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The Quick 10: 10 Shocking Oscar Upsets

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I actually made it through all of the Oscars last night, which is pretty unusual for a couple of reasons. First of all, I usually get bored and change the channel. Second, I am a big fan of sleep and never make it up to see the very end. I don't know that there were any huge surprises, did you guys think? But there have been in the past. Here 10 Oscar surprises from over the years "“ be sure to let us know what you think in the comments. Did these deserve to win? And did everyone last night deserve to win?

berry1. Adrien Brody for Best Actor in 2003 instead of Jack Nicholson, Michael Caine, Daniel-Day Lewis and Nicolas Cage. Some people consider this one of the biggest Oscar upsets in history. Adrien obviously thought so too, because he appeared to be completely stunned and shaken as he accepted the award, and took his moment in the sun to plant one on Halle Berry.
2. Claudette Colbert instead of Norma Shearer for Best Actress, 1934. This was the year that It Happened One Night hit the Oscars Grand Slam "“ it won in all of the five major categories, a feat that has only happened twice since (Silence of the Lambs and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest). No one was more surprised than the movie's stars, Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert. They both thought the movie was absolutely awful right from the beginning "“ reportedly, Gable showed up on set and announced his presence with, "Let's get this over with." Colbert didn't think the movie had a chance of winning anything and didn't even bother to show up for the Oscars. When she was told that evening that she should attend because it looked like a win was in her future, she rushed down to accept her award in a traveling suit "“ she had been headed out of town.

3. The Great Ziegfeld instead of Mr. Deeds Goes to Town for Best Picture, 1936.

4. Victor McLaglen as Best Actor in 1935. This was shocking because of the four nominees for the award, three of them were actors from what would become the Best Picture of the year, Mutiny on the Bounty. But McLaglen's performance in The Informer was more deserving of the trophy, or so the Academy thought, and he beat the odds.

5. Jon Voight as Best Actor in 1978. For his role in Coming Home, Voight beat out Warren Beatty, Robert DeNiro, Laurence Olivier and"¦ Gary Busey?! Yeah. Busey was nominated for his role as Buddy Holly in The Buddy Holly Story. Weird.

cher6. Cher as Best Actress in 1987 over the formidable Meryl Streep, Glenn Close, Holly Hunter and Sally Kirkland. Because, c'mon"¦ Cher?! She accepted her award for Moonstruck in an outrageous Bob Mackie creation that rivals Britney Spears as far as skimpy spangles go. Maybe if Meryl had gone with a flesh-toned sequined number, she would have won.
7. Rocky as Best Picture of 1977, beating out Taxi Driver, Network and All the Presidents' Men. Not that Rocky isn't entertaining, but"¦ really?
8. Chicago as Best Picture of 2002 instead of Gangs of New York, The Hours, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, and The Pianist. Musicals hadn't yet made the comeback that we seem to be in the middle of right now (according to Hugh Jackman, anyway), so it was a pretty big deal when it was nominated for 13 Oscars - and won six of them, including the big one.

valley9. How Green Was My Valley for Best Picture in 1942. Citizen Kane may be considered the best picture of all time now, but in 1942, the Academy thought at least one movie topped it. Valley was a fine picture, though, and people were happy to see it win - Citizen Kane wasn't considered a classic until years later.
10. Marisa Tomei for Best Supporting Actress in 1992. She was up against some industry veterans such as Miranda Richardson, Vanessa Redgrave, Judy Davis and Joan Plowright (Laurence Olivier's second wife). So you can see where people were absolutely stunned when she won for playing the braying Brooklynite Mona Lisa Vito. But she proved she wasn't a one-trick pony: she received her second Supporting Actress nod in 2001 for In the Bedroom and her third this year for The Wrestler.

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6 Radiant Facts About Irène Joliot-Curie
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Though her accomplishments are often overshadowed by those of her parents, the elder daughter of Marie and Pierre Curie was a brilliant researcher in her own right.


A black and white photo of Irene and Marie Curie in the laboratory in 1925.
Irène and Marie in the laboratory, 1925.
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Irène’s birth in Paris in 1897 launched what would become a world-changing scientific dynasty. A restless Marie rejoined her loving husband in the laboratory shortly after the baby’s arrival. Over the next 10 years, the Curies discovered radium and polonium, founded the science of radioactivity, welcomed a second daughter, Eve, and won a Nobel Prize in Physics. The Curies expected their daughters to excel in their education and their work. And excel they did; by 1925, Irène had a doctorate in chemistry and was working in her mother’s laboratory.


Like her mother, Irène fell in love in the lab—both with her work and with another scientist. Frédéric Joliot joined the Curie team as an assistant. He and Irène quickly bonded over shared interests in sports, the arts, and human rights. The two began collaborating on research and soon married, equitably combining their names and signing their work Irène and Frédéric Joliot-Curie.


Black and white photo of Irène and Fréderic Joliot-Curie working side by side in their laboratory.
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Their passion for exploration drove them ever onward into exciting new territory. A decade of experimentation yielded advances in several disciplines. They learned how the thyroid gland absorbs radioiodine and how the body metabolizes radioactive phosphates. They found ways to coax radioactive isotopes from ordinarily non-radioactive materials—a discovery that would eventually enable both nuclear power and atomic weaponry, and one that earned them the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1935.


The humanist principles that initially drew Irène and Frédéric together only deepened as they grew older. Both were proud members of the Socialist Party and the Comité de Vigilance des Intellectuels Antifascistes (Vigilance Committee of Anti-Fascist Intellectuals). They took great pains to keep atomic research out of Nazi hands, sealing and hiding their research as Germany occupied their country, Irène also served as undersecretary of state for scientific research of the Popular Front government.


Irène eventually scaled back her time in the lab to raise her children Hélène and Pierre. But she never slowed down, nor did she stop fighting for equality and freedom for all. Especially active in women’s rights groups, she became a member of the Comité National de l'Union des Femmes Françaises and the World Peace Council.


Irène’s extraordinary life was a mirror of her mother’s. Tragically, her death was, too. Years of watching radiation poisoning and cancer taking their toll on Marie never dissuaded Irène from her work. In 1956, dying of leukemia, she entered the Curie Hospital, where she followed her mother’s luminous footsteps into the great beyond.

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You Can Now Order Food Through Facebook
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After a bit of controversy over its way of aggregating news feeds and some questionable content censoring policies, it’s nice to have Facebook roll out a feature everyone can agree on: allowing you to order food without leaving the social media site.

According to a press release, Facebook says that the company decided to begin offering food delivery options after realizing that many of its users come to the social media hub to rate and discuss local eateries. Rather than hop from Facebook to the restaurant or a delivery service, you’ll be able to stay within the app and select from a menu of food choices. Just click “Order Food” from the Explore menu on a desktop interface or under the “More” option on Android or iOS devices. There, you’ll be presented with options that will accept takeout or delivery orders, as well as businesses participating with services like or EatStreet.

If you need to sign up and create an account with or Jimmy John’s, for example, you can do that without leaving Facebook. The feature is expected to be available nationally, effective immediately.

[h/t Forbes]


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