Oscar-Winning Actors You Wouldn’t Believe Took Home Razzies

In Hollywood, it’s pretty easy for stars to get arrogant and haughty regarding their achievements. Imagine taking home award after award, nomination after nomination of best this and best that. Luckily, a certain association likes to keep the stars humble.

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These criminal masterminds are behind the Golden Raspberry Association, the dreaded Razzie Award. The Razzies point out who seriously flopped, fell on their butts, and performed in such a cringy way that they certainly need an award to commemorate it.

Here are some superstars who were granted the honor.

Helen Mirren

Dame Helen Lydia Mirren is a well-known and beloved British movie star. She took home the Academy Award for Best Actress after landing the role of Queen Elizabeth II in the film The Queen. Some of her other honors include three additional Oscar nominations, an Olivier Award for Best Actress, and a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play.

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Then, in 2018, she was sad to find out that she had received a nomination for the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress. She was 72 at the time, and the award was for her portrayal of Sarah Winchester in the movie Winchester. While the portrayal was a bit dramatic, Helen Mirren is still a wonderful actress.

Robert De Niro

Not many actors are praised as often as Robert De Niro. The actor has countless awards to his credit, including six BAFTA award nominations and two Oscars he took home, and two Emmys. He was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Cecil B. DeMille Award.

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The actor won his Oscars for The Godfather Part II and Raging Bull. De Niro also starred in memorable films such as The Deer Hunter, Heat, Meet the Parents, Casino, and Once Upon a Time in America. Eventually, in 2016, he was nominated for the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor for his role in Dirty Grandpa.

Sandra Bullock

In 2010, Sandra Bullock was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award, and, weirdly enough, she took that unfortunate prize on the same weekend that she earned an Academy Award. Most actors who receive a Razzie tend to brush it off and ignore it, but Sandra Bullock showed a good sense of humor by showing up and accepting the award in person.

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When she arrived at the 30th Golden Raspberry Awards, Sandra Bullock startled many people. She took the stage and accepted her Razzie for Worst Actress in All About Steve. Smiles and all, Sandra showed up with companions who sported “Team Bullock” shirts and carried a wagon full of All About Steve DVDs. The last time she had been nominated for a Razzie was in 1997 for the movie Speed 2: Cruise Control.

Al Pacino

Al Pacino is in the fifth decade of his film career, and it looks like he’s not stopping anytime soon! It’s pretty difficult to find an important acting honor Pacino hasn’t taken home. But apart from the acclaim and recognition, there are multiple Golden Raspberry Award nominations on his list.

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In 1985, he was nominated for Worst Actor for his work in Revolution. However, he lost it to Sylvester Stallone. In 2008, he was nominated again for Worst Actor for two movies – 88 Minutes and Righteous Kill. In 2003, he was nominated for Worst Supporting Actor for the movie Gigli, and, finally, he took home the Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actor for playing himself in Jack and Jill.

Michael Caine

Michael Caine is a British film icon whose fruitful career has spanned over 70 years. His film credits are diverse and interesting. Caine has starred in over 130 films, so he must be doing something right. But even he hasn’t managed to escape the dreaded Golden Raspberry Award.

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In 1980, Caine was nominated for the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor for his portrayal in two movies – The Island and Dressed to Kill. However, he lost that year to Neil Diamond, who took home the award for his part in The Jazz Singer. Later, in 1987, Caine was nominated again for the Razzie for his role in Jaws: The Revenge.

Marlon Brando

As surprising as this may be, Marlon Brando also took home the award for Worst Actor. Marlon Brando, who won countless awards, including two Academy Awards! He has starred in several iconic movies, including On the Waterfront, The Godfather, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Last Tango in Paris.

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But as beloved as Brando is as a film star, he wasn’t above a Golden Raspberry Award nomination. He was nominated for his role in Christopher Columbus: The Discovery and The Formula. Finally, in 1996, he took the award home for Worst Supporting Actor in the 1996 movie The Island of Dr. Moreau.

Emma Watson

Ever since charming the world as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter franchise, Emma Watson has become a household name worldwide. Growing up in front of the camera, Watson takes the art of acting seriously. She has enjoyed success in movies way beyond the world of Harry Potter.

