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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 07:11:59 PM
Jack Lemmon over TIm Curry 1973
 
2013-02-18 07:16:01 PM

TheSelphie: 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.


Judi Dench winning for "Shakespeare in Love" rivals that.  She was barely on the screen, and you could have wrote all her lines on a coffee mug
 
2013-02-18 07:20:27 PM
Training Day / Washington over Beautiful Mind/ Crowe.....first one comes to mind.
 
2013-02-18 07:22:36 PM
 
2013-02-18 07:28:00 PM

JasonOfOrillia: Tomei


You know, Marisa Tomei winning used to be a big deal - even a semi-conspiracy theory revolving around a wrong name read - but that's kind of faded now.  At the time people thought she was a flash in the pan starlet who would disappear shortly, but she's turned out to be a very fine actress and a worthy winner.
 
2013-02-18 07:33:10 PM

Gunderson: TheSelphie: 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.

Judi Dench winning for "Shakespeare in Love" rivals that.  She was barely on the screen, and you could have wrote all her lines on a coffee mug


She beat out Anthony Hopkins in Silence of the lambs, who, despite maybe 5 minutes on screen, makes the most of every second.
 
2013-02-18 07:35:06 PM
Annie Hall over Star Wars.
 
2013-02-18 07:35:56 PM

Texasgurl24: All 4 losers for best picture in 1956 were better than the winner, at least Rocky was a decent movie..


Frankly, 1952 was a joke as well.   The Quiet Man and High Noon were beaten by The Greatest Show on Earth, a farking circus movie.
 
2013-02-18 07:44:34 PM

catmandu: 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.


I will agree to that. It's difficult to view the past as filtered from the movies that are more "memorable" or "important." In recent years, Shawshank, Big Lebowski, and Office Space are probably the three biggest that built their following over time. For older movies, the "mediocre" It's a Wonderful Life grew because due to copyright loopholes was extremely cheap to air for years, which engrained it in the national consciousness.

I do like watching classic movies, and sometimes wonder where the love is for certain perfectly serviceable old classics that very rarely get mentioned today.  The question is, how do you get an instant classic? I know it's not always possible to tell when a movie is going to change everything until other people start emulating it, and building its legacy. Surely there are ways to tell what will be considered memorable twenty years from now versus what is just pretty good fluff. Shakespeare in Love seemed to me to be good fluff.  English Patient won a boatload of awards in my mind because the Oscars love to reward lugubrious epics. That and it was a down year, it was up against a smaller movie like Fargo, the kind that tends to win in backlash years.
 
2013-02-18 07:51:29 PM

McManus_brothers: Texasgurl24: All 4 losers for best picture in 1956 were better than the winner, at least Rocky was a decent movie..

Frankly, 1952 was a joke as well.   The Quiet Man and High Noon were beaten by The Greatest Show on Earth, a farking circus movie.


1941, How Green was my Valley beats out Citizen Kane, Suspicion, Maltese Falcon, Sergeant York, among others.
 
2013-02-18 07:52:38 PM
Beating Citizen Kane is only an upset if you ignore how the movie was regarded. Every time the movie was mentioned at the ceremony it was booed. Thanks to Hearst the movie bombed at the box office and despite those who stuck up for it, was not well received at the Oscars.
 
2013-02-18 07:53:02 PM
Pollack over Kurosawa. If not an upset then, then a mindfark today.
 
2013-02-18 08:10:18 PM
Oh, and Catmandu, I found a good description of an oscar robbery that doesn't require looking back through legacy:

"Nominees: Robert Downey Jr. ("Chaplin"), Clint Eastwood ("Unforgiven"), Al Pacino ("Scent of a Woman"), Stephen Rea ("The Crying Game"), Denzel Washington ("Malcolm X")

And the award went to: Pacino, as a blind, retired Army man whose strident bravado masked a wrenching sadness.

But it should've been: Washington. His galvanizing work as the slain civil-rights leader is widely considered one the greatest performances of his career. Unfortunately, the Spike Lee-directed film was likely too controversial for the Academy. Washington also had the misfortune of going up against Pacino, a seven-time Oscar loser who was fast racking up his own collection of Susan Lucci jokes. Pacino won, despite an overblown performance filled with shouty line deliveries that left audiences' ears ringing. Not to mention a bad taste in their mouths. "

Pacino won the damn thing because the Academy had swindled him for years before that. So, other great performances be damned, he gets an Oscar. It was memorable and still has cultural resonance... as do the other roles. The Academy loves to give "lifetime achievement awards" by other names for the times they blew it.
 
2013-02-18 08:19:03 PM

WhyteRaven74: Beating Citizen Kane is only an upset if you ignore how the movie was regarded. Every time the movie was mentioned at the ceremony it was booed. Thanks to Hearst the movie bombed at the box office and despite those who stuck up for it, was not well received at the Oscars.


Good point, Citizen Kane was jobbed by Hearst, and I, a non-film school student, think that while it is a very fine film, and probably DESERVED to win the Oscar that year, has been OVER-rated by critics to rectify that. Citizen Kane entered the cultural lexicon years ago as a synonym for "the greatest film of all time"

It's why I threw in Maltese Falcon and Suspicion. I'm sure How Green Was My Valley resonated to people wanting to see heartland struggles after both the Depression and World War II, but surely those movies were better.
 
2013-02-18 08:31:40 PM

Fano: Citizen Kane entered the cultural lexicon years ago as a synonym for "the greatest film of all time"


Mostly for technical reasons. Orson Wells innovated a lot of techniques that were never done before.
 
