Earlier thisweek, we celebrated our favorite part of the Oscars
theworst to ever win a statuette.
Each of ourchoices had fervent supporters and detractors (and we were called a bunch of joylesscrankypants for even having the conversation in the first place). RobertoBenigni's turn in
Life is Beautiful
stirredup particularly passionate debate
Readers had afew more nominations for our Oscars Hall of Shame (answers have been slightly edited):
Am I the only person who fully expectedthat list to include Julia Roberts' performance in Erin Brockovich ? ... Apparently having stringy hair, a bad dye job,and a low-cut shirt really did the trick for the Academy voters that year.
I think we need to give a specialmention to Ingrid Bergman here for (1) winning the 1975 supporting actressaward (her third) for a terrible performance in a negligible movie Murder on the Orient Express but alsofor (2) being gracious enough in her acceptance speech to acknowledge what waspatently obvious: That the award should have gone to Valentina Cortese for herperformance in Day for Night .
Vivien Leigh in A Streetcar Named Desire . Tell me you don't laugh when you hear"I have always depended on the kindness of strangers" in the world'sworst Southern accent.
Going back a bit more: Luise Rainermust win the overall prize. She won two Oscars for one mediocre and oneembarrassing performance Ziegfeld and The Good Earth .
Greer Garson in Mrs. Minivertotallyuplifting and dreadful (compare with her wonderful perfomance in Random Harvest ).
Denzel Washington in Training Day worst performance ever by the most overrated actorever.
Meanwhile, here are somemore options for awful performances , courtesy of the film and entertainmentblogger Edward Copeland.
Will theAcademy disappoint once again this Sunday? We'll see you back here on Monday todiscuss and, hopefully, to argue.
Correction, Feb. 27:
This post originally included a reader nomination for Melanie Griffith's performance in
; Griffith was nominated for an Oscar that film, but did not win. Also, Vivien Leigh's first name was misspelled.
Brow Beat on Twitter
TODAY IN SLATE
Meet the New Bosses
How the Republicans would run the Senate.
The Government Is Giving Millions of Dollars in Electric-Car Subsidies to the Wrong Drivers
Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.
Cheez-Its. Ritz. Triscuits.
Why all cracker names sound alike.
Friends Was the Last Purely Pleasurable Sitcom
This Whimsical Driverless Car Imagines Transportation in 2059
- Protesters Take to the Streets to Sound Alarm on Climate Change in New York, Across the World
- Knife-Carrying White House Jumper is Vet who Feared “Atmosphere Was Collapsing”
- North Korea: American Sentenced to Hard Labor Wanted to Become “Second Snowden”
- Almost One in Four Americans Support Idea of Splitting From the Union
Did America Get Fat by Drinking Diet Soda?
A high-profile study points the finger at artificial sweeteners.