Biggest Mistakes In Oscars History

Hindsight being 20/20, the annual game of “who’s going to get stiffed at the Academy Awards this year” usually comes with a couple of great examples to talk about over the virtual water cooler. But there have been some instances where the winner not only doesn’t stand up to the test of time, the winner didn’t even stand up to its contemporary competition. Here are the biggest mistakes the Oscars have made over the years.

‘The Greatest Show On Earth’ wins Best Picture

In 1952, at the height of anti-Communist fever, the Academy decided not only to finally give Cecil B. DeMille an Oscar for a mediocre movie about the circus, “The Greatest Show On Earth,” it did so at the expense of the superior “High Noon,” which had been scripted by the blacklisted screenwriter Carl Foreman.