The Worst of the
Academy Awards


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The Worst of the Academy Awards

The Academy has, with limited success, tried to limit the influences of pressure groups and promotion, box office gross receipts, and studio public relations and marketing on voting results. It has also attempted to limit votes for melodramatic sentimentality, atonement for past mistakes, personal popularity, and "prestige" or epic scale, but those influences have often had a decided effect upon the outcome of some of the poll results. Unfortunately, the critical worth, artistic vision, cultural influence, and innovative qualities of many films are not given the same voting weight.

Especially since the 80s, moneymaking 'formula-made' blockbusters with glossy production values have often been crowd-pleasing titans (and Best Picture winners), but they haven't necessarily been great films with depth or critical acclaim by any measure. However, in the last decade or so, many Best Picture picks have been modest performers at the box-office, while the biggest blockbusters (i.e, superhero films) have mostly underperformed as award winners.

Please note: The following charts contain possible alternatives (albeit sometimes opinionated and subjective) for some of the awards given throughout Academy history. In some cases, the "worst" honoree only means that some other more deserving performer or film might or should have been selected.

Academy Awards History (By Decade):
Introduction, 1927/8-39, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s
Academy Awards Summaries

Best Picture
The Worst of the Awards

(See also 'Best Pictures' Not Nominated for Best Picture)
(See also Best Picture Winners and Best Picture Milestones)
Selection of 'Worst'
Best Picture Winners

(+ an unexpected, upset win)
More Deserving Nominees for Best Picture in Same Year
Possibly Other Deserving Options That Were Not Nominated
Broadway Melody (1928/29) A very weak year for nominees. The Divine Lady
Nosferatu
Steamboat Bill, Jr.
Cimarron (1930/31) A very weak year for nominees.

A Free Soul
City Lights
Dracula
Frankenstein
Little Caesar
Public Enemy

Cavalcade (1932/33) 42nd Street
I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang
The Private Life of Henry VIII
Dinner at Eight
King Kong
Duck Soup
Trouble in Paradise
M
  Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) Top Hat (1935)  
The Great Ziegfeld (1936) Dodsworth (possibly). My Man Godfrey
Modern Times
The Life of Emile Zola (1937)

Lost Horizon
The Awful Truth
Stage Door

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
You Only Live Once
You Can't Take It With You (1938) The Adventures of Robin Hood

Angels with Dirty Faces
Bringing Up Baby

  Rebecca (1940) The Grapes of Wrath  
How Green Was My Valley (1941) Citizen Kane
The Maltese Falcon
The Little Foxes
Suspicion
Sergeant York
Meet John Doe
Ball of Fire
Fantasia
Mrs. Miniver (1942) The Magnificent Ambersons
Yankee Doodle Dandy
To Be or Not to Be
Woman of the Year
Sullivan's Travels
Going My Way (1944) Double Indemnity
Gaslight
Laura
Meet Me in St. Louis
The Curse of the Cat People
The Miracle of Morgan's Creek
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) It's A Wonderful Life The Big Sleep
Brief Encounter
Children of Paradise
My Darling Clementine
Notorious
Gilda
The Postman Always Rings Twice
Gentleman's Agreement (1947) A very weak group of nominees. Black Narcissus
A Double Life
La Belle et La Bete
A Matter of Life and Death
+ Hamlet (1948) The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Johnny Belinda
The Red Shoes
The Search
Red River
All About Eve (1950) Sunset Blvd. The Third Man
The Asphalt Jungle
+ An American in Paris (1951) A Streetcar Named Desire
A Place in the Sun
The African Queen
Strangers on a Train
+ The Greatest Show on Earth (1952) High Noon
The Quiet Man
Singin' in the Rain
The Bad and the Beautiful
Rashomon
On the Waterfront (1954)   Rear Window (with 4 nominations, but not one for Best Picture)
Sabrina
+ Marty (1955) A weak set of nominees (including Mister Roberts). The Night of the Hunter
East of Eden
Rebel Without a Cause
Around the World in 80 Days (1956) Giant
The Ten Commandments

