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(Buzzfeed)   The biggest Oscar upsets of all time, by category, at least until Quvenzhané Wallis wins best actress this Sunday   (buzzfeed.com) divider line 81
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2013-02-18 02:50:23 PM  
Ah sheeit, I clicked before realizing it was buzzfeed.

F*cking garbage, please stop greenlighting their "articles".
 
2013-02-18 02:53:45 PM  
Ahem. Buzzfeed is now a "Featured Partner," or something.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I've got to go find out how to make the perfect profile pic.
 
2013-02-18 02:53:47 PM  
Kramer vs. Kramer over Apocalypse Now


Forrest Gump over Pulp Fiction
 
2013-02-18 03:00:08 PM  
After finding a pretty decent digital rip of Django Unchained and watching a couple more times I have to say that Leo might have been jipped by not even getting a nomination.
 
2013-02-18 03:01:14 PM  
I'm surprised Buzzfeed snubbed Marisa Tomei in the best supporting actress category.  And while Casablanca is a fine film that has become iconic I would argue that it was Bogie being Bogie while Watch on the Rhine required more of a performance out of Lukas.
 
2013-02-18 03:05:05 PM  
I remember once they cleaned his trashcan...
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... that was pretty upsetting for him.
 
2013-02-18 03:15:34 PM  

LonMead: I remember once they cleaned his trashcan...
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... that was pretty upsetting for him.


To be fair, it's kind of hard to tell the difference with him.
 
2013-02-18 03:16:14 PM  
Wow, not even a mention of Forrest Gump over Pulp Fiction and The Shawshank Redemption.
 
2013-02-18 03:16:36 PM  
At least Rocky was a good movie, even if it didn't deserve to win over Taxi Driver or Network. Same with Dances with Wolves over Goodfellas - they were both really good movies that year. Those aren't among the biggest snubs IMO. Ordinary People, Shakespeare in Loves, and How Green Was My Valley were all legitimate snubs where incredibly mediocre movies beat legitimately great movies.

And, eh, Ben Kingsley deserved the Oscar over Ralph Finnes and Tommy Lee Jones and he wasn't even nominated that year.
 
2013-02-18 03:18:53 PM  

GoodyearPimp: Wow, not even a mention of Forrest Gump over Pulp Fiction and The Shawshank Redemption.


Upset means that the expected winner doesn't win. Forrest Gump was expected to win.
 
2013-02-18 03:21:02 PM  

mysticcat: Kramer vs. Kramer over Apocalypse Now


Forrest Gump over Pulp Fiction


While I would rather watch Pulp Fiction, Forrest Gump had a level of access and universal appeal Tarantino films tend to lack.
 
2013-02-18 03:23:43 PM  

velvet_fog: At least Rocky was a good movie, even if it didn't deserve to win over Taxi Driver or Network. Same with Dances with Wolves over Goodfellas - they were both really good movies that year. Those aren't among the biggest snubs IMO. Ordinary People, Shakespeare in Loves, and How Green Was My Valley were all legitimate snubs where incredibly mediocre movies beat legitimately great movies.

And, eh, Ben Kingsley deserved the Oscar over Ralph Finnes and Tommy Lee Jones and he wasn't even nominated that year.


Bong down the put.
 
2013-02-18 03:25:11 PM  
All 4 losers for best picture in 1956 were better than the winner, at least Rocky was a decent movie..
 
2013-02-18 03:26:49 PM  
The farking English Patient over Fargo. And if you want to go outside the best picture nominees:

The People vs Larry Flynt
Trainspotting
Star Trek First Contact
Big Night
Brassed Off
From Dusk Till Dawn
Tin Cup

Seriously, that's one shiatty, boring farking film.

JasonOfOrillia: I'm surprised Buzzfeed snubbed Marisa Tomei in the best supporting actress category.


THIS

Marisa Tomei may have been a bit of an unknown and not done much after, but she absolutely farking nailed that part. It's an entertaining film because of 3 very fine performances by Tomei, Pesci and Fred Gwynne.
 
2013-02-18 03:29:06 PM  
Maybe the Grantland Oscar travesty tournament is a better link.

Also, Tommy Lee Jones was the best thing in The Fugitive.

