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    10 Times Non-Australians Succeeded At Nailing Our Accent And 9 Times They Horribly Butchered It

    In this house, we stan Dev Patel and his Australian accent.

    Recently we asked the BuzzFeed Community to share the best and worst Australian accents attempted by non-Australian actors. Here's what they said!

    1. BEST: Kate Winslet in The Dressmaker

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    "She did such a good job that I literally had to Google in case she was Aussie and I’d somehow missed it." —bethw41d9ffb62

    Why it's good: Training with dialect coach Victoria Mielewska, English actress Kate Winslet has a flawless Australian accent in The Dressmaker. She not only sounds Australian, but it feels like she's one of us — if that makes sense. In all honesty, it's a joy to hear — especially when you compare it to other attempts on this list.

    2. WORST: Max Martini and Robert Kazinsky in Pacific Rim

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    "The 'Aussie' accents in Pacific Rim were beyond bad. I honestly wasn't even aware the characters were meant to be Australian." —Matt Hollier, Facebook

    Why it's bad: Like Matt said, these have to go down in history as, quite possibly, the worst Australian accents ever attempted. While Max Martini and Robertini Kazingsky (who are from the UK and USA respectively) are meant to be playing Aussie characters — that are named Chuck and Hercules Hansen FYI — their accents sound like a Cockney/Scottish mess.

    3. BEST: Daniel Radcliffe in December Boys

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    Submitted by: s42d3a824f

    Why it's good: Daniel Radcliffe does a pretty impressive job of the Australian accent in December Boys. It does dip in and out throughout the movie, but it's far from being the worst ever attempted. It's more so that it sounds very stereotypically imported Australian, rather than what we would hear in our own backyard. Still, Daniel spent a good six months studying and practicing the Australian accent prior to shooting, admitting that it's one that is easy to caricature but difficult to master properly.

    4. WORST: Quentin Tarantino in Django Unchained

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    Submitted by: lilithshore

    Why it's bad: While Quentin Tarantino did end up explaining his bizarre cameo in Django Unchained, which featured him playing an Australian miner, he never did give a reason for why his accent was so...terrible. It's genuinely unidentifiable and I'm left wondering as to where exactly he got his inspiration from.

    5. BEST: Dev Patel in Lion

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    Submitted by: Isha Bassi

    Why it's good: In Lion, British actor Dev Patel delivered what many consider to be one of the best Australian accents pulled off by a foreign actor. Working with dialect coach Jenny Kent for eight months, Dev admitted that at first, he sounded like a "Steve Irwin mash-up". But, his hard work obviously paid off because his Australian accent sounded so natural and effortless. It's no wonder that Dev received a Best Actor nomination at the Academy Awards and that Lion became one of the highest-grossing Australian films of all time. There was no "bad accent" to detract from the story!

    6. WORST: Kate McKinnon in Rough Night

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    "It was not the best and Kate's usually amazing!" —robynj2

    Why it's bad: Look, usually Kate Mckinnon does on-point impressions, but her Australian accent in Rough Night is just not it. Although she listened to Aussie podcasts to prepare, the result — personally — sounds more Kiwi-esque than true blue Australian.

    7. BEST: Andrew Lincoln in Penguin Bloom

    Roadshow Films

    "Andrew Lincoln was excellent. He was spot on with the Aussie accent." —laurenhenderson2

    Why it's good: Another Brit who delivered on Australia's notoriously difficult accent was Andrew Lincoln in Penguin Bloom. From the get-go, director Glendyn Ivin was impressed by Andrew's performance: "The first time I saw Andrew, in his hotel room pretty soon after he arrived, he answered the door speaking with an Australian accent and he didn't drop it through the entire production. Now, when I've spoken to him since and he's back using his English accent, it seems strange."

    8. WORST: Robert Downey Jr. in Natural Born Killers

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    Submitted by: Hameda Nafiz

    Why it's bad: This is a textbook example of how not to do an Australian accent, tbh. Robert Downey Jr's performance in Natural Born Killers is filled with exaggerated vowels and comes off as a lot more stressed compared to the usually relaxed, laid back tones of a true Australian.

    9. BEST: Stephen Fry in QI


    Submitted by: lilithshore

    Why it's good: In all honesty, this is a bang on Australian accent done by Stephen Fry. There's no over-exaggeration, with the result sounding incredibly natural and probably more Australian than I've ever sounded. If you don't believe me, listen to it yourself.

    10. WORST: Meryl Streep in Evil Angels / Cry In The Dark

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    "Meryl Streep as Lindy Chamberlain will always be a classic bad Aussie accent to me. I can still hear 'A dingo ate my baby!'" —libby77

    Why it's bad: To be fair, Meryl Streep had it tough trying to emulate the accent of a New Zealand-born Australian woman for Evil Angels. It's a solid attempt, but it's still not convincing enough for us locals.