The King and I
The Searchers
Baby Doll
The Seven Samurai
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) 12 Angry Men Wild Is the Wind
Paths of Glory
Gigi (1958) Another weak set of nominees. Vertigo
Touch of Evil
Ben Hur (1959) Another weak set of nominees. Some Like It Hot
Wild Strawberries
The Apartment (1960) A weak set of nominees (including The Alamo). Psycho
Spartacus
The Virgin Spring
Tom Jones (1963) A weak set of nominees (including Cleopatra). The Great Escape
Hud
The Birds
My Fair Lady (1964) Dr. Strangelove, Or: The Night of the Iguana
A Hard Day's Night
A Man for All Seasons (1966) Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The Professionals
In the Heat of the Night (1967) A field of weak nominees (including Doctor Doolittle).
Bonnie and Clyde
The Graduate
In Cold Blood
The Dirty Dozen
Cool Hand Luke
Chimes at Midnight
+ Oliver! (1968) The Lion in Winter
Funny Girl
2001: A Space Odyssey
Rosemary's Baby
+ Midnight Cowboy (1969) Another weak set of nominees. The Wild Bunch
Easy Rider
They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
Once Upon a Time in the West
Patton (1970) Five Easy Pieces  Little Big Man
Women in Love
The Sting (1973) American Graffiti
Cries and Whispers

The Exorcist
Mean Streets
Serpico
Last Tango in Paris

The Last Detail
Rocky (1976) Network
Taxi Driver
All the President's Men
Seven Beauties
The Outlaw Josey Wales
Annie Hall (1977) Star Wars Close Encounters of the Third Kind
The Deer Hunter (1978) Coming Home Interiors
Autumn Sonata
Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) Apocalypse Now
All That Jazz
Manhattan
Alien
Being There
Ordinary People (1980) Raging Bull The Empire Strikes Back
The Shining
Breaker Morant
The Stunt Man
+ Chariots of Fire (1981) Raiders of the Lost Ark
Reds

On Golden Pond
Ragtime
Gallipoli
Gandhi (1982) E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial
Tootsie
Das Boot
Sophie's Choice
Terms of Endearment (1983) The Right Stuff
The Big Chill
Tender Mercies
Fanny and Alexander
Zelig
Out of Africa (1985) The Color Purple
Witness

Prizzi's Honor
Brazil
Ran
Blood Simple
The Last Emperor (1987) Broadcast News
Moonstruck
Empire of the Sun
The Princess Bride
Rain Man (1988) Dangerous Liaisons A Fish Called Wanda
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Driving Miss Daisy (1989) My Left Foot
Born on the Fourth of July

Dead Poets Society
Glory
Do the Right Thing
Crimes and Misdemeanors
Cinema Paradiso
sex, lies, and videotape...
When Harry Met Sally...
Henry V
Dances With Wolves (1990) GoodFellas Reversal of Fortune
Miller's Crossing
The Silence of the Lambs (1991) Beauty and the Beast
JFK
Thelma & Louise
The Fisher King
Forrest Gump (1994) The Shawshank Redemption
Quiz Show
Pulp Fiction
Bullets Over Broadway
Ed Wood
Braveheart (1995) Apollo 13
Babe
Sense and Sensibility
Dead Man Walking
Leaving Las Vegas
Nixon
Heat
The Usual Suspects
Toy Story
Se7en
The English Patient (1996) Fargo
Secrets & Lies
Trainspotting
Breaking the Waves
The People vs. Larry Flynt
Lone Star
Titanic (1997) L.A. Confidential The Sweet Hereafter
Amistad
+ Shakespeare in Love (1998) Saving Private Ryan
The Thin Red Line
The Big Lebowski
The Truman Show
Out of Sight
American Beauty (1999)

The Insider
The Sixth Sense

Being John Malkovich
Magnolia
Fight Club
Three Kings
Boys Don't Cry

The Matrix
Gladiator (2000) Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Almost Famous
A Beautiful Mind (2001) The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Gosford Park
Moulin Rouge!
Memento (2000)
Mulholland Dr.
Chicago (2002) Gangs of New York
The Pianist
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Adaptation
Frida
Far From Heaven
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) Mystic River
Lost in Translation
 