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Watson has received a lot of praise throughout her career. The actress was widely praised for her portrayal of Belle in the adaptation of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. But in 2017, she was nominated for Worst Actress for her work in The Circle, where she portrayed the character of Mae Holland. Ultimately, Tyler Perry ended up taking the award home.

Sir Laurence Olivier

With over fifty movies to his credit, Laurence Olivier enjoyed a prolific and diverse career in cinema. The actor also starred in many plays and took the art of acting very seriously. Throughout his career, he won four Academy Awards and was nominated for an Oscar 13 times. But even this revered actor couldn’t escape the Razzie’s wrath.

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Laurence Olivier took home two Golden Raspberry Awards. The British actor was nominated once for Worst Actor for his part in Inchon in 1982. He was also nominated for Worst Supporting Actor for his part in The Jazz Singer two years earlier in 1990.

Christopher Walken

Having starred in over 100 films and TV shows, Christopher Walken is a beloved actor who also found success as a director, playwright, and screenwriter. Walken is also known for his unique appearance and charisma. He has even appeared in several music videos, including “Weapon of Choice” by Fatboy Slim.

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The revered actor received Razzie nominations for Worst Actor two years in a row. Once in 2002, when he was nominated for his role of Reed Temple in The Country Bears. And again in 2003, when he was nominated for his work in both Kangaroo Jack and Gigli.

Mary Tyler Moore

For her role as Laurie Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show, Moore received critical acclaim for her skills and stellar comedic talent. The actress transitioned between working in TV and the silver screen quite easily, at a time when not many could pull that off. Moore took home seven Emmys and was also nominated for an Academy Award for her job in Ordinary People.

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She was eventually nominated for the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress after portraying the role of Charlotte Dreyfus in Six Weeks, where she starred alongside Dudley Moor. In the film, Moore portrayed the mother of a young girl dying from leukemia. The movie itself received mixed reviews.

Peter O’Toole

A well-respected actor, Peter O’Toole began his training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and found great acclaim as a Shakespearean actor. He took home his first Academy Award nomination for his part of T.E. Lawrence in Lawrence of Arabia. The actor also starred in films such as The Ruling Class and The Lion in Winter.

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Moreover, he received the Academy Honorary Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his outstanding acting career. Unfortunately, Peter also gained recognition from the Razzie Foundation. He was nominated in 1986 for an award as Worst Supporting Actor for his job in Club Paradise. He was also nominated in 1984 as Worst Actor for his role in Supergirl.

Sean Penn

Sean Penn kicked off his acting career in 1974 with a minor part in an episode of Little House on the Prairie. Afterward, in the 1980s, he received plenty of attention for dating and then marrying Madonna. Overall, Sean Penn has taken his acting career very seriously, and he has received two Academy Awards.

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Apart from his Academy Award wins and nominations, the actor was invited to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2004. Before that, Sean Penn was nominated for Worst Actor in a movie he co-starred in with Madonna – Shanghai Surprise.

Winona Ryder

Winona Ryder has experienced great success as both an actress and a producer. She has received praise and prizes throughout her fruitful career. Ryder first graced the screen in the 1986 movie Lucas and shortly after followed it up with Beetlejuice, the movie that made her a household name and kickstarted her acting career.

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Over the years, the actress has received two Academy Award nominations and earned multiple Screen Actors Guild Awards. In 2002, the Golden Raspberry Foundation nominated her for Worst Actress for her job as Babe Bennett in Mr. Deeds. The movie was a comedy featuring Adam Sandler.

Woody Harrelson

Since he kicked off his career as the endearing bartender Woody on the sitcom Cheers, Woody Harrelson reached movie stardom while still acting on the beloved series. Nevertheless, he remained on the show throughout its successful run, and he continued to enjoy a tremendously successful movie career that still thrives.

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Woody Harrelson has earned several awards, including a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor. In 1993, he took home the dreaded prize for his role as David Murphy in Indecent Proposal. Still, the movie is well-remembered and brought up for the moral dilemma that got everyone talking.

Halle Berry

A groundbreaking star, Halle Berry has certainly paved the way for other actresses throughout her career. She is the only African American woman granted the Academy Award for Best Actress. She won the Oscar for her role as Leticia Musgrove in Monster’s Ball. However, with all the praise she has received in her career, Berry has also been nominated for Razzies a few times.

