Oscar Nominees' Cheesy Movie Pasts Revealed

Not every performance is up to Academy Award standards! We look at the films actors would prefer you forget

There are more good actors in Hollywood than good movies, as any of this year's Oscar nominees would tell you. All of these great actors started somewhere, and even if they hit stardom on their very first film (we're looking at you, Anne Hathaway!) or get nominated for an Oscar every other year (hi, Philip Seymour Hoffman!), they inevitably made some bad decisions along the way. Here's our roundup of some of this year's notable Oscar nominees, and the movie roles they'd probably like you to forget.

Daniel Day-Lewis, Stars and Bars
Bet you didn't think this guy had anything to be ashamed of, huh? You have to go back to 1988 to find this unfunny comedy, in which Lewis plays a stuffy British art dealer trying to hunt down a rare painting in rural Georgia.

Anne Hathaway, Bride Wars
Why did Hathaway follow up her Oscar-nominated role in Rachel Getting Married with this awful bridezilla flick? Maybe if she's away from romantic comedies for too long, she breaks into hives.

Bradley Cooper, All About Steve
If participating in this 2009 stalker comedy was embarrassing for Cooper, it was doubly so for Sandra Bullock, who was in the middle of an otherwise-successful comeback. They both laughed it off, and now share a Razzie Award for Worst Screen Couple.

Helen Hunt, Girls Just Want to Have Fun
Hunt starred opposite an equally young Sarah Jessica Parker in this silly 1985 teen comedy about Catholic school girls who enter a TV dance competition.

Hugh Jackman, Oklahoma!
A year before X-Men (2000), Jackman participated in a filmed stage version of this Rogers & Hammerstein musical, reprising his London performance as cowboy Curly. He's perfectly good in it, but if you're looking for cheese, this one oozes it.

Jennifer Lawrence, The Beaver
Just a few months after shooting the indie drama Winter's Bone (2010), Lawrence shot a small part in this Mel Gibson comedy about a man who starts speaking through a beaver puppet. If she'd known she would soon be an Oscar nominee, maybe she would have sat this one out.

Naomi Watts, Tank Girl
Watts played a character named "Jet Girl" in this 1995 comic-book adaptation. The plot involves mutant kangaroos. 'Nuff said.

Alan Arkin, So I Married An Axe Murder
Arkin had an uncredited role as Anthony LaPaglia's boss in this 1993 comedy, Mike Myers's unsuccessful follow-up to Wayne's World.

Robert De Niro, Hide and Seek
For a great actor, De Niro sure has made a lot of bad movies. This 2005 Dakota Fanning horror film is still fresh in our minds; despite terrible reviews and a really corny twist ending, it was actually a pretty big hit.

Philip Seymour Hoffman, My Boyfriend's Back
This 1993 comedy was about a dead teenager who came back as a zombie to go to prom. Weirdly, a pre-fame Matthew McConaughey and Renee Zellweger were also in it.

Tommy Lee Jones, Batman Forever
We'd like to think that Jones, Nicole Kidman and Drew Barrymore get together from time to time to reminisce about making this ridiculous comic-book movie. But they probably don't.

Amy Adams, Cruel Intentions 2
If this were a contest, Amy Adams would totally win: the 2000 straight-to-video sequel to Cruel Intentions is as cheesy as it gets.

Like this? Want more?
Connect with Us
Follow Our Pins

Yummy recipes, DIY projects, home decor, fashion and more curated by iVillage staffers.

Follow Our Tweets

The very dirty truth about fashion internships... DUN DUN @srslytheshow http://t.co/wfewf

On Instagram

Behind-the-scenes pics from iVillage.

Best of the Web