What looks like a perfect event, has its own share of blunders as well. Many such blunders have happened at the Oscars over the years. While someone's win became somebody else's loss, there have also been times when the results were extremely unexpected.

Here are 11 biggest mistakes and shocking results at the world's most honoured film awards.

1. Pulp Fiction lost the Best Picture and Best Director awards to Forrest Gump


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When everything was smooth and eyes were fixed on Forrest Gump, Pulp Fiction walked away with the golden trophy. No offences to the fans of the latter, we know how brilliant is Tom Hanks in this, but Tarantino had broken new ground with his film creating one of the greatest, most quotable, movies ever made. Pulp Fiction garnered seven Oscar nominations and walked away with only the Best Original Screenplay. Call it a fitting consolation prize! Even if it lost at the Oscars, it won millions of hearts.

2.  Oliver won Best Picture over 2001: A Space Odyssey

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A perfect case when music gets in the way of history. Despite 2001: A Space Odyssey being considered one of the all-time greatest films and the benchmark in sci-fi, it lost out to the British film. Even its director Stanley Kubrick lost to Oliver's director Carol Reed. And all this when its enigmatic ending is still being analyzed. 2014 film Interstellar drew stark comparisons to 2001 too.

3. Francis Ford Coppola lost the Best Director to Bob Fosse

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In 1973, Bob won for his Broadway musical Cabaret. But Francis' loss for his film The Godfather, ached many hearts. Ironically, Cabaret has largely been forgotten by time, but The Godfather has gone down the history to be considered as one of the greatest movies of all time.

4. Crash won Best Picture over Brokeback Mountain

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Many blamed the academy, for being eager to make a political statement in 2006. Hence, the shocking result. Crash's message about race was perfect, but its was heavy handed and the intersecting storylines largely contrived. And adding to the fans' depression was the fact that all the other four nominees -- Brokeback Mountain, Capote, Good Night, and Good Luck, and Munich, were better films, to say the least.

5. Billy Wilder won Best Director over Alfred Hitchcock

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in 1961, Billy Wilder with his The Apartment beat out Alfred Hitchcock for Psycho. It gave for a friction between the fans of both these legends. No doubt The Apartment is a classic and Billy is considered Hollywood's royalty. But sadly, the "Master of Suspense" Hitchcock never won a best director Oscar, because if he ever deserved one, it would have been for this film.

6. Goodfellas lost Best Picture and Best Director to Dances with Wolves

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It's called one of the most inexplicable decisions in the Academy's history when Kevin Costner's Dances with Wolves defeated Martin Scorsese's masterpiece Goodfellas. Instead of Scorsese's quintessential mobster film, guess the American Academy opted to go with a film about a man who becomes close to a group of Native Americans on the Frontier. If things had gone as they should have, Scorsese would have had his Best Director Oscar 16 years earlier and for an even better film than what he eventually won for (The Departed).

7. Cloud Atlas got completely washed out 

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It left many aghast when it didn't receive any nomination whatsoever. Tom Tykwer's sprawling epic found itself completely out in the cold the day the nominations were announced. It still remains a big, bold and very ambitious film that touched immense heights that few films dare even to aim for. It even succeeded better than any could have possibly expected. It deserved much better!

8. The Dark Knights fell behind in major nominations 

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Every Christopher Nolan's epic masterpiece is expected to get multiple nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director. But unfortunately, The only nomination The Dark Knight could squeeze out in the top categories was Best Supporting Actor for the late actor Heath Ledger, which it was certain to win. It did earn eight nominations in total, but they were mostly for much smaller categories like Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Makeup. Our heart still aches!

9. Bill Murray lost Best Actor to Sean Penn

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Considered a pretty big error on the Academy's part, when they failed to give Bill Murray the deserving Oscar for his brilliant performance in Lost in Translation. Instead, they opted for Sean Penn for his average act in the forgettable film Mystic River. Bill's film is not just called one of the best that year, but also in the past decade.

10. Inglourious Basterds won only one Oscar

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That night, the world was hoping to see Quentin Tarantino take his much-deserved Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for his brilliant script in Inglourious Basterds. But everything came crashing down when the result came out like a punch to the gut when The Hurt Locker won instead. It was hard to believe, that a bland, forgettable script with little substance had somehow beaten one of the sharpest written stories in the last decade. Making matter worse was when it was shot down to all but one of its eight nominations, receiving Best Supporting Actor for Christoph Waltz's amazing performance.

11. Stanley Kubrick never won Best Director and his films never won Best Picture

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Apart from Alfred Hitchcock, he is another maverick name who was left out at the Oscars. His shut-out is downright perplexing and thoroughly embarrassing for the Academy. He never won a directing Oscar throughout his amazing career, despite being nominated for four masterpieces in a row in the 60s and 70s. It was the Academy's loss. Many hold his bold subjects responsible for it. They say it was too much for the selecting committee to handle at that time.
We wish that the Oscars this year don't add to this already long list of mistakes.

It's time you finally give it to Leonardo Di'Caprio this year!!

 

source:indiatimes

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