The 8 Biggest Shocks & Surprises in Oscar History
Movies make us laugh, cry and reflect. Sometimes cinema’s senior prom—the Oscars—takes a cue from the movies it celebrates and surprises us almost as much as the ending of Get Out. From Kevin Costner’s directorial win over Martin Scorsese to La La Land-gate, here are eight of the biggest surprises in Academy Awards history.
When Grace Kelly Beat Judy Garland for Best Actress in a Leading Role (1955)
Garland was favored to win the statue, so Oscar go-ers were aghast when the future Princess of Monaco snagged the award for her role in The Country Girl. The A Star Is Born actress’s snub sparked a feud between the two leading ladies akin to Bette Davis and Joan Crawford’s very public dispute.
When Art Carney Collected the Award for Actor in a Leading Role Over Al Pacino And Jack Nicholson (1975)
Both Pacino and Nicholson (the most nominated male actor in Oscar history) were expected to win for their respective roles in The Godfather: Part II and Chinatown, but Carney swooped in with Harry & Tonto and received the Oscar for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role.
When Kevin Costner Was Named Best Director and Martin Scorsese Wasn’t (1991)
In the battle between Goodfellas and Dances with Wolves, Costner’s epic Western was victorious.
When Marisa Tomei Picked up the Statue for ‘My Cousin Vinny’ (1993)
Actresses starring in comedic films rarely take home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, but Tomei was a grateful exception. Yaasss!
When 11-year-old Anna Paquin WON BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS (1994)
Way to set the bar high at a really young age, Academy. You go, Anna!
When ‘Crash’ Prevailed Over ‘Brokeback Mountain’ (2006)
Brokeback Mountain was the darling of the 2006 Academy Awards, winning Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Music Score, but it fell short of being named Best Picture.
When ‘The King’s Speech’ Triumphed Over ‘The Social Network’ (2011)
The tale of Mark Zuckerberg’s social platform was definitely the splashier Academy favorite, but it was The King’s Speech cast that ultimately went home with the Oscar for Best Picture.
And Finally, The ‘Moonlight’ and ‘La La Land’ Mix-Up (2017)
Two fantastic movies and one wrong envelope made for an, um, memorable ending to the 2017 Academy Awards.
Tune in to ABC on Sunday, March 4, at 5 p.m. PST/ 8 p.m. EST for more Oscar snubs and surprises.