Top 10 Most Forgettable Actors Who Won Best Actor at the Oscars

Actors who won the Academy Award for Lead Actor, but it didn't help their career and they never came close to their Academy Award Winning Performance.
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1.
Forest Whitaker
Actor, Arrival
Forest Steven Whitaker has packaged a king-size talent into his hulking 6' 2", 220 lb. frame. He won an Academy Award for his performance as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in the 2006 film The Last King of Scotland, and has also won a Golden Globe and a BAFTA. He is the fourth African-American male to win an Academy Award for Best Actor...
“ Winner for The Last King of Scotland. just a few years later he was doing tv. ” - kickit3000
 
2.
Jamie Foxx
Jamie Foxx is an American actor, singer, and comedian. He won an Academy Award for Best Actor, BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, and Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy, for his work in the 2004 biographical film Ray. The same year, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the action film Collateral...
“ Winner for Ray. Shortly after winning the oscar he starred in several box office flops including Miami Vice and Stealth. He has yet to capitalize on his oscar win. ” - kickit3000
 
3.
Adrien Brody
Adrien Nicholas Brody was born in Woodhaven, Queens, New York, the only child of retired history professor Elliot Brody and Hungarian-born photographer Sylvia Plachy. He accompanied his mother on assignments for the Village Voice, and credits her with making him feel comfortable in front of the camera...
“ Winner for The Pianist. Just a few years after winning the oscar, he was reduced to doing TV Commercials. Doesn't look like he'll ever become the big star that people thought he would one day become. ” - kickit3000
 
4.
“ Winner for Life Is Beautiful. For a short time was the toast of Hollywood, now the question is... where is he now? ” - kickit3000
 
5.
F. Murray Abraham
F. Murray Abraham was born on October 24, 1939 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and raised in El Paso, Texas. Primarily a stage actor, Abraham made his screen debut as an usher in the George C. Scott comedy They Might Be Giants. By the mid-1970s, Murray had steady employment as an actor, doing commercials and voice-over work...
“ Winner for Amadeus. ” - kickit3000
 
6.
William Hurt
William McChord Hurt was born in Washington, D.C., to Claire Isabel (McGill) and Alfred McChord Hurt, who worked at the State Department. He was trained at Tufts University and The Juilliard School and has been nominated for four Academy Awards, including the most recent nomination for his supporting role in David Cronenberg's A History of Violence...
“ Winner for Kiss of the Spider Woman. Once considered a leading man, but after appearing in a few high profile movies after winning the oscar such as Broadcast news, he quickly vanished and is now considered a character actor due to his weight gain and hair loss. ” - kickit3000
 
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“ Winner for Harry and Tonto. After winning he never got any good roles that came his way and virtually disappeared from Hollywood shortly after winning. ” - kickit3000
 
8.
Cliff Robertson
Actor, Spider-Man
A serious and talented actor, at his best playing somewhat troubled characters, Cliff Robertson has been a fairly successful leading man through most of his career without ever becoming a major star. Following strong stage and television experience, he made an interesting film debut in a supporting role in Picnic...
“ Winner for Charly. ” - kickit3000
 
9.
Paul Scofield
Though his number of film roles amount to a bit over 30, Paul Scofield has cast a giant shadow in the world of stage and film acting. He grew up in West Sussex, the son of a schoolmaster. He attended the Varndean School for Boys in Brighton. The love of acting came early. While still high school age...
“ Winner for A Man for All Seasons. ” - kickit3000
 
10.
Maximilian Schell
Maximilian Schell was the most successful German-speaking actor in English-language films since Emil Jannings, the winner of the first Best Actor Academy Award. Like Jannings, Schell won the Oscar, but unlike him, he was a dedicated anti-Nazi. Indeed, with the exception of Maurice Chevalier and Marcello Mastroianni...
“ Winner for Judgment at Nuremberg. ” - kickit3000