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  • darthvader12
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    #20: Ellen Burstyn (Requiem for a Dream) loses Best Actress to Julia Roberts (Erin Brockovich)

    #19: Wreck-It Ralph loses Best Animated Feature to Brave

    #18: Apocalypse Now loses Best Picture to Kramer vs. Kramer

    #17: Peter O’Toole (The Lion In Winter) loses Best Actor to Cliff Robertson (Charly)

    #16: Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather) loses Best Director to Bob Fosse (Cabaret)

    #15: Ralph Fiennes (Schindler’s List) loses Best Supporting Actor to Tommy Lee Jones (The Fugitive)

    #14: Felicity Huffman (Transamerica) loses Best Actress to Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line)

    #13: The Social Network loses Best Picture to The King’s Speech

    #12: Ian McKellen (Gods and Monsters) and Edward Norton (American History X) lose Best Actor to Roberto Benigni (Life Is Beautiful)

    #11: Alfred Hitchcock (Psycho) loses Best Director to Billy Wilder (The Apartment)

    #10: Goodfellas loses Best Picture to Dances With Wolves

    #9: Judy Garland (A Star Is Born) loses Best Actress to Grace Kelly (The Country Girl)

    #8: Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth) loses Best Actress to Gwyneth Paltrow (Shakespeare in Love)

    #7: Raging Bull loses Best Picture to Ordinary People

    #6: Brokeback Mountain loses Best Picture to Crash

    #5: Star Wars loses Best Picture to Annie Hall

    #4: Pulp Fiction and The Shawshank Redemption lose Best Picture to Forrest Gump

    #3: Al Pacino (The Godfather: Part II) and Jack Nicholson (Chinatown) lose Best Actor to Art Carney (Harry and Tonto)

    #2: Citizen Kane loses Best Picture to How Green Was My Valley

    #1: Saving Private Ryan loses Best Picture to Shakespeare in Love

     

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    benutty
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    #220537

    1999 is one of the most unforgiveable years in Oscar history.

    1. Blanchett losing to Paltrow 
    2. Any of those 4 nominees losing to Shakespeare in Love
    3. Carrey not being nominated
    4.  Any of those 4 nominees losing to Benigni (who I genuinely don’t even hate, but c’mon)
    5. Dench winning over literally any other performance of that year 

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    Sasha
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    #220538

    Amazing Sigourney Weaver losing for her iconic role in Aliens to disability. Matlin won out of pity.

    Magnificent Edith Evans for The Whisperes losing to nothing out of ordinary Katherine Hepburn perfromance. Such a shame. 

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    Mad Max Guitarist
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    #220539

    Also Denzel Washington in Training Day win over Russell Crowe in A Beautiful Mind

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    ziggy
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    #220540

    Lauren Bacall losing to Juliette Binoche belongs in that list.

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    VenusInFurs
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    Emily Watson losing to McDormand. I love both, but Watson gave the performance of the year (male or female) and should’ve been rewarded. And McDormand was kinda supporting imo.

    Ingrid Bergman (Autumn Sonata) losing to Jane Fonda (Coming Home)

    Anyone losing to John Wayne (1969)

    Anyone losing to Jennifer Hudson (especially Adriana and Rinko)

    Anyone (especially Close) losing to Cher

    Mickey Rourke losing to Sean Penn

    Bening losing to Whoopi

    Redgrave and Lange losing to Sally Field

    Ingmar Bergman (Cries and Whispers) losing director to George R. Hill

    Network losing to Rocky (yikes)

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    Mladen Vukcevic
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    This is what I love about entire Oscar conundrum. At the end, time judges every movie. Regardless whether you win or not, time tells everything. When we look at how many iconic roles and movies were not awarded, it just puts a perspective. When all is said and done, it is brilliance not Oscar (or any other award) that makes something iconic.

    Since I belong to younger generation, my choices are mostly focused from 1990s to present…

    1. Blanchett losing to Paltrow

    2. Fiennes losing to Lee Jones.

    3. Hudson winning (personal choice: Rinko Kikuchi)

    4. Felicity Huffman losing to Reese Witherspoon

    5. Russel Crowe losing to Denzel Washington

    6. Ellen Burstyn losing to Julia Roberts

    In movie department:

    1. Brokeback Mountain losing to Crash

    2. Saving Private Ryan losing to Shakespeare in Love 

    3.  Birdman over Boyhood AND The Grand Budapest Hotel 

    And I will forever be divided when it comes to Goodfellas and Dances with Wolves. 

