The Biggest Oscar Award Upsets In History

Published on October 8, 2017
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Doesn’t matter if you’re a fan of the Oscars or not – there is always a scandalous win or two that causes a massive outcry for years to come. For months, its beat into one’s head why a certain film or actor/actress is going to win. So imagine everyone’s surprise when it doesn’t happen. Maybe surprise isn’t the right word here but let’s keep it PG. Just take a look at the 20 biggest Oscar upsets in history, but brace yourself, it’s a bumpy ride.

Marcia Gay Harden wins best supporting actress for “Pollock” (2001)

An easy way to know who will snag an Oscar is down to the nominations compiled so Harden’s win is definitely a head-scratcher. Harden’s portrayal of Lee Krasner in Pollock didn’t even earn recognition at the SAG Awards, Golden Globes, or BAFTAs. Yet, she walked away with the biggest award of the night. Beating out Kate Hudson’s charming portrayal of Penny Lane in Almost Famous.

Marcia Gay Harden Wins Best Supporting Actress For Pollock 2001

Marcia Gay Harden Wins Best Supporting Actress For Pollock 2001

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