Whether for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, or Best Director, there has been some winner who could charitably be said to have been less than deserving of the Oscar. Some winners have benefited from weak competition, others were rewarded for the entirety of their careers, and at least one manged to win because of threats to Academy voters. Because a comprehensive list would be exhausting, here are six of the most egregious winners of the Academy Award.
1. Victor Fleming for ‘Gone With the Wind’ – 1939
Yes, Gone With the Wind was one of the greatest films ever made and one of the most identifiable classics of all time, but Victor Fleming was but one of three directors to work on the sprawling Civil War epic. Originally, producer David O. Selznick hired George Cukor to steer the adaptation of Margaret Mitchell’s novel, but three weeks into shooting – and after two years of pre-production –