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Was Rita Moreno a surpise winner for West Side Story?

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    Saw her on 60 Minutes last night. They showed the clip of her winning. She seems shocked. Was she just being humble or was her win a big surprise? Who was predicted to win? Judy Garland?

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    I believe Garland was predicted to win because of her surprising dramatic turn and overdue narrative, while Moreno was mostly unknown before West Side Story. I haven’t seen Judgement at Nuremburg but from what I understand Garland has pretty limited screen time while Moreno has a lot. It also probably didn’t help Garland that her struggles with substance abuse had eroded her reputation in the industry, and based on it’s sweep voters clearly loved West Side Story.

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    I think her costar was more of a surprise than she was.

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    Rita in her documentary said that she expected Garland to win .

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    She was the first (and last) latina woman to win an acting Oscar so I think she was genuinely shocked.

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