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.
Chariots of Fire Movie Poster
Chariots of Fire
PG1981
In Theaters on September 25, 1981

In the class-obsessed and religiously divided United Kingdom of the early 1920s, two determined young... Read More

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GoodFellas
R1990
Based on 18 critics

A young man grows up in the mob and works very hard to advance himself through the ranks. He enjoys his... Read More

January 29, 2017
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The English Patient
R1996
Based on 31 critics

The sweeping expanses of the Sahara are the setting for a passionate love affair in this adaptation of... Read More

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The Mirror Has Two Faces
PG-131996
In Theaters on 1996

Comic tale about the relationship between a frumpy college lecturer specializing in romantic literature... Read More

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Dances With Wolves
PG-131990
Based on 20 critics

A Civil War soldier develops a relationship with a band of Lakota Indians. Attracted by the simplicity... Read More

March 12, 2017
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How Green Was My Valley
1941
In Theaters on December 27, 1941

Huw Morgan (Roddy McDowall), the academically inclined youngest son in a proud family of Welsh coal miners,... Read More

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Shakespeare in Love
R1998
Based on 33 critics

"Shakespeare in Love" is a romantic comedy for the 1990s set in the 1590s. It imaginatively unfolds the... Read More

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Rocky
PG1976
In Theaters on December 1, 1976

Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), a small-time boxer from working-class Philadelphia, is arbitrarily... Read More

January 20, 2017
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An American in Paris
1951
In Theaters on October 4, 1951

Jerry Mulligan (Gene Kelly) is an American ex-GI who stays in post-war Paris to become a painter, and... Read More

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The Fugitive
PG-131993
Based on 11 critics

Wrongfully accused of murdering his wife, Richard Kimble (Harrison Ford) escapes from the law in an attempt... Read More

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Schindler's List
R1993
Based on 23 critics

Businessman Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson) arrives in Krakow in 1939, ready to make his fortune from World... Read More

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Gangs of New York
R2002
Based on 39 critics

Amsterdam Vallon (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a young Irish immigrant released from prison. He returns to the... Read More

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Ordinary People
R1980
Based on 11 critics

Tormented by guilt following the death of his older brother, Buck, in a sailing accident, alienated teenager... Read More

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The Pianist
R2002
Based on 40 critics

In this adaptation of the autobiography "The Pianist: The Extraordinary True Story of One Man's Survival... Read More

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Crash
R2004
Based on 36 critics

Writer-director Paul Haggis interweaves several connected stories about race, class, family and gender... Read More

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Hustle & Flow
R2005
Based on 37 critics

DJay (Terrence Howard) is a pimp living day to day on the tough streets of Memphis, Tennessee. Pushing... Read More

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Brokeback Mountain
R2005
Based on 41 critics

In 1963, rodeo cowboy Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal) and ranch hand Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger) are hired... Read More

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Transamerica
R2005
Based on 37 critics

Right in the midst of important changes in her life, Bree Osborne (Felicity Huffman) learns that she... Read More

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My Cousin Vinny
R1992
In Theaters on March 13, 1992

New York lawyer Vinny has never won a case. When his teenage cousin Bill and his friend Stan are accused... Read More

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A Streetcar Named Desire
PG1951
In Theaters on January 1, 1951

Based on the play by Tennessee Williams, this renowned drama follows troubled former schoolteacher Blanche... Read More

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