    11. BEST: Benedict Cumberbatch in The Fifth Estate


    Submitted by: cheesecake21

    Why it's good: While this movie based on Julian Assange and the news-breaking website WikiLeaks flopped, Benedict Cumberbatch's Australian accent didn't. It is definitely nasally and dips into South African territory at times, but when you compare it to Assange's accent, it's pretty damn spot on.

    12. WORST: Kirby Howell-Baptiste in The Good Place


    "I honestly thought that the big twist of that season was going to be revolving around them still being in the Bad Place because the accent was so bad. I thought there was no way they were in the 'real' Australia." —tenieller

    Why it's bad: Considering that Kirby Howell-Baptiste is such an incredibly talented actor, I was among the many who thought there was a ~deeper~ meaning behind the terrible fake Australian accents in The Good Place. Turns out there wasn't! According to Michael Schur, it was the case of Kirby "just being the best actor for the job." He said: "My ear, and anyone's ear who lives in the States, for how good or bad an Australian accent is, is always going to be functioning at maybe 10 per cent of what a native's would be."

    For why it doesn't pass the test — honestly, it just sounds too exaggerated and a bit more Kiwi rather than Aussie.

    13. BEST: Liev Schreiber in Mental

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    Submitted by: Clare Aston

    Why it's good: Alongside Aussies Toni Collette, Rebecca Gibney and Anthony LaPaglia, Liev Schreiber blends in seamlessly with his take on the Australian accent. Like, I've never watched this movie, but I took a peek at the trailer and had to rewatch it multiple times because I kept missing when Liev would pop in — that's how good and natural his accent sounded. Perhaps being married to an Australian, Naomi Watts, at the time helped him nail it.

    14. WORST: Zac Efron in Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates

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    Submitted by: Isha Bassi

    Why it's bad: I...don't know what to say about this one. Like, it sort of just sounds like Zac Efron's normal voice, but with a bit of a Southern drawl added??? Basically, it's bad and not at all how we Australians speak. But, at least he pronounces "Melbourne" correctly!

    15. BEST: Elisabeth Moss in Top Of The Lake


    "Elisabeth Moss did a great accent in Season 1 of Top Of The Lake. Her character was a Kiwi who had lived in Australia for years and she totally nailed the subtle differences in the vowels!" —normadeguerre

    Why it's good: This one is a bit divisive — some people called Elisabeth Moss' Australian accent woeful, while others think it's a really good. As someone who hasn't seen the show and just watched the trailer, I personally think it's a solid attempt, which definitely doesn't belong in the "worst" pile. It probably helped that Elisabeth worked with dialect coach Victoria Mielewska in the lead-up to filming, getting her to send recordings each night so that Elisabeth could hit the right intonation.

    16. WORST: John Lithgow in Pitch Perfect 3

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    "As amazing as an actor John Lithgow generally is, he really missed the mark on this accent." —jaccheni

    Why it's bad: It's another case of a great American actor just truly butchering the Australian accent. While clips are sort of hard to find, you can hear John give it a go during this interview — and it's not even close to good. What's even more wild is that Rebel Wilson, who is Australian by the way, helped John by being his dialect coach.

    17. BEST: Kate Winslet in Holy Smoke

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    Submitted by: Julia Willing

    Why it's good: While Kate Winslet impressed in The Dressmaker, her first attempt at an Australian accent was in the 1999 movie, Holy Smoke. Even back then, Kate was nailing it — in fact, she was probably the first foreign actor to really nail the Australian accent on screen. Give it a listen yourself and you'll see what I'm talking about.

    18. WORST: Matt Frewer in Eureka


    Submitted by: trinamareena

    Why it's bad: Bless Matt Frewer, but Australians fans, quite frankly, thought he did a terrible job at portraying the Australian accent. People said it was all over the place, dipping into British, Kiwi and South African territory.

    In an interview with the AV club, Matt clarified his attempt and said: "Well, there was an Australian guy on the set, and he'd kind of go [In an Australian accent.] 'Ah, it’s perfect!' He loved it. And then I’ve heard other people say, 'Oh, you’re butchering it!' So people can criticise it if they want. I don’t really mind. I was doing exactly what I wanted to do with it, which was a softened Canberra accent."

    19. BEST: Brian Jordan Alvarez in his viral videos

    Submitted by: bluefan95

    Why it's good: Alright, so this wasn't part of any specific TV show or movie, but you might recognise Brian Jordan Alvarez from when he starred in Will And Grace — so it technically fits the bill of a foreign actor attempting an Australian accent! As for why Brian's performance is so good, well, he nails the upward inflection and the casual swearing that all us Australians love to incorporate. It sounds so bloody natural that when I first saw this video last year, I thought he was just another Aussie joking around.

    Note: Not all submissions are from the BuzzFeed Community — a couple are from our writers!

    Are there any other Australian accents that have been attempted by actors that are worth mentioning? Feel free to praise or roast 'em in the comments!

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