Better acting upsets would be Peter Sellers not winning for Dr. Strangelove or Denzel Washington for Malcolm X.
 
2013-02-18 03:29:52 PM  
I sure as hell would love to upset that Juliette Binoche lady.  And by upset I of course mean sexy times that she will immediately regret.
 
2013-02-18 03:32:09 PM  
Oddly-named black women Re the new retards when it comes to Oscar favors.
 
2013-02-18 03:35:54 PM  
How about we just stop pretending that the Oscars even attempt to recognize greatness in filmmaking. The largest bloc of Academy voters are actors; I'd trust the views of cinematographers and editors much more on who should win best director and picture than actors.
 
2013-02-18 03:37:26 PM  
I find The Artist a really odd choice. It's a good film, but was blown away by Hugo. Seemed to attract a lot of dust to the room at the end.
 
2013-02-18 03:47:29 PM  

farkeruk: The farking English Patient over Fargo


That was the beginning of the end for me with Oscars. Shakespeare In Love and Gwyneth Paltrow winning over Saving Private Ryan and Cate Blanchett for Elizabeth hammered in the coffin nails. Since then it's been "what mediocre movie produced by Harvey Weinstein will all of a sudden have a mammoth marketing campaign behind it that will launch it into being a top contender"? These have included, but not limited to:

Il Postino
English Patient (winner)
Shakespeare In Love (winner)
The Cider House Rules
Chocolat
Chicago (winner)
The King's Speech (winner)

And this year it's Silver Linings Playbook. A very well acted movie to be sure, but as a film better than Argo, Lincoln or Life of Pi? Hardly. Yet, that is the current "everybody is talking about it" movie. And what do you know, just as the Oscar race is making its final lap.
 
2013-02-18 03:48:31 PM  
Having watched her act in Beasts of the Southern Wild, I don't really think that Wallis winning would be an upset.
 
2013-02-18 03:51:18 PM  

farkeruk: I find The Artist a really odd choice. It's a good film, but was blown away by Hugo. Seemed to attract a lot of dust to the room at the end.


Harvey Weinstein produced that one as well.

The Artist, that is.
 
2013-02-18 04:08:00 PM  
 

gunga galunga: And this year it's Silver Linings Playbook. A very well acted movie to be sure, but as a film better than Argo, Lincoln or Life of Pi? Hardly. Yet, that is the current "everybody is talking about it" movie. And what do you know, just as the Oscar race is making its final lap.



It's because it just got widely released a few weeks ago, so the masses are just now experiencing it. But hands down it is the best acting I saw in any film last year, to the point where I would have gladly sat through it again immediately after it was over. It sucks for Cooper and De Niro that it just so happened to come out the same year as Lincoln.

I didn't see Life of Pi, but I did see Argo and Lincoln. As a film? I guess you could say Argo was the best "film", inasmuch that it did the best job establishing tension and drama. But I don't think anyone legitimately thinks that Silver Linings Playbook is going to win Best Picture. Argo, Lincoln, Life of Pi, and even Zero Dark Thirty have much better chances.
 
2013-02-18 04:19:28 PM  

farkeruk: The farking English Patient over Fargo. And if you want to go outside the best picture nominees:

Seriously, that's one shiatty, boring farking film.



Stop it.  Fargo didn't even deserve it's nomination.  That movie defines shiatty boring cinema.
 
2013-02-18 04:19:42 PM  
Is this where we say fark Crash?  Because fark Crash.
 
2013-02-18 04:24:24 PM  

farkeruk: I find The Artist a really odd choice. It's a good film, but was blown away by Hugo. Seemed to attract a lot of dust to the room at the end.


Hugo was boring as fark the first hour.  Ended up turning it off.  At least I lasted the entire way through The Artist.

Also the list in the article sucks ass.
 
2013-02-18 04:25:03 PM  
The biggest joke will be Anne Hathaway winning for her 15 minutes of screen time, giving a performance that was good, but not really great.
 
2013-02-18 04:33:45 PM  

robsul82: Is this where we say fark Crash?  Because fark Crash.


THIS.
 
