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Poll: When the Villain Wins an Oscar

When supporting characters are not that 'supporting' ... when the leads lead a selfish crusade in the name of greed, cruelty or a wicked vision of power ... or when the darkest sides of the human soul inspire powerful and unforgettable perforamances allowing the villain to have a final revenge... and take the Oscar home.

Which of these oscar-winning performances as a real-life or fictional villain is your favorite?

After voting, you may discuss the list here

(PS: Vito Corleone isn't included not because he's a good guy but to call him a 'villain' in the film's narrative would make no sense, his son Michael was a villain in the second opus, although a tragic one)

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    Heath Ledger and Martin Ballantyne in The Dark Knight (2008)

    The Joker (Heath Ledger) in The Dark Knight
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    Anthony Hopkins in The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

    Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) in The Silence of the Lambs
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    Kevin Kline in A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

    Otto West (Kevin Kline) in A Fish Called Wanda
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    Louise Fletcher in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

    Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher) in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
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    "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" Frederic March 1931 Paramount / **I.V.

    Mr. Edward Hyde (Fredric March) in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
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    Christoph Waltz in Inglourious Basterds (2009)

    Col. Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz) in Inglourious Basterds
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    Mo'Nique in Precious (2009)

    Mary (Mo'Nique) in Precious
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    Best Supporting Actor

    Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem) in No Country for Old Men
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    Forest Whitaker in The Last King of Scotland (2006)

    Idi Amin Dada (Forest Whitaker) in The Last King in Scotland
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    Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will Be Blood (2007)

    Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis) in There Will Be Blood
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    Denzel Washington in Training Day (2001)

    Alonzo Harris (Denzel Washington) in Training Day
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    Kevin Spacey in The Usual Suspects (1995)

    Roger 'Verbal' Kint (Kevin Spacey) in The Usual Suspects
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    Gene Hackman in Unforgiven (1992)

    Sheriff "Little" Bill Daggett (Gene Hackman) in Unforgiven
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    Glenn Close and Jeremy Irons in Reversal of Fortune (1990)

    Claüs Von Bulow (Jeremy Irons) in Reversal of Fortune
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    Kathy Bates in Misery (1990)

    Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates) in Misery
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    Joe Pesci in Goodfellas (1990)

    Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci) in Goodfellas
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    Michael Douglas in Wall Street (1987)

    Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) in Wall Street
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    F. Murray Abraham in Amadeus (1984)

    Antonio Salieri (F. Murray Abraham) in Amadeus
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    Faye Dunaway in Network (1976)

    Diana Christensen (Faye Dunaway) in Network
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    Ruth Gordon in Rosemary's Baby (1968)

    Minnie Castevet (Ruth Gordon) in Rosemary's Baby
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    Shelley Winters and Wallace Ford in A Patch of Blue (1965)

    Mary Ann D'Arcey (Shelley Winters) in A Patch of Blue
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    Ed Begley in Sweet Bird of Youth (1962)

    Boos Finley (Ed Begley) in Sweet Bird of Youth
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    Broderick Crawford in All the King's Men (1949)

    Wille Stark (Broderick Crawford) in All the King's Men
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    Walter Brennan in The Westerner (1940)

    Judge Roy Bean (Walter Brennan) in The Westerner
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    Claude Rains and Gale Sondergaard in Anthony Adverse (1936)

    Faith (Gale Sondergaard) in Anthony Adverse

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