The 12 Most Shocking Oscar Upsets of All Time

The Oscars have a long history of shocking surprises and jaw-dropping upsets.

The 96-year-old organization has seen its fair share of moments that put them in hot water, or have aged incredibly poorly. While some wins were anticipated by few, others left audiences and critics alike scratching their heads in disbelief. From “How Green Was My Valley” (1941) topping “Citizen Kane,” which many film historians consider to be the greatest film of all time, to the most recent “Parasite” (2019) managing to best the major guild sweeper “1917,” there are have been many surprising moments enshrined in history.

In honor of the Oscars, Variety ranks the 12 most shocking upsets in history.

The unpredictable twists and turns may seem fewer since the rise of Oscar punditry and prognostication. However, the Academy can still deliver something that truly makes your jaw drop.

Regardless if you love watching the Oscars or hate-watch the annual ceremony, it’s a cultural staple that even casual entertainment consumers know.

Nonetheless, this list is vast, and ever-changing. Read below.

Honorable mentions: “Green Book” wins best picture and original screenplay over “Roma” and “The Favourite” (2018); “Dances with Wolves” wins best picture over “Goodfellas” (1990); “Skyfall” and “Zero Dark Thirty” (2012) tie in sound.

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