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