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Thu, 23 Feb 2012 03:15:41 GMT | By Sean Plummer
Oscars’ biggest upsets

Citizen Kane loses to How Green Was My Valley



Citizen Kane loses to How Green Was My Valley (© c.20thC.Fox/Everett/Rex Features)
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  • All-time biggest Oscar upsets (© GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Citizen Kane loses to How Green Was My Valley (© c.20thC.Fox/Everett/Rex Features)
  • The Shawshank Redemption loses to Forrest Gump (© Vince Bucci/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Saving Private Ryan loses to Shakespeare in Love (© TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Meryl Streep loses to Sandra Bullock (© AFP/GettyImages)
  • Brokeback Mountain loses to Crash (© Mirek Towski/FilmMagic/Getty Images)
  • Cate Blanchett loses to Gwyneth Paltrow (© Vince Bucci/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Taxi Driver loses to Rocky (© Julian Wasser/TIME & LIFE Images/Getty Images)
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It's not that John Ford's adaptation of the Richard Llewellyn novel "How Green Was My Valley" was bad - in fact, it's considered a classic, and boasts Hollywood heavyweights Walter Pidgeon and Maureen O'Hara amongst its cast - but "Citizen Kane" (1941) is the best movie ever made, right? Well, its critical reputation is secure now, but Orson Welles' story of media magnate Charles Foster Kane, who was modelled after real-life media magnate William Randolph Hearst, earned a lot of aggro from those sympathetic to (or afraid of) the powerful Hearst. It's been reported that "Kane's" Best Picture win was foiled by bloc voting by Academy extras.

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