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Halle Berry was first nominated for the Razzie Award in 2004, and she went on to take home the prize later that year for her role as Patience Phillips, also known as Catwoman in the movie Catwoman. Later, in 2013, she was nominated again for two distinct performances – in the movies The Call and Movie 43.

Richard Dreyfuss

Since appearing in American Graffiti, Richard Dreyfuss has been praised and given awards for his performances. Dreyfuss has starred in movies like Jaws and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The actor has also starred in the show The Education of Max Bickford.

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Richard Dreyfuss was on the Golden Raspberry Award list of nominees for Worst Actor for his role as Paul Dietrich in The Competition. He has received no other Worst Actor nominations since that dreadful day in his defense. He has since then won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and even a Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award.

John Travolta

John Travolta is iconic; there’s nothing more to add. The actor was nominated for two Academy Awards and received great critical acclaim and nominations for his performance in the movies Saturday Night Fever and Pulp Fiction. Travolta has also been nominated for several other awards, including the Golden Globe Awards and Primetime Emmy Awards. However, he has also won his fair share of the Golden Raspberry Awards.

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The actor was first nominated for two Razzie Awards in the same year: for Staying Alive and Two of a Kind. Since then, he has been nominated for a total of 12 Razzies.

Isabella Rossellini

Daughter of screen legend Ingrid Bergman and Italian filmmaker Roberto Rossellini, Isabella Rossellini is a natural beauty and has inherited her mother’s talent. She has starred in various films, including Zelly and Me, Death Becomes Her, and Blue Velvet. Along with various other awards, Rossellini was also nominated for a Razzie.

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Most stars aren’t nominated twice in the same year. However, Isabella Rossellini was nominated twice at the 8th Golden Raspberry Awards (ouch!). She was on the Razzie list for Worst Supporting Actress for her job in Tough Guys Don’t Dance and her role as Marie in Siesta. That year though, the award went to Daryl Hannah for Wall Street.

Jon Voight

Jon Voight is one heck of an actor. He was nominated for four Academy Awards (he won one of them) and has been much praised for his skills since he first graced the silver screen in the 1960s. Jon has acted in various movies, including Midnight Cowboy, The Rainmaker, and Surviving the Wild.

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He is the proud father of Angelina Jolie, and one of his recent roles includes a part in the show Ray Donovan. In the late ’90s, Jon Voight was nominated for two Golden Razzie Awards: one for Worst Supporting Actor for his job in Most Wanted and U-Turn. That very same year, he was nominated for Worst Actor for his job in Anaconda.

Angelina Jolie

Just like her dad, Angelina Jolie has gained recognition from both the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Golden Raspberry Award Association. The actress made headlines after giving her acceptance speech at the Academy Awards, in which she took home the award for her role as Lisa in Girl, Interrupted. Later, she was also nominated for her role in The Changeling.

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In total, Angelina has received four Razzie nominations for Worst Actress. Her first one came shortly after she won an Oscar. In 2001, she was nominated for the Razzie Award for her role in Original Sin and Lara Craft: Tomb Raider. The following year, she was nominated for Life or Something Like It and again for two roles in 2003. She was nominated once again in 2004 for her roles in Alexander and Taking Lives.

Robert Redford

Robert Redford enjoyed an extremely successful acting career for several decades until he decided to retire from acting after working on the 2018 film The Old Man & the Gun. Redford also found success as a director and producer. The actor is mostly known for his work in iconic films like Inside Daisy Clover and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

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Throughout his career, he has received impressive awards like the National Medal of Arts and an Honorary Award for his achievements in film. The actor was also nominated for a Golden Razzie Award for Worst Actor back in 1993 for his role as John Gage in Indecent Proposal.

Jennifer Garner

Whether starring on film or TV, Jennifer Garner has enjoyed critical acclaim throughout her diverse career. The talented star first graced our screens in the mini-series Zoya. She has since then appeared in several more movies, including Deconstructing Harry, 13 Going on 30, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, and Dallas Buyers Club.

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The actress has received four Primetime Emmy Award nominations for her role as Sydney Bristow in the show Alias. That same role also earned her a Screen Actors Guild Award and a Golden Globe Award. Unfortunately, she was also nominated for a Razzie Award for Worst Actress for her role as Riley North in Peppermint.

Diane Lane

Diane Lane has enjoyed an incredible and diverse career since she first graced our screens in the movie A Little Romance in 1979. Her four-decade-long career has included a lead role in Unfaithful. The actress was nominated for an Academy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Golden Globe for her role as Constance Sumner in Unfaithful.

