February 20, 2014 at 12:26 pm #142146
Sometimes we get into the Oscar mood around this season and accept someone is going to win, and especially in these later years where there are billions of precursors, it becomes very easy for someone to sweep.
However, as time goes on, there are wins that really have you saying “WTF???” and “How the hell did they win?” – and it is even more perplexing when you consider all the precursors that person won.
What are examples of wins you really have no idea how they happened?
To me, Octavia Spencer comes to mind. It is a cute performance, but it is in no way Oscar-worthy. We all assumed she would win after she started sweeping, but sandwiched in-between a tour-de-force performance by Melissa Leo and a mesmerizing win by Anne Hathaway, Spencer seems like a VERY odd choice.February 20, 2014 at 12:32 pm #142148
JENNIFER LAWRENCE! Sorry. I just do not get it.
Octavia Spencer. Good. But an Oscar? No way. Chastain and Howard were more deserving.
Kate Winslet. I know it was her “turn,” but that film was awful. If she had to win that year, should have been for Revolutionary Road.February 20, 2014 at 12:41 pm #142149
Jennifer Lawrence too.February 20, 2014 at 12:43 pm #142150
McConaughey.February 20, 2014 at 12:44 pm #142151
Going to sound random but I never will understand why and how Bing Crosby won an Oscar for “Going My Way”.February 20, 2014 at 12:50 pm #142153
Art CartneyFebruary 20, 2014 at 12:59 pm #142154
Another one: Christoph Waltz (Django)February 20, 2014 at 1:04 pm #142155
February 20, 2014 at 1:05 pm #142156
Tour-de-force performance by Melissa Leo? But she didn’t win for Prisoners.
I’m gonna go with The Silence of the Lambs. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s one of the best Best Picture winners of all time, but the content of the film seems like something that would make the Academy run away screaming. It’s victory over a film like Bugsy (made to win Oscars) is even more surprising.
Also The Hurt Locker for screenplay. Tarantino should have easily won for IB. Boal should have won for ZD30.
Halle Berry’s ghastly performance in Monster’s Ball should have earned her a Razzie. But alas, politics.February 20, 2014 at 1:06 pm #142157
Oh and Gwyneth Paltrow of course.
Don’t understand the hate for Lawrence. It was a famously weak year and the best performance (Cotillard) wasn’t even nominated. I would actually agree that Lawrence was the best of the nominees.February 20, 2014 at 1:24 pm #142158
Tom Hooper’s win. Any win for Tom Hooper.
Cotillard should’ve been nominated over Wallis.
THere should be a thread for Oscar snubs that made you scratch your head. The Master’s craft snubs would be #1 of recent times.February 20, 2014 at 1:31 pm #142160
The Master getting snubbed in practically every category……. I will never forgive the academy for that.