What would the Oscars be without big surprises? It seems every Academy Awards show throughout history has had memorable upsets.

When an actor or a film seems like the frontrunner, any knowledgable viewer should know it ain't over 'til the gold statue is in his or her hand.

From Marisa Tomei winning to 'Citizen Kane' losing, we count down the biggest Oscar upsets of all time.
Gangs of New York
Based on 39 critics

A man (Leonardo DiCaprio) vows vengeance on the gangster (Daniel Day-Lewis) who killed his father. Read More

My Cousin Vinny
In Theaters on March 13th, 1992

A Brooklyn lawyer (Joe Pesci) defends his cousin (Ralph Macchio) in Alabama. Read More

A Streetcar Named Desire
In Theaters on January 1st, 1951

A brute (Marlon Brando) clashes with his wife's (Kim Hunter) neurotic sister (Vivien Leigh). Read More

Ordinary People
Based on 11 critics

A son's death tears a suburban family (Donald Sutherland, Timothy Hutton, Mary Tyler Moore) apart. Read More

The Pianist
Based on 40 critics

A Jewish pianist (Adrien Brody) survives Nazi occupation in Poland. Read More

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November 11, 2016
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Based on 36 critics

Racial tensions collide among Los Angeles residents (Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon). Read More

Hustle & Flow
Based on 37 critics

A pimp (Terrence Howard) wants to rap his way out of his dead-end life. Read More

Brokeback Mountain
Based on 41 critics

Two cowboys (Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal) have a secret romance over many years. Read More

Chariots of Fire
In Theaters on September 25th, 1981

Goals spur two Britons (Ian Charleson, Ben Cross) to run in the 1924 Olympics. Read More

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October 25, 2016
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Based on 37 critics

A transsexual (Felicity Huffman) and her son (Kevin Zegers) make a cross-country road trip. Read More

Based on 18 critics

An Irish-Italian hood (Ray Liotta) joins the 1950s New York Mafia. Read More

The English Patient
Based on 31 critics

Count's (Ralph Fiennes) fling with a British newlywed leads to tragedy. Read More

The Mirror Has Two Faces
In Theaters on November 15th, 1996

Professors (Barbra Streisand, Jeff Bridges) venture into a platonic marriage. Read More

Dances With Wolves.
Based on 20 critics

A Union officer (Kevin Costner) at a frontier outpost befriends the Lakota and adopts their culture. Read More

How Green Was My Valley
Not Yet Rated1941
In Theaters on December 27th, 1941

A boy (Roddy McDowall) sees his coal-mining family fall in circa-1900 Wales. Read More

Shakespeare in Love
Based on 33 critics

The young playwright (Joseph Fiennes) falls for the betrothed Viola (Gwyneth Paltrow). Read More

In Theaters on November 21st, 1976

A heavyweight champ gives a club fighter (Sylvester Stallone) a title shot. Read More

An American In Paris
Not Yet Rated1951
In Theaters on October 4th, 1951

A GI (Gene Kelly) stays in Paris to paint and falls in love with a young woman (Leslie Caron). Read More

October 21, 2016
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The Fugitive
Based on 11 critics

U.S. marshal (Tommy Lee Jones) hunts doctor (Harrison Ford) for murder of his wife (Sela Ward). Read More

November 15, 2016
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Schindler's List
Based on 23 critics

A German industrialist (Liam Neeson) saves Jews from the Nazis. Read More

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