Million Dollar Baby (2004) The Aviator  
+ Crash (2005) Good Night, and Good Luck
Brokeback Mountain
Capote
Walk the Line
The Departed (2006) The Queen
Babel
Letters From Iwo Jima
 
No Country For Old Men (2007) There Will Be Blood
Michael Clayton
 
Slumdog Millionaire (2008) Frost/Nixon The Dark Knight
Wall-E
+ The Hurt Locker (2009) Avatar
Up
 
The King's Speech (2010) The Social Network
Inception
Black Swan
True Grit
 
  The Artist (2011) Hugo
The Descendants

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2

+ Argo (2012) Lincoln The Dark Knight Rises
  + 12 Years a Slave (2013) Gravity  
+ Birdman (2014) American Sniper
Boyhood
 
+ Spotlight (2015) The Revenant Carol
The Danish Girl
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

Note: Below, these winners either stole the award from a more deserving nominee or
were consolation prizes for previous losses or neglect.


Best Director
The Worst of the Awards
Selection of 'Worst'
Best Director Oscar Winners
Should Have Won
Frank Borzage for Bad Girl (1931/32) Josef von Sternberg for Shanghai Express
Frank Capra for Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) William Wyler for Dodsworth
Leo McCarey for The Awful Truth (1937) Gregory La Cava for Stage Door
Frank Capra for You Can't Take It With You (1938) Michael Curtiz for Angels With Dirty Faces
Victor Fleming for Gone With the Wind (1939)
Frank Capra for Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
John Ford for How Green Was My Valley (1941) Orson Welles for Citizen Kane
William Wyler for Mrs. Miniver (1942) Michael Curtiz for Yankee Doodle Dandy
Leo McCarey for Going My Way (1944) Billy Wilder for Double Indemnity
Joseph Mankiewicz for A Letter to Three Wives (1949) Robert Rossen for All the King's Men
Joseph Mankiewicz for All About Eve (1950) Carol Reed for The Third Man
and
Billy Wilder for Sunset Blvd.
George Stevens for A Place in the Sun (1951) Vincente Minnelli for An American in Paris
John Ford for The Quiet Man (1952) Fred Zinnemann for High Noon
Elia Kazan for On the Waterfront (1954) Alfred Hitchcock for Rear Window
Delbert Mann for Marty (1955) Unnominated Charles Laughton for The Night of the Hunter
George Stevens for Giant (1956) Unnominated John Ford for The Searchers
David Lean for The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) Sidney Lumet for 12 Angry Men
Vincente Minnelli for Gigi (1958) Unnominated Alfred Hitchcock for Vertigo
Billy Wilder for The Apartment (1960) Alfred Hitchcock for Psycho
Tony Richardson for Tom Jones (1963) Federico Fellini for 8 1/2
Carol Reed for Oliver! (1968) Stanley Kubrick for 2001: A Space Odyssey
George Roy Hill for The Sting (1973) William Friedkin for The Exorcist
Milos Forman for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) Unnominated Steven Spielberg for Jaws
John Avildsen for Rocky (1976) Unnominated Martin Scorsese for Taxi Driver
Woody Allen for Annie Hall (1977) George Lucas for Star Wars
Robert Benton for Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) Francis Ford Coppola for Apocalpyse Now
and
Bob Fosse for All That Jazz
Robert Redford for Ordinary People (1980) Martin Scorsese for Raging Bull
Warren Beatty for Reds (1981) Steven Spielberg for Raiders of the Lost Ark
Kevin Costner for Dances with Wolves (1990) Martin Scorsese for Goodfellas
Robert Zemeckis for Forrest Gump (1994) Quentin Tarantino for Pulp Fiction
Ron Howard for A Beautiful Mind (2001) Peter Jackson for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Tom Hooper for The King's Speech (2010) Darren Aronofsky for Black Swan