2013-02-18 04:40:47 PM  

Uncle Pooky: But I don't think anyone legitimately thinks that Silver Linings Playbook is going to win Best Picture. Argo, Lincoln, Life of Pi, and even Zero Dark Thirty have much better chances.


From a recent blog post by Rogert Ebert, who has a very good track record with predicting the Oscars.

http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/second-guessing-my-oscar-guess.html

"In announcing my annual http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2013/02/outguess_ebert_in_an_easy_year .html">Outguess Ebert contest, I used a cocky headline: Outguess Ebert? I may have them all right, I followed by writing: "This year's Outguess Ebert contest seems a little like shooting fish in a barrel. For the first time in many a year, maybe ever, I think I've guessed every one correctly."

Every year it is the same. I come out of the gate filled with certainty, and as the deadline draws near I begin to falter. A guy has an ear to the ground. This year I now suspect I may have been mistaken in two categories.

For Best Picture, I joined nearly the whole world and countless awards shows by predicting "Argo," the thriller about how Hollywood outsmarted Iran during the hostage crisis. It was also my choice of the year's best movie.

Now, more and more, from many different quarters, I hear affection for "Silver Linings Playbook," People tell me, I have a brother-in- law exactly like that." I sense a groundswell."
 
2013-02-18 04:47:21 PM  

farkeruk: I find The Artist a really odd choice. It's a good film, but was blown away by Hugo. Seemed to attract a lot of dust to the room at the end.


Hugo felt like the perfect movie to explain the power of film. I loved it, and I crossed my fingers because if there is anything actors love doing it's telling us how much acting changes and influences our lives*

*offer void when the subject of violence comes up
 
2013-02-18 04:48:20 PM  
Oh I hated Crash.

But to be fair, Just cause I didn't like it, somebody else did.
 
2013-02-18 04:53:33 PM  

gunga galunga: Uncle Pooky: But I don't think anyone legitimately thinks that Silver Linings Playbook is going to win Best Picture. Argo, Lincoln, Life of Pi, and even Zero Dark Thirty have much better chances.

From a recent blog post by Rogert Ebert, who has a very good track record with predicting the Oscars.


Trust me when I say I'm smarter.
 
2013-02-18 04:59:19 PM  

gunga galunga: And this year it's Silver Linings Playbook. A very well acted movie to be sure, but as a film better than Argo, Lincoln or Life of Pi? Hardly. Yet, that is the current "everybody is talking about it" movie. And what do you know, just as the Oscar race is making its final lap.


The problem with the Oscars is that what they really likes is theatre, not cinema. Make something that's cinematic, that uses a visual language and it goes right over their farking heads. It's why Kubrick and Hitchcock films never won Oscars (and I'm sure people would much rather watch Gigi than Vertigo).
 
2013-02-18 05:06:17 PM  
I don't get the hate for Crash the movie itself, I don't know if it deserved an Oscar but it was a mighty good movie to watch.
 
2013-02-18 05:18:00 PM  
Crash was a pretty good movie, in that by the end of the movie I hated just about everyone in the movie.  That's good acting.  I honestly have never watched  Brokeback Mountain so I can't say if it's better or not.

My cousin is an insane movie geek.  He loved  Argo and thinks it will win, though he likes  Silver Linings Playbookbetter.

\personally, my liking of an Oscar film seems to be tied directly to its box office draw - i.e., if it was a hit movie, the odds are much, much higher that I'll like it, as compared to standard Oscar-bait winners
 
2013-02-18 05:28:55 PM  
The problem with these lists (OK, one of the problems with these lists) is hindsight. We are looking back at choices that were made many years ago and the movie or performance that withstands the test of time isn't necessarily the one that makes the biggest impact at the time it happened.
 
2013-02-18 05:31:05 PM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: The biggest joke will be Anne Hathaway winning for her 15 minutes of screen time, giving a performance that was good, but not really great.


Agreed.  What's your opinion on the over/under for Helen Hunt winning for 'The Sessions'?
 
2013-02-18 05:37:06 PM  

catmandu: The problem with these lists (OK, one of the problems with these lists) is hindsight. We are looking back at choices that were made many years ago and the movie or performance that withstands the test of time isn't necessarily the one that makes the biggest impact at the time it happened.


