ByLights Camera Jackson, writer at

It's been a week since the 87th Oscars, and I'm finally over "Big Hero 6" winning Best Animated Feature. So I thought I'd take a look back at the biggest Oscar night surprises of the past decade:

10) 2011: "Toy Story 3" didn't only win Best Animated Feature honors, but it also took Best Original Song for the unforgettable "We Belong Together", which beat out stronger nominees from music-driven films "Tangled" and "Country Strong."

9) 2015: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu masterfully directed "Birdman", basically in one continuous shot. But I, and most of the film community, thought the Academy would bestow Best Director honors on Richard Linklater, for making the groundbreaking "Boyhood" over a 12-year period.

8) 2012: George Clooney could have and should have won Best Actor for "The Descendents". But, riding a wave of love for "The Artist", Jean Dujardin pull-off the surprise win.

7) 2013: After Ben Affleck ("Argo") was snubbed for a Best Director nomination, Steven Spielberg was thought by most to be a lock for the statue for "Lincoln". However, Ang Lee snagged his second Oscar, for a film that didn't win Best Picture - "Life of Pi".

6) 2015: "The LEGO Movie" was one of the most talked-about nomination snubs of the year. Without "LEGO" in the running, DreamWorks' "How to Train Your Dragon 2" became the clear front-runner for Animated Feature honors. But a huge and effective last-minute marketing campaign by Disney helped the studio steal a win for "Big Hero 6".

5) 2010: The buzz surrounding the possibility of director Kathryn Bigelow defeating ex-husband James Cameron was everywhere leading-up to Oscar night. The fact that "The Hurt Locker" was able to crush "Avatar" in both the Best Director and Best Picture categories was a stunner.

4) 2012: The "Streep" came to an end, as Meryl finally won her first Oscar in nearly 30 years, for her work as Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady". But before the envelop was opened, Viola Davis ("The Help") was thought to be practically a sure-thing.

3) 2006: "Crash" did not burn on Oscar night, shocking everyone by upsetting the near-lock, "Brokeback Mountain", for Best Picture.

2) 2007: That the Academy picked dancing penguins over talking automobiles still blows my mind. For the record, "Cars" is such a better film than "Happy Feet" it's not even worth debating.

1) 2007: Eddie Murphy won the Golden Globes, Critics Choice and SAG Awards for his Best Supporting Actor performance in "Dreamgirls". But, because his flop comedy "Norbit" was heavily promoted and released during the Oscar voting period, members rejected Murphy in favor of Alan Arkin ("Little Miss Sunshine"). Murphy, whose acting career has never recovered, at least can claim credit for creating "The Norbit Effect".


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