2013-02-18 08:33:43 PM
This weeks Filmspotting podcast pointed out that between John Goodman, John Torturro and Steve Buscemi they have exactly zero Academy Award nominations. That is a wrong that needs to be righted.
 
2013-02-18 09:14:40 PM

Crewmannumber6: This weeks Filmspotting podcast pointed out that between John Goodman, John Torturro and Steve Buscemi they have exactly zero Academy Award nominations. That is a wrong that needs to be righted.


Goodman was robbed on King Ralph.  Such an inauspicious start to a film career, but he has definitely turned it around.
 
2013-02-18 09:19:43 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.


I loved The Artist and thought it was an easy choice for BP. Hugo was solid, but overlong.
 
2013-02-18 09:33:56 PM

Smelly McUgly: 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.

I loved The Artist and thought it was an easy choice for BP. Hugo was solid, but overlong.


I agree, but also remember that it is a movie about movies. Of course it won, just like any song about radio or radio DJs gets instant airplay.
 
2013-02-18 09:42:29 PM
Quvenzhane narrates, aka reads lines off-camera, for a majority of her flick.  I think she's fantastic, and the film was nice, but I don't believe she deserves Best Actress for the role.  She's a sentimental pick for her youth and being a fresh name with a surprising performance, but it wasn't the best acting performance of the year.  Jennifer Lawrence was better.  I need to see the other performances, however, to say who should win the category.
 
2013-02-18 09:43:38 PM

Mugato: Fano: Citizen Kane entered the cultural lexicon years ago as a synonym for "the greatest film of all time"

Mostly for technical reasons. Orson Wells innovated a lot of techniques that were never done before.


Agreed. Technical reasons put it ahead of its time. It's why i put in my statement about not being a film school student. From that perspective it is probably in the top 5 made, forever. I can appreciate those reasons when i see them pointed out, it really was innovative
 
2013-02-18 10:07:20 PM

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: 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.


She was on Letterman a few days ago, and described wearing something called a "privacy patch." I haven't seen it yet, but would hope it looks real enough.
 
2013-02-18 11:28:44 PM
Chariots of Fire over Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Biggest. Snub. Ever.
 
2013-02-19 12:40:40 AM

Curt Blizzah: Quvenzhane narrates, aka reads lines off-camera, for a majority of her flick.  I think she's fantastic, and the film was nice, but I don't believe she deserves Best Actress for the role.  She's a sentimental pick for her youth and being a fresh name with a surprising performance, but it wasn't the best acting performance of the year.  Jennifer Lawrence was better.  I need to see the other performances, however, to say who should win the category.


I disagree. I think she is a good actor, generally. However, she was pretty terrible in that movie. She played mental illness/depression really terribly, in typical manic pixie fashion.

It's a weak year for that category, I think.
 
2013-02-19 01:44:51 AM
Silver Linings Playbook was the biggest cinematic bait and switch since From Dusk Til Dawn, but instead of vampires and amazing gore, the smart, character driven first half is concealing a sappy, generic, cliched romantic comedy second half. When has a movie that ended with a dance competition ever been good? Also, I found the age difference between Cooper and Lawrence a little disconcerting. She looked like a she was sitting on her creepy uncle's lap at the end.
 
2013-02-19 02:44:01 AM

Curt Blizzah: Quvenzhane narrates, aka reads lines off-camera, for a majority of her flick.  I think she's fantastic, and the film was nice, but I don't believe she deserves Best Actress for the role.  She's a sentimental pick for her youth and being a fresh name with a surprising performance, but it wasn't the best acting performance of the year.  Jennifer Lawrence was better.  I need to see the other performances, however, to say who should win the category.


The remainder of the film she is silent or she screams.  There's nothing impressive about her performance but her age.  Congratulations, you didn't wet yourself on screen.  Here's your Oscar.

Emmanuelle Riva deserves the Oscar of all of them.  Not her fault nobody wanted to see a movie about an old woman slowly dying in French.
 
2013-02-19 02:52:36 AM

FTFA:

Rod Steiger over Warren Beatty, Dustin Hoffman, Paul Newman, and Spencer Tracy (1967)


Damn Straight skippy. Steiger owned that role.

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2013-02-19 07:36:31 AM

coeyagi: Chariots of Fire over Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Biggest. Snub. Ever.


I heard that.
 
2013-02-19 01:08:00 PM

farkeruk: The farking English Patient over Fargo anything else!


FTFM (Farking HATE the English Patient and, to this day, can't figure out the slobberfest that was the hype for that piece of crap.

Other snubs that seriously piss me off:

That Thing You Do losing out to Madonna/Evita for best original song:  TTYD was a freaking Character in the song, and they managed to play it several times through the movie, yet you never get sick of hearing it.  It's actually a great piece of film music in context and construction, and was overrun by an aging trollop.

Tim Roth had a complete shiat year when he was nom'd for Rob Roy:  Having to go against Kevin Spacey that year pretty much assured he didn't need to write an acceptance speech.  (But, while we're on THAT subject - how in the fark does Sharon Stone edge out Jessica Lange for a nod that same year?  Seriously?  Did the academy get into Stone's Casino stash before giving the nom's out?)
 
2013-02-19 04:01:48 PM
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And the winner is.....Marisa Tomei
 
2013-02-19 04:07:36 PM

Kyosuke: Having watched her act in Beasts of the Southern Wild, I don't really think that Wallis winning would be an upset.


Beasts was a strange little film, but Ms. Wallis' performance was nothing short of amazing.  The scene where she described being held for the second time in her life .  . . wow.
 
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