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Oscars quiz: Who got demoted?

November 21, 2009 | 11:48 am

It doesn't matter what acting category you campaign for at the Academy Awards; voters can put you wherever they want. Most frequently, when ignoring category guidance, they tended to promote contenders from the supporting race to lead like Kate Winslet ("The Reader") and Keisha Castle-Hughes ("Whale Rider"), but sometimes they have the nerve to push a lead contender down to supporting. Which one of these actors suffered that humiliating fate? To see the answer, click on the "Continue reading" link under the photos.


ANSWER: James Cromwell was demoted to the 1995 supporting race, where he lost to Kevin Spacey ("The Usual Suspects").

Photo credits: Universal, Miramax, Columbia Pictures


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