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

Brokeback Mountain loses to Crash

Brokeback Mountain loses to Crash (© Mirek Towski/FilmMagic/Getty Images)
  • 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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The gasp which could be heard upon presenter Jack Nicholson opening the envelope and announcing "Crash" as the Best Picture winner of the 78th Academy Awards in 2006 was indicative of the surprise a lot of people felt. Director Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain" was the odds-on favourite to win that particular category, and "Crash's" win was ascribed by Los Angeles Time critic Kenneth Turan to Hollywood rewarding a film which allowed them to feel progressive on one social issue (racism) so that they would not have to deal with their discomfort surrounding another (homosexuality).