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    Chimichanggas
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    We all know we have some Oscar-nominated performances that we hate for some various reasons. Among the 20 acting Oscar nominees of each year, who do you think delivered the worst performance? You can also do this by category if you want.

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    This doesn’t mean that all of these are extremely bad but it’s just that the other performances from their category is better than them. The names in bold are what I think the worst of the year.

    2010:
    James Franco, 127 Hours
    Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
    Jeremy Renner, The Town
    Helena Bonham Carter, The King’s Speech

    2011:
    Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
    Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
    Max von Sydow, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
    Jessica Chastain, The Help

    2012:
    Denzel Washington, Flight
    Naomi Watts, The Impossible
    Alan Arkin, Argo
    Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook

    2013:
    Christian Bale, American Hustle
    Judi Dench, Philomena
    Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
    Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine

    2014:
    Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
    Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
    Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
    Kiera Knightley, The Imitation Game

    2015:
    Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
    Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
    Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
    Rachel McAdams, Spotlight

    2016:
    Ryan Gosling, La La Land
    Emma Stone, La La Land
    Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea
    Nicole Kidman, Lion

    2017:
    Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.
    Meryl Streep, The Post
    Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
    Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

    2018:
    Viggo Mortensen, Green Book
    Yalitza Aparicio, Roma
    Sam Rockwell, Vice
    Amy Adams, Vice

    2019:
    Adam Driver, Marriage Story
    Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
    Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
    Laura Dern, Marriage Story

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    2019 : Jonathan Pryce – The Two Popes

    2018 : Sam Rockwell – Vice

    2017 : Lesley Manville – Phantom Thread

    2016 : Ryan Gosling – La La Land

    2015 : Jennifer Lawrence – Joy

    2014 : Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything

    2013 : Jennifer Lawrence – American Hustle

    2012 : Jacki Weaver – Silver Linings Playbook

    2011 : Nick Nolte – Warrior

    2010 : Jeremy Renner – The Town

    FYC

    Best Actress - Pénélope Cruz, Olivia Colman

    Best Actor - Denzel Washington

    Best Supporting Actress - Aunjanue Ellis, Kathryn Hunter

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    2010

    • Jeff Bridges, True Grit
    • Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
    • Mark Ruffalo, The Kids Are All Right 
    • Amy Adams, The Fighter

    2011

    • Brad Pitt, Moneyball
    • Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
    • Jonah Hill, Moneyball (*)
    • Bérénice Bejo, The Artist

    2012

    • Denzel Washington, Flight
    • Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild
    • Alan Arkin, Argo
    • Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook

    2013

    • Christian Bale, American Hustle
    • Meryl Streep, August: Osage County
    • Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
    • Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine

    2014

    • Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
    • Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
    • Robert Duvall, The Judge
    • Meryl Streep, Into the Woods

    2015

    • Matt Damon, The Martian
    • Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
    • Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
    • Rachel McAdams, Spotlight

    2016

    • Ryan Gosling, La La Land
    • Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins
    • Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
    • Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures

    2017

    • Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq. 
    • Meryl Streep, The Post
    • Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World 
    • Mary J. Blige, Mudbound

    2018

    • Viggo Mortensen, Green Book
    • Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born
    • Sam Rockwell, Vice 
    • Amy Adams, Vice

    2019

    • Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes
    • Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
    • Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes
    • Laura Dern, Marriage Story 

    (*) – Haven’t seen neither Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close nor Warrior

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    2019:
    Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
    Charlize Theron, Bombshell
    Margot Robbie, Bombshell

    2018:
    Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
    Yalitza Aparicio, Roma
    Sam Rockwell, Vice

    2017:
    Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.
    Margot Robbie, I, Toyna
    Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards
    Mary J. Blige, Mudbound

    2016:
    Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
    Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins
    Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea

    2015:
    Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl
    Brie Larson, Room
    Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight

    2014:
    Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
    Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
    Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

    2013:
    Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
    Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave

    2012:
    Hugh Jackman, Les Mis
    Alan Arkin, Argo
    Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook

    2011:
    Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
    Kenneth Branagh, My Week with Marilyn

    2010:
    I like all of them actually

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    2010 – John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone)

    2011 – Max von Sydow (Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close) (R.I.P.)

