Voting for the 86th Academy Award nominations ends on January 8. There are a few sure-fire bets for who will get nods for the top prizes, though there will likely be some surprises when nominees are announced on January 16. Last year, there were few big shockers when the Oscar winners were named. But in years past, there have been quite a few jaw-dropping moments. Here are a few of the most memorable Oscar night surprises.
1. Adrien Brody
When this young, relatively unknown actor went up against Hollywood legends Daniel Day-Lewis, Michael Cain, Nicolas Cage, and Jack Nicholson during the 75th Academy Awards, few considered him to be a serious contender. But Adrien Brody’s moving performance as Wladyslaw Szpilman, a Jewish musician on the run from Nazis in The Pianist, obviously caught the attention of Oscar voters.
When his name was announced for Best Actor, no one was more shocked than Brody, who elatedly kissed presenter Halle Berry when he made it on stage to collect his statue. To this day, he’s the youngest actor ever to earn the honor — though he may be remembered more for his reaction after his win than he is for the performance itself.