It's well-known that villains make for some of the best roles and that businessmen (and women) make for some the best villains. So it's a wonder there are so few Oscar-lauded performances as evil entrepreneurs or corporate types. (Perhaps Hollywood's Oscar voters find nothing particularly exotic about tyrannical, power-hungry one-percenters.) Nonetheless, the gallery assembled here---ranging from private-equity sharks to turn-of-the-century oil titans---should strike fear in the hearts of all law-abiding Oscar lovers as they look forward to Sunday's Academy Awards.

Photographs by Everett Collection

It's well-known that villains make for some of the best roles and that businessmen (and women) make for some the best villains. So it's a wonder there are so few Oscar-lauded performances as evil entrepreneurs or corporate types. (Perhaps Hollywood's Oscar voters find nothing particularly exotic about tyrannical, power-hungry one-percenters.) Nonetheless, the gallery assembled here---ranging from private-equity sharks to turn-of-the-century oil titans---should strike fear in the hearts of all law-abiding Oscar lovers as they look forward to Sunday's Academy Awards.

Photographs by Everett Collection

Oscar's Eight Most-Wicked Business Characters Ever

Oscar Worthy Villains
Oscar Worthy Villains

It's well-known that villains make for some of the best roles and that businessmen (and women) make for some the best villains. So it's a wonder there are so few Oscar-lauded performances as evil entrepreneurs or corporate types. (Perhaps Hollywood's Oscar voters find nothing particularly exotic about tyrannical, power-hungry one-percenters.) Nonetheless, the gallery assembled here---ranging from private-equity sharks to turn-of-the-century oil titans---should strike fear in the hearts of all law-abiding Oscar lovers as they look forward to Sunday's Academy Awards.

Photographs by Everett Collection

Michael Corleone (The Godfather: Part II, Best Picture, 1974)
Michael Corleone (The Godfather: Part II, Best Picture, 1974)
Played by: Al Pacino, Best Actor nominee, 1974
Occupation: Olive oil importer (secondarily: casino owner, racketeer, drug kingpin, mob don, Cuban resort investor)
Evilest Deed: Whacking his brother, Fredo
Memorable quote: "If anything in this life is certain, if history has taught us anything, it is that you can kill anyone."
Karen Crowder (Michael Clayton)
Karen Crowder (Michael Clayton)
Played by: Tilda Swinton, Best Supporting Actress, 2007
Occupation: Corporate attorney
Evilest Deed: Screwing over George Clooney
Memorable quote: "When you really are enjoying what it is you do, who needs balance? There's your balance!"
Noah Cross (Chinatown, Best Picture nominee, 1974)
Noah Cross (Chinatown, Best Picture nominee, 1974)
Played by: John Huston (15-time Oscar nominee, two-time winner)
Occupation: Real estate developer
Evilest Deeds: Impregnating daughter, murdering her husband, lusting after granddaughter/daughter.
Memorable quote: "I don't blame myself. You see, Mr. Gitts, most people don't have to face the fact that, at the right time and the right place, they are capable of anything."
Arthur Jensen (Network)
Arthur Jensen (Network)
Played by: Ned Beatty, Best Actor nominee, 1976
Occupation: TV network chairman
Evilest Deed: Silencing news anchor Howard Beale's righteous, populist anger in order to promote unbridled capitalism
Memorable quote: "You have meddled with the primal forces of nature, Mr. Beale, and I won't have it! ... There is no America. There is no democracy. There is only IBM and ITT and AT&T and DuPont, Dow, Union Carbide, and Exxon. Those are the nations of the world today."
Gordon Gekko (Wall Street)
Gordon Gekko (Wall Street)
Played by: Michael Douglas, Best Actor, 1987
Occupation: Corporate raider, self-help guru
Evilest Deed: (Tie) Insider trading; corrupting a young Charlie Sheen
Memorable quote: "Greed, for lack of a better word, is good"