    2012 – Jacki Wever (Silver Linings Playbook)

    2013 – Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)

    2014 – Robert Duvall (The Judge)

    2015 – Jennifer Lawerence (Joy)

    2016 – Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures)

    2017 – Denzel Washington (Roman J. Israel Esq.)

    2018 – Sam Rockwell (Vice)

    2019 – Johnathan Pryce (The Two Popes)

    FYC Oscars: Licorice Pizza (Best Picture, Best Director, Original Screenplay), The Mitchells vs The Machines (Best Picture, Animated Feature, Original Screenplay), Wes Anderson (Best Director), Denzel Washington (The Tragedy of MacBeth), Andrew Garfield and Robin de Jesus (Tick, Tick...BOOM!), Jayne Houdyshell (The Humans), Stephen Karam (Adapted Screenplay), Attica and Summer of Soul (Best Documentary)

    FYC Razzies: Dear Evan Hansen (in all eligible categories)

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    2019:
    Renée Zellweger, Judy (I know she is universally beloved but personally I have never seen a movie in which I liked her as an actress, and her take as Garland was almost caricatural imo)

    2018:
    Sam Rockwell, Vice (speaking of caricatural – I don’t think it was entirely his fault since that was exactly what he was going for, it’s just not a performance that should ever get nominated for an Oscar)

    2017:
    Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel Esq.

    2016:
    Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

    2015:
    Sylvester Stallone, Creed (I’m not that big of a Rocky fan, he was alright I guess)

    2014:
    Bradley Cooper, American Sniper

    2013:
    Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers’ Club

    2012:
    Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook

    2011:
    Jessica Chastain, The Help

    2010:
    Helena Bonham Carter, The King’s Speech (I haven’t seen that many nominees from that year and didn’t mind most of the others)

    Letterboxd: Ray_In_Bruges

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    2019:

    Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes
    Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
    Joe Pesci, The Irishman
    Laura Dern, Marriage Story

    2018:

    Christian Bale, Vice
    Yalitza Aparicio, Roma
    Adam Driver, Blackkklansman
    Didn’t actually mind the supporting actress line-up

    2017:

    Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel Esq.
    Meryl Streep, The Post (to be fair with a lot of these that year they’re not bad it’s just that they were in a year where there were SO many superior performances)
    Christopher Plummer, All The Money in the World
    Mary J. Blige, Mudbound

    2016:

    Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
    Actually liked that lineup (except I would have nominated Amy)
    Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
    Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures

    2015:

    Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl
    Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
    Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
    Alicia Vikander, The Danis Girl

    2014:

    Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
    Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything (not bad but felt more supporting which was ironic considering the film is based on her memoir)
    Edward Norton, Birdman
    Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game

    2013:

    Christian Bale, American Hustle
    Quite like the Actress lineup that year
    Bradley Cooper, American Hustle and Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street (TIE)
    Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine

    2012:

    Denzel Washington, Flight
    Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
    Alan Arkin, Argo (I can’t even remember him in the movie!)
    Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook

    2011:

    Jean Dujardin, The Artist
    Glenn Close, The Iron Lady
    Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn
    Berenice Bejo, The Artist

    2010:

    All the nominees like Hoster said were actually all right that year.

    FYC:

    "The Good Fight", "The Other Two" and "Station Eleven" in all categories, Sarah Lancashire ("Julia"), William Jackson Harper ("Love Life") and Luke Kirby ("The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel")

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    Alan Arkin, Argo (I can’t even remember him in the movie!)

    The truest definition of an one scene (1-line) wonder

    ArgoFuckYourself

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    2018:
    Sam Rockwell, Vice (speaking of caricatural – I don’t think it was entirely his fault since that was exactly what he was going for, it’s just not a performance that should ever get nominated for an Oscar)

    Still pissed that Rockwell & Adams ended up as the supporting nominees for Vice when Perry & Pill where right there with better performances.

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    Still pissed that Rockwell & Adams ended up as the supporting nominees for Vice when Perry & Pill where right there with better performances.

    Like Allison Pill? Did she even do anything in that film?

    I don’t remember any of her scenes or lines lol. I’m really wondering what you saw in her performance.

