Oscars: The Biggest Snubs and Surprises of the Night

by gradycarter

Originally posted on Variety:

In a nail-biting photo finish, “12 Years a Slave” was crowned best picture of the 86th Academy Awards, besting the night’s most popular film, “Gravity,” which won a total of seven awards.

But that wasn’t the only eyebrow-raising moment of the night.

In a year in which several front-runners were established months ago, such as Cate Blanchett and Jared Leto, there were several notable omissions Sunday night in Hollywood.

“Gravity” loses picture, despite love for Cuaron: Director Alfonso Cuaron, who shared the film editing kudo with Mark Sanger, was the heavy favorite to win for helming “Gravity” — in fact, it would have been a seismic snub had he not won.

It was an inevitable outcome as both films entered the Oscars with plenty of awards season heat behind them. And even as the night progressed, there was little clarification as to which film would walk away the big winner…

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