With every Oscar year, a new name is added to the large group people who have won the Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Everyone from Laurence Olivier, Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, Jack Nicholson, right down to Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Daniel Day-Lewis and Leonardo DiCaprio have shining statuettes that mark their glorious contributions to the art of cinema. But not to forget, multiple actors like Peter O’Toole and Richard Burton, died without ever getting the chance to get up on the stage; or their contemporary counterparts like Michael Fassbender, Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, among others, whose work is too towering to have been so frequently overlooked by the Academy.
And when compared with the individual works of the some of the artists who won in their place, a largely dismissive view of the Oscars might start to creep in. In those moments of predicament, I try to remember that Frances McDormand has an Oscar for ‘Fargo’. With that said, here is the list of most undeserving Best Acting wins in the history of the Oscars History ranked in the order of how unpalatable they are:
10. Jean Dujardin, ‘The Artist’ (2011)
His Competition: Demian Bichir, ‘A Better Life’, George Clooney, ‘The Descendants’, Gary Oldman, ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’, Brad Pitt, ‘Moneyball’.
A particularly strong year for the category where every performance is stellar, even Dujardin’s. The only problem, while being charming, moving and entertaining, is that it’s probably the weakest one here. The Academy was undoubtedly swept by ‘The Artist’s’ old-fashioned syrupy narrative and in the process couldn’t see the overwhelmingly brilliant work of the other nominees here or the snubbed genius of Michael Fassbender in ‘Shame’.
Should’ve won: Demian Bichir, ‘A Better Life’