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    2019:
    Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes
    Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
    Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood 
    Laura Dern, Marriage Story

    2018:
    Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody 
    Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
    Sam Rockwell, Vice
    Amy Adams, Vice

    2017:
    Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq. 
    Meryl Streep, The Post
    Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
    Mary J. Blige, Mudbound

    2016:
    Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
    Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins
    Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
    Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures

    2015:
    Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl
    Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
    Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies 
    Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

    2014:
    Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
    Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
    Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
    Meryl Streep, Into the Woods

    2013:
    Christian Bale, American Hustle
    Sandra Bullock, Gravity
    Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
    Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle

    2012:
    Denzel Washington, Flight
    Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
    Alan Arkin, Argo
    Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook

    2011:
    Jean Dujardin, The Artist
    Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
    Jonah Hill, Moneyball
    Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids

    2010:
    Jeff Bridges, True Grit
    Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
    Jeremy Renner,  The Town
    Melissa Leo, The Fighter

    In conclusion, Meryl Streep needs to stop doing all these mediocre projects.

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    Going up to 1990 for now. I’m going to skip 2019 because I haven’t seen enough.

    Worst Acting nominees by year:

    2018:
    Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
    Lady Gaga, A Star is Born (Aparicio had one scene I truly liked that put her above Gaga)
    Sam Rockwell, Vice (I actually quite liked it)
    Amy Adams, Vice (again, I actually quite liked it)

    2017:
    Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
    Margot Robbie, I, Tonya (I detest this movie so much)
    Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
    Mary J. Blige, Mudbound (I so wanted to write Janney)

    2016:
    Ryan Gosling, La La Land
    Emma Stone, La La Land
    Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea (I like him and this perf.)
    Naomie Harris, Moonlight (I so wanted to like this perf. after seeing the trailer).

    2015:
    Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
    Jennifer Lawrence, Joy (what was she doing there w/ this group?)
    Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight (like him but found his monologue blah)
    Rachel McAdams, Spotlight

    2014:
    Bradley Cooper, American Sniper (so wanted to write Carrell)
    Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night (so overrated with critics – she was so much better in other performances)
    Robert Duvall, The Judge (LAWDY)
    Meryl Streep, Into the Woods (Paled in comparison to Bernadette Peters on Broadway).

    2013:
    Leonardo DiCaprio, Wolf of Wall Street (All I see with him is a smirk and narrow eyes)
    Meryl Streep, August: Osage County (HORRIFIC PERF./Deanna Dunagan blew Streep out of the water with this on Broadway)
    Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club (borderline offensive perf.)
    Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle (miscast)

    2012:
    Hugh Jackman, Les Miserable (His “Bring Him Home” was atrocious)
    Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook (MISCAST, lost, just brought the body for the David O. Russell to ogle with the camera)
    Alan Arkin, Argo (blah)
    Amy Adams, The Master (super overrated by the critics and I disliked Anne Hathaway in Les Miserables).

    2011:
    Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (actually liked all five)
    Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn (love her, only ok here)
    Max von Syndow, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (just nominated for his brilliant career)
    Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids (love this perf. actually but not my fave among this group or even among her cast)

    2010:
    Colin Firth, The King’s Speech (Prefer Jared Harris in The Crown)
    Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone (LOVE this perf but strong cat.)
    Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech
    Helena Bonham Carter, The King’s Speech (She did NOTHING)

    2009:
    Morgan Freeman, Invictus
    Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side (JOKE WIN)
    Matt Damon, Invictus
    Maggie Gyllenhaal, Crazy Heart (much preferred her other roles)

    2008:
    Brad Pitt, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
    Kate Winslet, The Reader (worst perf. from her)
    Robert Downey Jr., Tropic Thunder
    Taraji P. Henson, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

    2007:
    Johhny Depp, Sweeney Todd (HORRIFIC ADAPTATION all around)
    Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth: The Golden Age (Anne-Marie Duff did a better Elizabeth I that year)
    Tom Wilkinson, Michael Clayton
    None (All performances equally good as the other, none amazing)

    2006:
    Peter O’Toole, Venus
    Meryl Streep, The Devil Wear’s Prada (overrated, Glenn Close did it better in 101 Dalmations)
    Alan Arkin, Little Miss Sunshine (He did nothing)
    Abigail Breslin, Little Miss Sunshine

    2005:
    Terrence Howard, Hustle & Flow
    Keira Knightley, Pride & Prejudice
    Matt Dillon, Crash
    Rachel Weisz, The Constant Gardener (love her, hate her in this)

