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Best Picture Upsets
Oscars - Best Picture
"The 2005 Best Picture winner "Crash" was a huge upset, as most people anticipated the win would go to "Brokeback Mountain". Though this may be the biggest surprise Best Picture winner, it's certainly not the first."
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The last Best Picture upset before "Crash" was when this romantic comedy beat out a Spielberg favorite. Which movie won?
La Vita E Bella
The Thin Red Line
Shakespeare in Love
What Oscar winner literally gasped before uttering the name of the Best Picture winner "Crash"?
"Crash" became the second eligible movie to win the Best Picture Oscar, without even being nominated for a Best Picture Golden Globe, which often helps in predicting the winner. What was the first?
The Silence of the Lambs
Gary Cooper had a showdown in "High Noon", but the film itself had a showdown at the Oscars with this 1952 John Ford film.
The Quiet Man
The Bad and the Beautiful
A big reason people are so prone to upsets is because of precursor awards. 2005's favorite "Brokeback Mountain" was the first film to win the Producers, Directors, and Writers Guild awards and not win a Best Picture Oscar.
Sometimes upsets are expected, just not the right ones. This was the case in 1995 when people noticed "Apollo 13" and "Sense and Sensibility" lacked an important Best Director nod. Instead of turning to the ultimate winner "Braveheart", people turned to this charming family film.
The American President
Nowadays this Best Picture winner captivates audiences everywhere. People would never believe what an upset it was back in its day. "The Song of Bernadette" was the frontrunner at the Oscars that year but lost out, certainly justifiably, to this classic World War II romance movie.
The Sound of Music
Gone with the WInd
From Here to Eternity
This 1948 upset Best Picture winner truly came out of nowhere. It was so far off the radar it came all the way from England! What was it?
Chariots of Fire
The delightful 1951 Best Picture "An American in Paris" defeated what psychological drama that was supposed to win, as it did at the Globes?
A Streetcar Named Desire
A Place in the Sun
The African Queen
Decision Before Dawn
At the 2002 Academy Awards, this Best Picture nominee seemed to be slowly and shockingly climbing its way to the Oscar top, upsetting for Best Actor, Screenplay and Director. It seemed inevitable that it would upset for Best Picture, but ultimately the frontrunner "Chicago" took home the prize. What was this ALMOST upset Best Picture winner?
Lord of the Rings: the Two Towers
Gangs of New York
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