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    ankehuber
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    #220543

    1. Cate Blanchett losing to Gwyneth Paltrow
    2. Isabelle Adjani losing to Louise Fletcher
    3. Isabelle Adjani losing to Jessica Tandy
    4. Ellen Burnstyn losing to Julia Roberts
    5. Sense & Sensibility losing to Braveheart
    6. Brokeback Mountain losing to Crash
    7. Emmanuelle Riva losing to Jennifer Lawrence
    8. Gravity losing to 12 Years of slave
    9. Bradley Cooper nominated instead of Jake Gyllenhaal
    10. Alicia Vikander not nominated best actress for The Danish Girl
    11. Rooney Mara not nominated best actress for Carol
    12. Jennifer Lawrence nominated best actress for Joy
    13. Alicia Vikander not nominated best supporting actress for Ex Machina

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    Andrew Carden
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    “The Shawshank Redemption” being entirely shut out. I third the Ellen Burstyn mention as well.

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    #220545

    We had the same thread in all acting categories already.

    But yet again, Felicity Huffman loses to Reese Witherspoon is the biggest  Oscar-crime EVER.

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    Joe Burns
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    #220546

    Amazing Sigourney Weaver losing for her iconic role in Aliens to disability. Matlin won out of pity.

    Magnificent Edith Evans for The Whisperes losing to nothing out of ordinary Katherine Hepburn perfromance. Such a shame. 

    Admitedly never seen Weaver, but has anyone here actually seen Matlin’s performance around here? I find it amazingly powerful and one of the best performances to win this category. I guess I’m the only one, lol.  

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    Monty
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    Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth) losing to Gwyneth Paltrow
    Saving Private Ryan losing to Shakespeare In Love 
    Montgomery Clift (From Here To Eternity) losing to William Holden
    Clark Gable (Gone With The Wind) losing to Robert Donat 

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    Eduardo Galhardo
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    My picks…

    1. Brokeback Mountain losing Best Picture to Crash (2005)

    2. Felicity Huffman (Transamerica) losing Best Actress to Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line) (2005)

    3. Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth) and Fernanda Montenegro (Central Station) losing Best Actress to Gwyneth Paltrow (Shakespeare in Love) (1998) 

    4. Glenn Close (Fatal Attraction) losing Best Actress to Cher (Moonstruck) (1987)

    5. Carey Mulligan (An Education) losing Best Actress to Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side) (2009)

    6. Judi Dench (Iris) losing Best Actress to Halle Berry (Monster’s Ball) (2001)

    7. Russell Crowe (A Beautiful Mind) losing Best Actor to Denzel Washington (Training Day) (2001)

    8. Adriana Bazarra (Babel) losing Best Supporting Actress to Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls) (2008)

    9. Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain) losing Best Supporting Actor to George Clooney (Syriana) (2004)

    10. Emanuelle Riva (Amour) losing Best Actress to Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook) (2012)

    11. Bette Midler (The Rose) losing Best Actress to Sally Field (Norma Rae) (1979)

    12. Ralph Fiennes (Schindler’s List) losing Best Supporting Actor to Tommy Lee Jones (The Fugitive) (1993)

    13. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and Moulin Rouge! losing Best Picture to A Beautiful Mind (2001)

    14. Judy Garland (A Star is Born) losing Best Actress to Grace Kelly (The Country Girl) (1954)

    15. Gloria Swanson (Sunset Boulevard) losing Best Actress to Judy Holliday (Born Yesterday) (1951)

    16. Edward Norton (American History X) losing Best Actor to Roberto Benigni (Life is Beautiful) (1998)

    17. Lauren Bacall (The Mirror Has Two Faces) losing Best Supporting Actress to Juliette Binoche (The English Patient) (1996)

    18. Cate Blanchett (I’m Not There) losing Best Supporting Actress to Tilda Swinton (Michael Clayton) (2007)

    19. Ernest & Celestine losing Best Animated Feature to Frozen (2013)

    20. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya losing Best Animated Feature to Big Hero 6 (2014)

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    AMG
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    All of the Harry Potter films losing all their categories. Most notably the final installment losing Best Make Up to……..The Iron Lady!! Seriously Oscars?

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    McConaughey beating Ejiofor and DiCaprio.
    Tomei beating Davis, Richardson, and Redgrave.
    Foster beating Close and Weaver.
    Swank beating her 2004 category.
    Sorvino beating her category.
    McDormand beating Blethyn. 

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