Every new year brings in a new awards season for the biggest stars in the entertainment industry. From the Golden Globes to the SAG Awards, and of course the Emmys, BAFTAs and the Grammys, there is plenty of opportunity for celebrities and those behind the scenes to be recognized for their work, but there is no bigger night than the Academy Awards. The Oscar is the most coveted statue when it comes to being recognized in Hollywood, and earning one is often the pinnacle of the winner’s career. With lead up awards shows like the Golden Globes and SAG Awards beginning the year, by the time the Oscars roll around, there is already a pretty good idea on who will win, but sometimes upsets are pulled off! Here are the most surprising and shocking Oscar wins of all time:
12. Best Actor – Robert Donat (1940)
The 1940 Academy Awards were stocked full of Hollywood’s most iconic stars, and of course marked the year to celebrate 1939’s Gone With the Wind. The film took home eight awards this year, but Clark Gable didn’t walk away with Best Actor which shocked everyone. While it was assumed that Gable was going to win, there was talk of maybe James Stewart upsetting the assumptions for his work in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Incredibly, neither man won and to everyone’s surprise Robert Donat’s name was called for his role in Goodbye, Mr. Chips.