My Five Craziest Oscar Upsets And Snubs Of All Time

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Paper magazine's Elizabeth Thompson called to ask for my most memorable snubs in the golden boy's history, since the kids at Paper know that I live, breathe, and lose Oscars for a living.

So here they are.

It wasn't so hard to narrow them down to five since these are the ones that really burned into the memory and traumatized the soul.

But for the record, I really think Gloria Swanson should have won, no matter how good Judy Holliday was.

God, I'm such a stereotype.


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mjm
mjm

fun fact: the producer of The Country Girl was also the AMPAS president in '55. so Grace had an advantage...

June Allyson told a story about when they announced the winner of Best Actress, half of the audience in the Pantages Theater walked out (including Judy's old foe LB Mayer)!

also: M. Monroe should have been nominated for Bus Stop

Timmee
Timmee

Yes, but in some ways Holliday's performance has entered the gay camp pantheon itself. Speaking of gcp (and ironically considering your other post today) that Glenn was robbed for Dangerous Liaisons, but younger, prettier, etc rule applies here as well. BTW: Elizabeth's copy editor should be told that it's spelled "Grand Guignol"

Fudge
Fudge

True, but at least Dean got 2 nominations. Marilyn had none.

CMG
CMG

I always found it unusual that Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo got nominated for Rebel Without a Cause but James Dean did not.  Actually, I can completely understand Mineo, he was great and the character is still an iconic early, but unsaid gay character.  Natalie's Judy seemed to have a lot of unsaid issues going on which made her a bit less developed yet very melodramatic.  I know Dean had East of Eden and Cal was a bit similar to Jim Stark but Rebel was the iconic role.

normadesmond
normadesmond

you bet your fucking ass i should've one.

Musto
Musto

I liked Crash and didn't go crazy for Brokeback, but it was still extremely odd that Brokeback had won so many awards and then even copped Best Director at the Oscars and then got snubbed. Hollywood homophobia at its worst.

Gregorama
Gregorama

Very astute choices....BUT YOU FORGOT (...hee hee...just kidding...I know how that sends you to the moon!).  No, what I was going to say is that I agree with all your points, except for one:  That "Crash" is a fine film. In my opinion, it is overwrought, over-acted, cliche-ridden, clumsily executed and just plain lousy.  Have you seen it recently?  In just 7 years, it has aged like a spent banana peel left on the counter for a coupla weeks.  When the Academy judged it superior to the exquisite "Brokeback Mountain," it was like comparing a pointillist master painting to graffiti painted with an industrial-sized paint roller.  Not just a dumb-founding choice, but a nakedly homophobic choice as well.  Sidebar comment:  "Crash" is the #2 "Most Rented" film in Netflix history....HUH?

Steuben
Steuben

I know. even Melissa McCarthy having been nominated is a stretch.

Honks
Honks

agree agree agree...but the article begins (which was not written by you) states Kristin Wiig should have been nominated...to which I can only reply....REALLY?????? ugh

Stevedore
Stevedore

The Paul Giamatti thing was huge. You're right, everyone rallied around and felt for him, and it actually helped his career.

Savannah Montgomery
Savannah Montgomery

God do I remember that one...Part of me wanted Marisa ( in character) to say "Fuck youse!" to the Academy

Tartar
Tartar

Thank you for giving some props to Judy Holliday and Marisa Tomei rather than take the same old trite approach you always hear.

Musto
Musto

To clarify the Judy item: She had already given birth to Joey and was recuperating in the hospital when the Oscars took place. 

Melinda9
Melinda9

Kristin Wiig - are these people insane?

Loins
Loins

Wiig is on the cover of Paper.

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