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What Is The Biggest Oscar Upset This Century And Why?
1. Marcia Gay Harden winning Best Supporting Actress
6 votes (8.33%)
2. Steven Soderbergh winning Best Director
0 votes (0.00%)
3. Adrien Brody winning Best Actor
7 votes (9.72%)
4. Roman Polanski winning Best Director
2 votes (2.78%)
5. Crash winning Best Picture
21 votes (29.17%)
6. The Lives Of Others winning Best Foreign Language Film
0 votes (0.00%)
7. Precious winning Best Adapted Screenplay
2 votes (2.78%)
8. Mark Rylance winning Best Supporting Actor
0 votes (0.00%)
9. Moonlight winning Best Picture
13 votes (18.06%)
10. Olivia Colman winning Best Actress
21 votes (29.17%)
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    I feel like Moonlight winning Best Picture is always seen as less of a shock than it should be purely because of the bigger shock of how it was revealed. La La Land had swept the precursors perhaps in a bigger way than almost any film ever (I mean SEVEN Globe wins). If you’d have told me going into Oscar night that it was losing I’d have laughed in your face. Somehow the whole mix-up though makes it seem less surprising because it stupidly almost feels like La La Land did win and then they changed it to Moonlight rather than the latter just winning straight up.

    I firmly believe this win would be unanimously considered the biggest shocker in history without the incident.

    Completely agree.

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    IMO Olivia Colman prevailing wasn’t an upset. It was just a massive SHOCKER, given Glenn’s overdue narrative and 7th nod. Colman won GG and BAFTA whilst Glenn GG and SAG. The precursors were split and finally the best performance won. The upset would have been Gaga that night winning Actress. I’m such a dummy following the masses and not sticking with my favorite performance aka Olivia Colman.

    I think ‘upset’ in this context just means an upset of the odds, not that people were necessarily emotionally upset about it.

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    Paul Beauregard, Jordan Houston and
    Cedric Coleman, better known as Three 6 Mafia, winning Best Original Song for “It’s Hard Out Here for Pimp”!

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    Surprised The Lives Of Others isn’t getting any of these votes- It was definitely a big shocker. How could Pan’s Labyrinth lose?

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    I think ‘upset’ in this context just means an upset of the odds, not that people were necessarily emotionally upset about it.

    I think Lose Yourself winning a few years prior helped pave the way for a rap song to win. Also, the Pimp song was all throughout Hustle & Flow. Travelin’ Thru by Dolly Parton was played at the end of Transamerica.

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    2002 was a VERY different place. Actually, I think we’ve regressed a bit from 2017 and are moving closer to where we were in 2002. Wait for Bryan Singer’s standing ovation a few decades from now when he makes a movie about a topic that the Academy over-rewards like Polanski did with the Holocaust.

    I mean, imagine if The Pianist had won Best Picture. THAT would’ve made headlines even back then.

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    I must say that Hugo swipping all the technical categories (5 Oscars!!) was something strange because 1- it’s a kid movie and 2- was against big movies like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Tree of life and The Artist who were more deserving winners. That movie was popular with the Academy ONLY because it was directed by Martin Scorsese.

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    Glenn Close losing Best Actress to Olivia Colman.

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    Close losing was a surprise but not as much of a surprise when you divorce your emotions from the situation.  Colman won a Globe and BAFTA ,was in a popular best picture and best director nominee and had the bigger performance which the Oscars prefer.

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    Close losing was a surprise but not as much of a surprise when you divorce your emotions from the situation. Colman won a Globe and BAFTA ,was in a popular best picture and best director nominee and had the bigger performance which the Oscars prefer.

    It still hurts to see one of the best actresses of all time Oscar-less.

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    Close losing was a surprise but not as much of a surprise when you divorce your emotions from the situation. Colman won a Globe and BAFTA ,was in a popular best picture and best director nominee and had the bigger performance which the Oscars prefer.

    Here’s an interesting 10 minute analysis https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OI5QwWphDM8 of the Best Actress nominees for 2019 which Glenn was predicted on to win given that she was the SAG winner, GG winner and was long over due for an Oscar, which the Academy may feel it’s her time.

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    It still hurts to see one of the best actresses of all time Oscar-less.

    I was so sad when she lost.

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    Voted for “Moonlight” upsetting “La La Land” for BP in the ridiculous way that it did. There were always rumblings of a “Crash” upset, though few at the time wanted to believe so.

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