With the Oscars fast approaching, this seems like the perfect time to review all the horrible mistakes the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has made in the past. The Academy Awards have long been a hotbed for controversial decisions both during and surrounding the ceremonies. Some winners have been swept up in a tidal wave of hype and emotion. Other wins were head-scratchers from the start. People have to understand that often these decisions have sometimes have little to do with the actual performances, people, or films that are nominated and much more to do with the politics, campaigning, and voter biases that happen behind the scenes. That is an unfortunate reality of the awards process. We, the film viewing community, have a much easier task: we are able to judge films with the benefit of hindsight. In that sense, perhaps we can forgive the choices in certain categories that were close races or which had many viable candidates. But there are some Oscar blunders so severe that retrospection only inflames the initial outrage. So, without further ado, these are the Oscar battles that totally perplex, flummox, and mystify the mind. These are the worst of the worst. This is the sour cream of the crop, so to speak.