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  • Tom O’Neil
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    I’d love to see your lists. Please share.

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    montana82
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    1. Marisa Tomei over everyone

    2. Geena Davis over Sigourney Weaver

    3. Glenda Jackson in A Touch of Class over everyone (look at the other nominee reactions)

    4. Katherine Hepburn for On Golden Pond over Streep and Keaton (gasps in audience)

    5.  Chariots of Fire over Reds/On Golden Pond

    6. Adrien Brody over Day Lewis and Nicholson

    7. Roman Polanski over Rob Marshall and Martin Scorcese

    8. Precious winning Screenplay over Up in the Air

    9. Shakespeare in Love over Saving Private Ryan duh

    10. Crash over Brokeback Mountain duh

    11.  Three 6 Mafia winning

    12. The Mission and Ennio Morricone losing Best Score

    13. Roberto Benigni winning Best Actor

    14. Marcia Gay Harden over Kate Hudson

    You can count the upsets on 2 hands lol.  I can’t even get to 20.

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    Gravity winning EVERYTHING!!

     

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    benbraddock
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    1. CHARIOTS OF FIRE  winning best picture over REDS
    2. BARBARA STANWYCK  in Sorry, Wrong Number losing best actress to anybody.
    3. MARISA TOMEI  beating the 3 british ladies and especially Judy Davis.
    4. ROBERTO BENIGNI  winning best actor over Ian McKellen
    5. GEORGE CHAKIRIS  winning best supporting actor for West Side Story over any of the other 4
    6. KATE HEPBURN  winning best actress over  ANNE BANCROFT  in THE GRADUATE.
    7. THE GRADUATE  losing best picture to IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT
    8. CLIFF ROBERTSON  winning best actor for charly over PETER O’TOOLE IN THE LION IN WINTER.
    9. GLENDA JACKSON  winning best actress over Barbra Streisand in The way We Were.
    10.DIANA ROSS  losing best actress for LADY SINGS THE BLUES  to Liza Minnelli
    11.ART CARNEY  winning best actor over Jack Nicholson or Al Pacino in 1974.
    12.RICHARD BURTON  losing for Equus, his best shot at winning an oscar.
    13.DIANE KEATON losing for REDS to Kate Hepburn.
    14.ADRIEN BRODY  winning best actor for THE PIANIST over DDLewis.
    15.SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE  winning best picture over SAVING PRIVATE RYAN
    16.CRASH over BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN.
    17.LINCOLN AND SPIELBERG losing to Argo and Ang Lee.
    18.HALLE BERRY  winning best actress over Sissy Spacek or Judi Dench in 2001.
    19.MERYL STREEP in A Cry in The Dark losing best actress to Jodie Foster in The Accused.
    20.LAUREN BACALL in The Mirror Has Two Faces losing supporting actress to Juliette Binoche

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    tennisfreak
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    I’ll never forget the stunned look on Streisand’s face when Eminem won best son for 8 Mile, a win which shook up what for years had been an extremely stodgy category of sappy ballads and legendary old tunesmiths winning by rote.

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    FilmGuy619
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    1. Crash over BBM for BP

    2. Adrien Brody over the field 

    3. Alan Arkin over Eddie Murphy

    4. Sean Penn over Mickey Rourke

    5. Juliette Binoche over Lauren Bacall

    6. Denzel Washington over Russell Crowe

    7. Marcia Gay Harden over Kate Hudson

    8. Marisa Tomei over the field

    9. Three 6 Mafia winning Best Song

    10. Million Dollar Baby winning BP

    11. Anna Paquin winning BSA

    12. The Lives of Others winning Best Foreign Film 

    13. Precious winning Best Adapted Screenplay over Up In The Air

    14. The Hurt Locker winning Best Original Screenplay over Inglourious Basterds

    15. Shakespeare in Love winning BP over Saving Private Ryan

    16. Meryl Streep over Viola Davis

    17. Beatrice Straight over the field

    18. Grace Kelly over Judy Garland

    19. Kim Basinger over Gloria Stuart

    20. Brave over Wreck-It Ralph

     

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    OnTheAisle
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    I think the Oscars have been rather predictable over the
    course of its history. That’s what makes the true upsets when a frontrunner
    lost spectacularly to an upstart quite memorable.


