Everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion and that’s fine, it just really bugs us when the Academy doesn’t agree with our Oscar picks. I decided to scour this here interweb and found that there are a lot of people who feel like I do so I googled and yahoo’d my little heart away to compile a list of the most griped-over Oscar upsets in history.
Now, I won’t lie: I haven’t seen some of these movies and some I’ve only seen once a long time ago (I can’t stand Shakespeare in Love), but for the sake of the post, I had to pick the most talked-about upsets. What I'm trying to say is, if you don’t agree with these picks it’s not my fault. From oldest to newest, from the most controversial to the most obvious, here’s the Oscar Hall of Shame: Best Actor Picks.
1939: Robert Donat took the Best Actor award for his role in Goodbye Mr. Chips over Clark Gable in Gone with the Wind.
1950: Judy Holliday won Best Actress for Born Yesterday over Bette Davis in All About Eve.
1955: Grace Kelly may have looked the best on the red carpet this year, but a lot of people don’t think she should have taken the Best Actress Oscar for The Country Girl over Judy Garland in A Star is Born.
1993: The most common phrase we’ve seen out of this year is “Marisa Tomei wins Best Supporting Actress for My Cousin Vinny over human reasoning.” But she also won over Miranda Richardson, Joan Plowright, Vanessa Redgrave and Judy Davis. It doesn't matter what movies these women were in, Tomei should never have won.
1994: Tommy Lee Jones was great in The Fugitive but in no way can you compare that to the personal torture Ralph Fiennes had to recreate for Schindler’s List.
1999: Finally, why Gwyneth Paltrow won Best Actress for Shakespeare in Love over Cate Blanchett in Elizabeth will be a mystery for the ages.
Take these as you will but, as I said, these are the most common upsets that I came across. Don’t shoot the messenger. But do feel free to add your opinion in the comments section.