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It’s good that Diane Lane didn’t take her Razzie nomination to heart. She was nominated for Best Supporting Actress back in 1984. At the time, she was just five years into her acting career! She was nominated for her performance in two movies – The Cotton Club and Streets of Fire. Ultimately, these awards went to another actress, Lynn-Holly Johnson.

Olivia Newton-John

Olivia Newton-John is considered an Australian icon (although both the UK and the US have their claims on her). She was born in England but lived in Malibu for most of her adulthood. She starred as Sandy in Grease, which is considered one of the most successful movie musicals. The role made her a beloved movie star.

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The follow-up movie to her starring role in Grease was Xanadu. Even though the music in Xanadu was praised, the film itself was not. The actress was nominated for a Razzie Award for her portrayal of Kira. Still, the gracious singer-turned-actress didn’t let it get her down, and she has even joked about the event several times. Thankfully, she went on to win stupendous reviews for other acting gigs, including her part in Sordid Lives and her role in A Mom for Christmas.

Christopher Reeve

After becoming famous in 1978 for his starring role in Superman, Christopher Reeve worked hard to showcase his skills as a serious actor. Reeve had trained at Julliard and had even bunked in the same room as Robin Williams. He earned much praise for his performance in movies such as Somewhere in Time.

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Both an actor and an activist, Reeve was a high-quality man. Even before the 1995 accident that tragically left him paralyzed, it would have been difficult to find anyone who had something bad to say about the actor. Still, he was nominated for a Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actor for his roles as Blaine Bingham in Switching Channels.

Tim Curry

Tim Curry has had a truly colorful career. He has played memorable characters such as the Grand Wizard in The Worst Witch, Pennywise the clown in It (a mini-series from the ’90s), and Dr. Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

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Curry has also shown his comedic side in the sequel Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. Finally, decades into his career, the dreaded Razzies association acknowledged the actor. His role as Herkmermer Homolka in Congo earned him the nomination for Worst Supporting Actor. Ultimately, the award went to Dennis Hopper for his job in Waterworld.

Robert Urich

Robert Urich was not only a film and TV star, but he was also a genuinely good person, described by his friends as being very generous. The actor was devoted to his wife Heather Menzies, who starred as Louisa in The Sound of Music, and their three kids. Unfortunately, the beloved actor died at the young age of 55 after a battle with cancer.

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Urich received much praise; however, he kept a sense of humor about his star status. He even made an appearance in Cheers in a skit that poked a bit of fun at himself. Given his easygoing attitude, Urich probably wasn’t too worried or upset about being nominated for a Razzie back in 1985 for his part in Turk 182.

Jamie Dornan

Jamie Dornan is one diverse actor who has played many characters throughout his career. He starred as a serial killer in The Fall and as a sheriff in Once Upon a Time. Critics have highly praised Jamie’s work. He even earned an Irish Film and Television Award for Best Actor (for The Fall).

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Ultimately, his role as Christian Grey in the movie adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey granted him worldwide fame and success. The erotic franchise was a blockbuster success; however, it was also the project that gave him his two nominations for Worst Actor. Jamie won the Razzie in 2015 for Fifty Shades of Grey and was nominated yet again two years later for the franchise’s second film.

George C. Scott

Best known for his performance as Ebenezer Scrooge in the 1984 adaptation of A Christmas Carol and as George S. Patton in Patton, Scott is one of the most revered stars. The actor made headlines when he rejected his Academy Award for Best Actor, which he won for playing George S. Patton.

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Finally, when George C. Scott was nominated for a Razzie, he completely ignored it. Scott was on the Golden Raspberry Award list in 1990 for his role as Lt. William Kinderman in The Exorcist III.

Amy Irving

Oddly enough, Amy Irving was nominated for an Academy Award and a Razzie in the same year for the same film role: her performance as Hadass in the 1983 film Yentl. People had different opinions about her acting. Ultimately, Irving didn’t win either award.

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Before being nominated for a Razzie (for her performance in Yentl), Amy was nominated for the Worst Supporting Actress award for her job in Honeysuckle Rose, the film that is also sometimes called On the Road Again. In the movie, she stars alongside Willie Nelson and Dyan Cannon.