     


    1934 Best Actress Claudette Colbert instead of Bette Davis


    1937 Best Actress Luise Rainer instead of Greta Garbo


    1947 Best Actress Loretta Young instead of Rosalind Russell


    1948 Best Picture Hamlet
    instead of The Treasure of
    the Sierra Madre


    1950 Best Actress Judy Holliday instead of Bette Davis or Gloria
    Swanson


    1951 Best Picture An
    American in Paris
    instead of A
    Place in the Sun
    and A
    Streetcar Named Desire


    1954 Best Actress for Grace Kelly instead of Judy Garland


    1960 Best Actress Elizabeth Taylor instead of Shirley MacLaine


    1968 Best Actress tie for Katharine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand


    1974 Best Actor for Art Carney instead of Jack Nicholson or Al
    Pacino


    1977 Best Actor for Richard Dreyfuss instead of Richard Burton


    1993 Best Supporting Actress Anna Paquin instead of Winona Ryder


    1996 Best Supporting Actress Juliette Binoche instead of Lauren
    Bacall


    1998 Best Picture Shakespeare
    in Love
    instead of Saving
    Private Ryan


    2000 Best Supporting Actress Marcia Gay Hardin instead of Kate
    Hudson


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    RobertPius
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    Was Dreyfuss a big surprise in 77? How about the 68 tie for Best Actress. Who was the favorite?

     
     

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    RobertPius
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    Kevin Kline for Supporting Actor (deservedly) over Martin Landau in 1988 was a shock. 

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    OnTheAisle
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    Was Dreyfuss a big surprise in 77? 
     

    As I recall, Richard Burton was the expected winner. Though the film adaptation of Equus failed in part due to director Sidney Lumet replacing the theatrics and homosexual undertones of having masked men portray the horses with actual horses, Burton was compelling. The actor had been unfairly denied an Oscar in the past, most notably for his portrayal of George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? As in so many Oscars which are distributed for respected careers and past voting errors, most anticipated Burton’s victory.

    Richard Dreyfuss has starred in two big films. Yet The Goodbye Girl was nominated in Best Picture but not Director. Close Encounters of the Third Kind was nominated in Best Director but not Picture. The lack of focus behind either film was deemed to be a negative for Dreyfuss, as was his age. Ultimately, the effect of two strong performances triumphed the affection for Burton and Dreyfuss became, for then, the youngest winner of Best Actor.

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    We did a panel discussion about some of the biggest recent Oscar upsets (or just ridiculous wins) on Friday, including Crash over Brokeback Mountain. Watch: 
    https://www.facebook.com/ETCanada/videos/1034830516563935/?pnref=story 

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    ziggy
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    Binoche stealing Bacall’s Oscar is definitely number one. I will have to think of others later.

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    Leo Grant Logan
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    Reese Witherspoon over Felicity Huffman
    Renee Zellweger over Shohreh Agdashloo
    Michael Caine for The Cider House Rules over Tom Cruise
    Cher over Glenn Close
    Jim Broadbent over Ian McKellen
    Gwyneth Paltrow over Cate Blanchett
    Judi Dench over Kathy Bates or Lynn Redgrave
    Nicole Kidman over Julianne Moore or Renee Zellweger
    Olympia Dukakis over Anne Archer or Anne Ramsey
    Jennifer Connelly over Helen Mirren or Maggie Smith
    Mira Sorvino over Kate Winslet
    John Wayne over Dustin Hoffman or Jon Voight
    Jack Palance over anyone
    Helen Hunt over Judi Dench or Kate Winslet 

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    As I recall, Richard Burton was the expected winner. Though the film adaptation of Equus failed in part due to director Sidney Lumet replacing the theatrics and homosexual undertones of having masked men portray the horses with actual horses, Burton was compelling. The actor had been unfairly denied an Oscar in the past, most notably for his portrayal of George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? As in so many Oscars which are distributed for respected careers and past voting errors, most anticipated Burton’s victory.

    Richard Dreyfuss has starred in two big films. Yet The Goodbye Girl was nominated in Best Picture but not Director. Close Encounters of the Third Kind was nominated in Best Director but not Picture. The lack of focus behind either film was deemed to be a negative for Dreyfuss, as was his age. Ultimately, the effect of two strong performances triumphed the affection for Burton and Dreyfuss became, for then, the youngest winner of Best Actor.

    Yeah, Burton was the perceived front-runner on account of his being supremely overdue for a victory, but “Equus” was indeed an extremely divisive film and, while Burton was solid, there was definitely a sense it wasn’t among his best work to date. Dreyfuss had two huge hits that year and was nominated for a film both critics and audiences liked a whole lot more than “Equus.” It was a surprise at the time, but probably shouldn’t have been.

    Upsets I love…

    “Chariots of Fire” over “On Golden Pond” and “Reds” for Best Picture
    George Stevens over Vincente Minnelli for Best Director
    Roman Polanski over Rob Marshall and Martin Scorsese for Best Director
    Katharine Hepburn over Meryl Streep for Best Actress
    Jason Robards over Alec Guiness for Best Supporting Actor
    James Coburn over Robert Duvall and Ed Harris for Best Supporting Actor
    Estelle Parsons over Carol Channing for Best Supporting Actress
    Beatrice Straight in a five-way jump ball for Best Supporting Actress
    Marcia Gay Harden over Kate Hudson for Best Supporting Actress

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    keithw
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    For me the biggest was Juliette Binoche beating Lauren Bacall.
     

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