News Nuggets: What are the 10 biggest Oscar upsets for Best Picture?

Scott Bowles looks back over Oscar history at the 10 biggest upsets for Best Picture. His list and discussion includes “How Green Was My Valley” over “Citizen Kane” (1941), “Rocky” over “Taxi Driver” (1976), “Ordinary People” over “Raging Bull” (1980), “Chariots of Fire” over “Reds” (1981), “Dances with Wolves” over “Goodfellas” (1990), “Forrest Gump” over “Pulp Fiction” (1994), “Braveheart” over “Apollo 13” (1995), “The English Patient” over “Fargo” (1996), “Shakespeare in Love” over “Saving Private Ryan” (1998), and “Crash” over “Brokeback Mountain” (2005). USA Today.

Lupita Nyong’o steals the show on the BAFTA red carpet. Other highlights are Angelina Jolie in a custom-made Saint Laurent tuxedo, similar to the one worn by her husband Brad Pitt, the winning producer of BAFTA’s Best Picture (“12 Years a Slave”). Other popular choices are Cate Blanchett, Amy Adams, Lily Allen, and Sally Hawkins. The Guardian.

Tim Gray might be another pundit (after Gold Derby’s Tom O’Neil) jumping on the Leonardo DiCaprio train for Oscar’s Best Actor. He says, “Any other year, the answer would be an easy yes” for DiCaprio to win for “The Wolf of Wall Street.” The recent victories by Matthew McConaughey (“Dallas Buyers Club“) are indicating otherwise. He offers pros and cons for each of the five contenders. Variety.

Scott Feinberg has an exclusive “in conversation” video interview with hot international star Benedict Cumberbatch. In the 55-minute chat, the star of “Sherlock and Oscar contenders “12 Years a Slave” and “August: Osage County” opens up about many issues. They include acting advice, shooting many takes of scenes, and the fears of social media taking over his life. Hollywood Reporter.

Calling it a “surprisingly entertaining ceremony,” the scientific and technical awards are handed out by the Motion Picture Academy this weekend. Hosted by Kristen Bell and Michael B. Jordan, the annual event offered up many certificates, plaques, and an actual Oscar statuette to Peter W. Anderson, recipient of the Gordon E. Sawyer award. Highlights will be featured on the televised Oscar ceremony. Deadline.

Jennifer Lawrence is the first announced presenter of this year’s Oscar ceremony on March 2. As last year’s winner of the Best Actress category for “Silver Linings Playbook,” tradition would say she is tapped to present Best Actor this year. HitFix.

For this weekend’s box office, “The Lego Movie” continues its strong pace by bringing in another $48 million in its second week. Newcomer “About Last Night” with Kevin Hart scores $27 million for second place. Just behind is another debut, the remake of “RoboCop” makes $21 million. One of the worst performers is “Winter’s Tale” starring Colin Farrell, coming in seventh position with just $7.7 million. Thompson on Hollywood.

For President’s Day, a new photo gallery provides a look at 17 actors who have played the Commander-in-Chief. It includes Jeff Daniels (“The Crossing”), Daniel Day-Lewis (“Lincoln”), Paul Giamatti (“John Adams”), Anthony Hopkins (“Amistad,” “Nixon”), Frank Langella (“Frost/Nixon”), Bill Murray (“Hyde Park on Hudson”), and Jon Voight (“Pearl Harbor”). Backstage.

2 thoughts on “News Nuggets: What are the 10 biggest Oscar upsets for Best Picture?

  1. Ordinary People, Forrest Gump & Dances With Wolves were not upsets. Each was a heavy favorite to win Best Picture in it’s respective year. Crash & Chariots of Fire were big upsets. Shakespeare in Love & Braveheart were mild upsets. While Rocky one in a close & competitive year, both Network & All The President’s Men were the strongest competitors, each winning most of the Oscars up to Best Picture. Taxi Driver, albeit a great film had no chance at winning the Best Picture. If you’re looking at some true upsets, try An American in Paris over A Place in the Sun & A Streetcar Named Desire in 1950; The Greatest Show on Earth over High Noon in 1951; and Oliver over The Lion in Winter in 1968

  2. Clearly the person writely this is trying to rewrite history. He is going by what “history” now considers the better movie or what should have won instead of what was a upset at the time. For 1990 at the time it would have been one of the biggest upsets in Oscar history if Goodfellas had beat Dances with wolves.

    I don’t have a probelm with a story about “wrong” Best Pisture but to call most of these upsets is like I said is to rewrite history.

    Even Rocky was the favorite going to Oscar night. It was loved by the public lead the nominations and had the DGA. Most writers were predicting a win. The surprise that night was that it almost lost not that it won.

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