Ultimate List of Oscar-winning Villains

February 26, 2012

Not all the goody two-shoes on the screen have impressed AMPAS through the years. Sometimes it's those who have made us ground our teeth in anger who take home the little gold men. In line with the occasion tomorrow, here is our rundown of Academy Award-winning villains:

1. Rose-Ann D'Arcey

Racism had a great champion onscreen: Rose-Ann D'Arcey, played by Shelley Winters in 1965’s A Patch of Blue. Winters bagged the Academy Award for Best Actress in the supporting role of an overbearing mother to a white teenager in love with a black man, played by Sidney Poitier.

2. Minnie Castevet

In 1968, Ruth Gordon’s character made living hell for Mia Farrow in Rosemary's Baby. AMPAS gave Gordon the acting award for the supporting performance—most probably for fear of a real Satanic ritual over their heads.

3. Nurse Mildred Ratched

Louise Fletcher was the object of hate in cinemas when she played the iconic nurse from hell in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. One of the most hated fictional women of all time, Nurse Ratched was crowned among the five greatest movie villains by the American Film Institute (AFI) no less. Decades before that, in 1975, she had taken home the Best Actress Academy Award for this role.

4. Diana Christensen

Way before The Social Network and Mark Zuckerberg, there were Network and the fictional Diana Christensen. Playing the blindly ambitious TV producer, Faye Dunaway nabbed the Best Actress Oscar in 1976.

5. Annie Wilkes

Stephen King could not have been happier to see the demented stalker in Misery made real by Kathy Bates. So chilled was the Academy by Bates’ performance that they gave her the Oscar for Best Actress in 1990.

6. Aileen Wuornos

In real life, Aileen Wuornos wove a web of fear around her as a hooker who killed her clients. At a safe distance, cinemagoers could watch Charlize Theron playing this murderous Monster. This killer portrayal won Theron the Oscar for Best Actress in 2003.

7. Karen Crowder

Tilda Swinton was simply deplorable in 2007’s Michael Clayton, in which she played an unfeeling lawyer with a murderous bent. According to AMPAS law, the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress should go to the year’s finest performance. Swinton evidently nailed it.

8. Mary Lee Johnston

Mary Lee Johnston dashed all stereotypes of mothers in raising Precious, the hero of the eponymous novel by Sapphire. Mary was played in the subsequent film by Mo'Nique, whose performance impressed the Academy enough to give her the supporting act Oscar for 2009.

9. Alice Ward

Melissa Leo's portrayal of Alice Ward, the feisty mother of boxing champ Micky Ward, in The Fighter gave her the top supporting notice last year. The real Ward died a few months after her Oscar win.

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