Best Actor
The Worst of the Awards
Selection of 'Worst'
Best Actor Oscar Winners
Should Have Won
George Arliss in Disraeli (1929/30) A weak group of competitors.
Spencer Tracy in Boys Town (1938) James Cagney in Angels With Dirty Faces
Robert Donat in Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939) James Stewart in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
or
Clark Gable in Gone With the Wind
James Stewart in The Philadelphia Story (1940) Henry Fonda in The Grapes of Wrath
or
Charlie Chaplin in The Great Dictator
or
Unnominated Cary Grant in His Girl Friday
Gary Cooper in Sergeant York (1941) Orson Welles in Citizen Kane
Paul Lukas in Watch on the Rhine (1943) Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca
Ronald Colman in A Double Life (1947) A weak group of competitors.
Laurence Olivier in Hamlet (1948) Unnominated Humphrey Bogart in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Humphrey Bogart in The African Queen (1951) Tie with Marlon Brando in A Streetcar Named Desire
Ernest Borgnine in Marty (1955) Unnominated James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause
Yul Brynner in The King and I (1956) Rock Hudson or James Dean in Giant
Charlton Heston in Ben-Hur (1959) Unnominated Cary Grant in North by Northwest
Maximilian Schell in Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) Paul Newman in The Hustler
Lee Marvin in Cat Ballou (1965) Rod Steiger in The Pawnbroker
Paul Scofield in A Man For All Seasons (1966) Richard Burton in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Cliff Robertson in Charly (1968) Peter O'Toole in The Lion in Winter
John Wayne in True Grit (1969) Dustin Hoffman or Jon Voight in Midnight Cowboy
Jack Lemmon in Save the Tiger (1973) Any of the other four competitors.
Art Carney in Harry and Tonto (1974) Al Pacino in The Godfather, Part II
or
Jack Nicholson in Chinatown
Richard Dreyfuss in The Goodbye Girl (1977) Woody Allen in Annie Hall
or
John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever
Paul Newman in The Color of Money (1986) Unnominated Dennis Hopper in Blue Velvet
Anthony Hopkins in The Silence of the Lambs (1991) Robert De Niro in Cape Fear
Al Pacino in Scent of a Woman (1992) Denzel Washington in Malcolm X
or
Clint Eastwood in Unforgiven
Tom Hanks in Philadelphia (1993) Liam Neeson in Schindler's List
Geoffrey Rush in Shine (1996) Billy Bob Thornton in Sling Blade
Roberto Benigni in Life is Beautiful (1998)

Edward Norton in American History X
or
Tom Hanks in Saving Private Ryan

Adrien Brody in The Pianist (2002) Daniel Day-Lewis in Gangs of New York
Sean Penn in Mystic River (2003) Bill Murray in Lost in Translation

Best Actress
The Worst of the Awards
Selection of 'Worst'
Best Actress Oscar Winners
Should Have Won
Mary Pickford in Coquette (1928/29)  
Marie Dressler in Min and Bill (1930/31) Norma Shearer in A Free Soul
Bette Davis in Dangerous (1935) Katharine Hepburn in Alice Adams
Luise Rainer in The Great Ziegfeld (1936) Carole Lombard in My Man Godfrey
Luise Rainer in The Good Earth (1937) Any of the other competitors, led by Greta Garbo in Camille
Greer Garson in Mrs. Miniver (1942) Bette Davis in Now, Voyager
Jennifer Jones in The Song of Bernadette (1943) Jean Arthur in The More the Merrier
Ingrid Bergman in Gaslight (1944) Barbara Stanwyck in Double Indemnity
Loretta Young in The Farmer's Daughter (1947) Rosalind Russell in Mourning Becomes Elektra
Judy Holliday in Born Yesterday (1950) Most of the other competitors.
Shirley Booth in Come Back, Little Sheba (1952) Julie Harris in The Member of the Wedding
Grace Kelly in The Country Girl (1954) Any of the other competitors, led by Judy Garland in A Star is Born
Anna Magnani in The Rose Tattoo (1955) Susan Hayward in I'll Cry Tomorrow
Ingrid Bergman in Anastasia (1956) Carroll Baker in Baby Doll
Simone Signoret in Room at the Top (1959) Audrey Hepburn in The Nun's Story
Elizabeth Taylor in Butterfield 8 (1960) A weak group of competitors, led by Shirley MacLaine in The Apartment
Sophia Loren in Two Women (1961) Natalie Wood in Splendor in the Grass
or
Piper Laurie in The Hustler
Patricia Neal in Hud (1963) Leslie Caron in The L-Shaped Room
Julie Christie in Darling (1965) Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music
Katharine Hepburn in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)
Most of the other competitors, led by Faye Dunaway for Bonnie and Clyde and Anne Bancroft for The Graduate
Glenda Jackson in Women in Love (1969/70) Most of the other competitors.
Glenda Jackson in A Touch of Class (1973) Barbra Streisand in The Way We Were
Geraldine Page in The Trip to Bountiful (1985) Whoopi Goldberg in The Color Purple
Cher in Moonstruck (1987) Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction
or
Holly Hunter in Broadcast News
Gwyneth Paltrow in Shakespeare in Love (1998) Cate Blanchett in Elizabeth
Hilary Swank in Boys Don't Cry (1999) Annette Bening in American Beauty
Julia Roberts in Erin Brockovich (2000) Ellen Burstyn in Requiem for a Dream
Halle Berry in Monster's Ball (2001) Nicole Kidman in Moulin Rouge!
or
Sissy Spacek in In the Bedroom
or
Unnominated Naomi Watts in Mulholland Dr.
Nicole Kidman in The Hours (2002) Julianne Moore in Far From Heaven
Reese Witherspoon in Walk the Line (2005) Felicity Huffman in Transamerica
Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side (2009) A group of weak competitors, led by Carey Mulligan in An Education
Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine (2013) Sandra Bullock in Gravity

