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Updated: Sun, 23 Feb 2014 20:45:00 GMT | By Sean Plummer
Oscars' biggest upsets

Saving Private Ryan loses to Shakespeare in Love



Saving Private Ryan loses to Shakespeare in Love (© TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
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It was the producers of Shakespeare in Love who took home the Academy Award for Best Picture on March 21, 1999, not Saving Private Ryan.The Steven Spielberg-directed war epic was widely favoured to win that particular golden statuette, and while Spielberg took home Best Director, it seems that Academy members were more in the mood to reward romantic comedy than wartime bloodshed. Presenter Harrison Ford couldn't seem to believe it either when he tore open the envelope.

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