I don't remember either the English patient or Shakespeare in love being that much of an impact at the time, relative to the other contenders.
 
2013-02-18 05:37:52 PM  
I really hope she does win. Beautiul performance, beautiful movie.
 
2013-02-18 05:38:25 PM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: The biggest joke will be Anne Hathaway winning for her 15 minutes of screen time, giving a performance that was good, but not really great.


No Best Supporting Actress win will ever top Jennifer Hudson winning for being a good singer and a mediocre at best actress.  Apparently the voters thought they were voting for the Grammys.
 
2013-02-18 05:43:28 PM  
pretty much every best picture winner from the 40s-60s
 
2013-02-18 05:46:58 PM  

gunga galunga: And this year it's Silver Linings Playbook. A very well acted movie to be sure, but as a film better than Argo, Lincoln or Life of Pi? Hardly. Yet, that is the current "everybody is talking about it" movie. And what do you know, just as the Oscar race is making its final lap.


I live in Los Angeles, and I hadn't heard of Silver Linings Playbook before Oscar season started.   Now it seems like every radio commercial is about that movie.  But I find the radio ads less blatant then the "for your consideration" TV commercials.  Hell, after the State of the Union speech,  competing TV networks aired competing "making of" featurettes (probably DVD extras) - one was pimping Argo and the other waspimping Lincoln.
 
2013-02-18 05:48:39 PM  

quizzical: gunga galunga: And this year it's Silver Linings Playbook. A very well acted movie to be sure, but as a film better than Argo, Lincoln or Life of Pi? Hardly. Yet, that is the current "everybody is talking about it" movie. And what do you know, just as the Oscar race is making its final lap.

I live in Los Angeles, and I hadn't heard of Silver Linings Playbook before Oscar season started.   Now it seems like every radio commercial is about that movie.  But I find the radio ads less blatant then the "for your consideration" TV commercials.  Hell, after the State of the Union speech,  competing TV networks aired competing "making of" featurettes (probably DVD extras) - one was pimping Argo and the other waspimping Lincoln.


Silver lining playbook would be right at home taking a Bollywood Oscar.
 
2013-02-18 05:54:08 PM  
I would just like to throw in here that I'm disappointed that This Means War didn't get more love from the Academy this year.
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2013-02-18 05:57:45 PM  

Fano: catmandu: The problem with these lists (OK, one of the problems with these lists) is hindsight. We are looking back at choices that were made many years ago and the movie or performance that withstands the test of time isn't necessarily the one that makes the biggest impact at the time it happened.

I don't remember either the English patient or Shakespeare in love being that much of an impact at the time, relative to the other contenders.


I am not saying that every mention on this list was that kind of a situation but there are some. This quote FTA kind of sums up what I was trying to say:

"While Lukas is an accomplished actor and Rhine is a fine film, neither matches Casablanca's legacy."

It does seem that, the further back an article or list like this goes, the more we are looking at legacy rather than impact.
 
2013-02-18 06:02:33 PM  
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Weren't even nominated, both should've won.
 
2013-02-18 06:42:31 PM  

Uncle Pooky: gunga galunga: Uncle Pooky: But I don't think anyone legitimately thinks that Silver Linings Playbook is going to win Best Picture. Argo, Lincoln, Life of Pi, and even Zero Dark Thirty have much better chances.

From a recent blog post by Rogert Ebert, who has a very good track record with predicting the Oscars.

Trust me when I say I'm smarter.


At least we know what Leonard Maltin's Fark handle is now
 
2013-02-18 07:03:40 PM  

roflmaonow: I don't get the hate for Crash the movie itself, I don't know if it deserved an Oscar but it was a mighty good movie to watch.


It was an after school special with a big budget.
 
2013-02-18 07:04:35 PM  

mysticcat: Forrest Gump over Pulp Fiction

 
2013-02-18 07:04:36 PM  

Archimedes' Principal: Abe Vigoda's Ghost: The biggest joke will be Anne Hathaway winning for her 15 minutes of screen time, giving a performance that was good, but not really great.

Agreed.  What's your opinion on the over/under for Helen Hunt winning for 'The Sessions'?


Well she did do full frontal, and the Academy likes that in a 'dramatic' role, so she's got a decent shot.
 
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