Oscar: Best Actor–Weakest Performances

In 93 years of Oscar, 82 men have won the Best Actor Oscar; some more than once.

For example, in 2021, Anthony Hopkins, earned his second Best Actor, in a major upset, for The Father.

Not all of the honored performances were of high-caliber.

Below please find my list of the weakest (least deserving) performances by the Best Actor winners.

I have arranged them in chronological order

Warner Baxter, In Old Arizona, 1929

Spencer Tracy, Captains Courageous, 1937

Paul Lukas, Watch on the Rhine, 1943

Jose Ferrer, Cyrano de Bergerac, 1950

David Niven, Separate Tables, 1958

Lee Marvin, Cat Ballou, 1965

Cliff Robertson, Charly, 1968

Richard Dreyfuss, The Goodbye Girl, 1977

Roberto Benigni, Life Is Beautiful, 1998

Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything, 2014