Best Supporting Actor
The Worst of the Awards
Selection of 'Worst'
Best Supporting Actor Oscar Winners
Should Have Won
Walter Brennan in Kentucky (1938)  
Thomas Mitchell in Stagecoach (1939) Claude Rains in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Donald Crisp in How Green Was My Valley (1941) Sydney Greenstreet in The Maltese Falcon
Van Heflin in Johnny Eager (1942) Any of the other competitors
Charles Coburn in The More the Merrier (1943) Claude Rains in Casablanca
Barry Fitzgerald in Going My Way (1944) Clifton Webb in Laura
Harold Russell in The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) Claude Rains in Notorious
Dean Jagger in Twelve O'Clock High (1949) Ralph Richardson in The Heiress
Edmond O'Brien in The Barefoot Contessa (1954) Lee J. Cobb, Karl Malden, or Rod Steiger in On the Waterfront
Red Buttons in Sayonara (1957) Sessue Hayakawa in The Bridge on the River Kwai
Hugh Griffith in Ben-Hur (1959) George C. Scott in Anatomy of a Murder
Peter Ustinov in Spartacus (1960) A weak group of competitors
Ed Begley in Sweet Bird of Youth (1962) Omar Sharif in Lawrence of Arabia
Jack Albertson in The Subject Was Roses (1968) Gene Wilder in The Producers
Gig Young in They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969) Tie with Jack Nicholson in Easy Rider
John Mills in Ryan's Daughter (1970) Chief Dan George in Little Big Man
Ben Johnson in The Last Picture Show (1971) Roy Scheider in The French Connection
Joel Grey in Cabaret (1972) Al Pacino in The Godfather (also nominated with James Caan and Robert Duvall)
John Houseman in The Paper Chase (1973) Jason Miller in The Exorcist
George Burns in The Sunshine Boys (1975) A weak group of competitors
Jason Robards in All the President's Men (1976) Tie with Laurence Olivier in Marathon Man
Jason Robards in Julia (1977) Alec Guinness in Star Wars
Melvyn Douglas in Being There (1979) Robert Duvall in Apocalypse Now
Haing S. Ngor in The Killing Fields (1984) Adolph Caesar in A Soldier’s Story
Don Ameche in Cocoon (1985) A weak group of competitors
Sean Connery in The Untouchables (1987) A weak group of competitors
Jack Palance in City Slickers (1991) Michael Lerner in Barton Fink
Tommy Lee Jones in The Fugitive (1993) Ralph Fiennes in Schindler's List
Martin Landau in Ed Wood (1994) Any of the other competitors
Cuba Gooding, Jr. in Jerry Maguire (1996) William H. Macy in Fargo
James Coburn in Affliction (1998) Geoffrey Rush in Shakespeare in Love
or
Ed Harris in The Truman Show
Michael Caine in The Cider House Rules (1999) Any of the other competitors, led by Tom Cruise in Magnolia
Benicio del Toro in Traffic (2000) Any of the other competitors
Jim Broadbest in Iris (2001) Ben Kingsley in Sexy Beast

