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26 of the biggest upsets in Oscar history

Photos Logo Photos | Slide 1 of 26: VARIOUS FILM STILLS OF 'HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY' WITH AWARDS - OSCARS, 1941, AWARDS - ACADEMY, BEST PICTURE, MAUREEN O'HARA, WALTER PIDGEON, POSTER ART, OSCAR RETRO, OSCAR (MOVIE) IN 1941

'How Green Was My Valley' beats 'Citizen Kane' – 1942

One of the top-rated and critically acclaimed films of all time, “Citizen Kane” failed to win the Best Picture honor. The movie was partially inspired by the life of media mogul William Randolph Hearst, who wasn’t particularly impressed with the comparison. Hearst reportedly banned the film for reviews or even a mention in his papers. It also suppressed its chance for wider reach and promotion. On the other hand, “How Green Was My Valley,” with its multi-generational tale of a family’s victories and tragedies, was perfectly placed for the Oscars.

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