROCKY

    -I have never cared for this win and found his work to be serviceable at best…..and when you have the likes of Sidney Lumet in your category and a SNUBBED Martin Scorsese both doing some of their best directoral efforts, this win seems all the more baffling. It just seemed like a way to give Rocky a boost for Best Picture by voters.

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    Worst Best Picture: How Green Was My Valley
    Worst Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron
    Worst Best Actor: Lee Marvin
    Worst Best Actress: Mary Pickford
    Worst Best Sup. Actor: John Mills
    Worst Best Sup. Actress: Shirley Jackson
    Worst Best Original Screenplay: Tender Mercies
    Worst Best Adapted Screenplay: Cimarron
    Worst Best Animated Feature: Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit 

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    RobertPius
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    How the heck did Lee Marvin win? That is one of the most bizarre wins ever.

    Hey Tyler, good list but why Tender Mercies? just curious.  

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    Halo_Insider
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    Ah, man, I can’t imagine picking Cuaron for a worst directing win. 

    Cimarron, though? Yeah, that film has not aged well at all. 

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    Laactingnyc
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    Alfonso Cuaron as the worst director to win? What the fuck are you smoking?

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    tonorlo
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    I humbly consider “Gigi” one of the BEST cinematography wins of all time… You’d be hard-pressed to find a better-composed Technicolor film from that entire decade.

     

    For worst wins off the top of my head:

    Picture: “Around the World in 80 Days.” Not just a mishmash, but I vastly preferred all four of the nominees to the winner this year; the only year where I can make this claim with regard to the Best Picture category.

    Actor: Spencer Tracy, “Captains Courageous.” Intensely painful, as he was arguably the finest American film actor of his time… But in this instance, all four of his co-nominees turned in far superior work.

    Actress: Loretta Young, “The Farmer’s Daughter.” Granted, this was one of the weakest Actress lineups in the Academy’s history, and I have major issues with each of Young’s co-nominees, but this was a role and a performance that had absolutely no business getting near the Academy Awards.

    Supporting Actor: George Chakiris, “West Side Story.” The most shameful coattail acting win of all time. Yet again: all four of the also-rans were far superior.

    Supporting Actress: Gloria Grahame, “The Bad and the Beautiful.” Such a strange instance of a perfectly serviceable performance in a very good film, and yet nothing about the performance should have gotten Grahame close to an Oscar; doubly strange in that Grahame had better, worthier performances in the same year, particularly for “The Greatest Show on Earth.”

    Director: Tony Richardson, “Tom Jones.” I get the formalistic approach, and it serves the film… I suppose… but it was not then nor is it now my cup of tea.

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