The 84th Academy Awards were mostly predictable but there were a few surprising moments. The biggest shocker of the evening came when Meryl Streep heard her name called as the winner for Best Actress. Most assumed Viola Davis would receive that honor. Even Streep looked like she was stunned to win her third Oscar. How does this little Oscar twist rank among the other surprise winners of the last decade? Here is a look at some Oscar wins that few of us saw coming over the last 10 years.
2002 - Adrien Brody wins Best Actor
We all remember Brody more for his acceptance speech than his amazing performance in "The Pianist." He famously planted that smooch on fellow Oscar winner Halle Berry. But the fact that he even made it onto the stage was a shocker. His fellow nominees included Daniel Day-Lewis, Nicolas Cage, Jack Nicholson, and Michael Caine. All were previous Oscar winners and most figured that Brody would be fifth in the pecking order. Instead we got one of the most surprising Oscar winners ever.
2005 - "Crash" wins Best Picture
There is nothing wrong with "Crash." The ensemble movie about racial tension in Los Angeles was definitely a great movie. But most people figured that "Brokeback Mountain" was destined to win. The love story of two cowboys figured to satisfy Hollywood's urge to be proactive in terms of politics. On top of that it was a great movie. When Ang Lee won for directing we all assumed the film would take home Best Picture. Instead, it was "Crash" that pulled off the upset.
2009 - "Avatar" loses out on major awards
In 2009, war movies beat out James Cameron. The "Titanic" director seemed destined to win for either Best Picture or Best Director for the record breaking film. However, he lost both awards as "The Hurt Locker" took advantage of some late momentum. Cameron's ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to ever win Best Director shortly before her film topped Avatar for the biggest award of the night.
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