    2004:
    Johnny Depp, Finding Neverland (he was sleeping)
    Catalina Sandino Moreno, Maria Full of Grace (she was just there)
    Jamie Foxx, Collateral
    Natalie Portman, Closer (disliked Blanchett as Hepburn but not the worst)

    2003:
    Sean Penn, Mystic River (hate Johnny Depp’s overrated Jack Sparrow nearly as much and Jude Law was just there in Cold Mountain, but Penn was that bad).
    Keisha Castle-Hughes, Whale Rider (Liked her a lot here but not same level as the others)
    Tim Robbins, Mystic River
    Renee Zellweger, Cold Mountain (this perf. STUNK)

    2002:
    Daniel Day-Lewis, Gangs of New York (overacting 101)
    Nicole Kidman, The Hours (weakest perf. of the three; hate this movie)
    Ed Harris, The Hours
    Catherine Zeta-Jones, Chicago (I didn’t stutter)

    2001:
    Sean Penn, I Am Sam (embarrassing to watch)
    Nicole Kidman, Moulin Rouge (hate this movie and hate her in it)
    Ian McKellen – LOTR: FOTR (He was ok)
    Jennifer Connelly, A Beautiful Mind (still don’t know what she did in this movie)

    2000:
    Russell Crowe, Gladiator (three nominations in a row, won for his worst by far)
    Julia Roberts, Eric Brockovich
    Joaquin Phoenix, Gladiator (should’ve been nominated for Quills)
    Judi Dench, Chocolat

    1999:
    Kevin Spacey, American Beauty
    Julianne Moore, The End of the Affair (breaks my heart but it was like a parody of a Julianne Moore performance and so stilted)
    Haley Joel Osment, The Sixth Sense
    Toni Collette, The Sixth Sense

    1998:
    Roberto Benigni, Life is Beautiful
    Meryl Streep, One True Thing
    Geoffrey Rush, Shakespeare in Love
    Brenda Blethyn, Little Voice (her character in Secret and Lies but not nearly as good)

    1997:
    Matt Damon, Good Will Hunting
    Helena Bonham Carter, The Wings of the Dove
    Robin Williams, Good Will Hunting
    Gloria Stuart, Titanic

    1996:
    Geoffrey Rush, Shine
    Diane Keaton, Marvin’s Room
    None (all good – nobody much worse than the other)
    Lauren Bacall, The Mirror Has Two Faces (fact that she was the fave was laughable among these nominees).

    1995:
    Richard Dreyfuss, Mr. Holland’s Opus
    Sharon Stone, Casino (AMAZING set of nominees though but she was a few steps behind even though she was so raw)
    Ed Harris, Apollo 13
    Kathleen Quinlan, Apollo 13

    1994:
    Tom Hanks, Forrest Gump
    Susan Sarandon, The Client
    I can’t pick one, I don’t think any of them were worse than the other.
    Jennifer Tilly, Bullets over Broadway (can’t tell if she’s a genius or truly bad here)

    1993:
    Liam Neeson, Schindler’s List
    Emma Thompson, The Remains of the Day (she’s good but others better)
    John Malkovich, In the Line of Fire (he’s great here but not as good as others)
    Holly Hunter, The Firm (Roger Ebert told her to her face on the red carpet that he and Siskel voted her performance here as the year’s worst nominee, and she just responded with “What a nice thing to say! before walking away from him).

    1992:
    Al Pacino, Scent of a Woman
    Michelle Pfeiffer, Love Field
    Al Pacino, Glengarry Glen Ross
    Joan Plowright, Enchanted April

    1991:
    Robert De Niro, Cape Fear
    Bette Midler, For the Boys
    Jack Palance, City Slickers
    Diane Ladd, Rambling Rose

    1990:
    Kevin Costner, Dances with Wolves
    Julia Roberts, Pretty Woman (winning but far from the others)
    Andy Garcia, The Godfather Part III
    Diane Ladd, Wild at Heart (I swear I do like her usually)

    It’s amazing how many Best Actor winners I have listed as the Worst. I think I just don’t see eye-to-eye with the Academy when it comes to male performances.

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