Best Supporting Actress
The Worst of the Awards
Selection of 'Worst'
Best Supporting Actress Oscar Winners
Should Have Won
Gale Sondergaard in Anthony Adverse (1936) Alice Brady in My Man Godfrey
Katina Paxinou in For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943) A weak group of competitors
Ethel Barrymore in None But the Lonely Heart (1944) Most of the other competitors
Anne Revere in National Velvet (1945) Ann Blyth in Mildred Pierce
Celeste Holm in Gentleman's Agreement (1947) Gloria Grahame in Crossfire
Gloria Grahame in The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) Jean Hagen in Singin' in the Rain
Jo Van Fleet in East of Eden (1955) Natalie Wood in Rebel Without a Cause
Miyoshi Umeki in Sayonara (1957) Any of the other competitors
Wendy Hiller in Separate Tables (1958) A weak group of competitors
Shirley Jones in Elmer Gantry (1960) Janet Leigh in Psycho
Goldie Hawn in Cactus Flower (1969) A weak group of competitors
Helen Hayes in Airport (1970) Karen Black in Five Easy Pieces
Eileen Heckart in Butterflies are Free (1972) A weak group of competitors
Tatum O'Neal in Paper Moon (1973) Tie with Linda Blair in The Exorcist
Ingrid Bergman in Murder on the Orient Express (1974) Madeline Kahn in Blazing Saddles
or
Talia Shire in The Godfather, Part II
Lee Grant in Shampoo (1975) Ronee Blakley or Lily Tomlin in Nashville
Beatrice Straight in Network (1976) Piper Laurie in Carrie
Maggie Smith in California Suite (1978) A weak group of competitors
Mary Steenburgen in Melvin and Howard (1980) Any of the other competitors
Maureen Stapleton in Reds (1981) Jane Fonda in On Golden Pond
Jessica Lange in Tootsie (1982) Glenn Close in The World According to Garp
Peggy Ashcroft in A Passage to India (1984) A weak group of competitors
Olympia Dukakis in Moonstruck (1987) A weak group of competitors
Geena Davis in The Accidental Tourist (1988) Michelle Pfeiffer in Dangerous Liaisons
or
Joan Cusack and Sigourney Weaver in Working Girl
Whoopi Goldberg in Ghost (1990) Annette Bening in The Grifters
Marisa Tomei in My Cousin Vinny (1992) Judy Davis in Husbands and Wives
Anna Paquin in The Piano (1993) Emma Thompson in In the Name of the Father
Mira Sorvino in Mighty Aphrodite (1995) Joan Allen in Nixon
Juliette Binoche in The English Patient (1996) (surprise win)  
Kim Basinger in L.A. Confidential (1997) Julianne Moore in Boogie Nights
Judi Dench in Shakespeare in Love (1998)  
Angelina Jolie in Girl, Interrupted (1999) Any of the other competitors
Marcia Gay Harden in Pollock (2000) Kate Hudson in Almost Famous
Jennifer Connelly in A Beautiful Mind (2001) Marisa Tomei in In the Bedroom
Renee Zellweger in Cold Mountain (2003) Shohreh Aghdashloo in House of Sand and Fog
or
Holly Hunter in Thirteen
Cate Blanchett in The Aviator (2004) Any of the other competitors, led by Natalie Portman in Closer
Rachel Weisz in The Constant Gardener (2005) Amy Adams in Junebug
Jennifer Hudson in Dreamgirls (2006) Any of the other competitors, led by Abigail Breslin in Little Miss Sunshine
Penelope Cruz in Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008) Marisa Tomei in The Wrestler
Mo'Nique in Precious (2009) A weak group of competitors
Octavia Spencer in The Help (2011) Jessica Chastain in The Help
Anne Hathaway in Les Miserables (2012) Helen Hunt in The Sessions


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