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8 Times Oscar Got It Wrong – From ‘Crash’ to Kevin Costner (Photos)

TheWrap Logo By Alonso Duralde of TheWrap | Slide 2 of 9: Best Picture: “Crash” over “Brokeback Mountain” (2005)   Fifteen years later, this one still stings. A genuinely great film, one that’s both historically significant and still emotionally powerful, gets beaten by a gimmicky movie that takes an important subject and grinds it into ham-fisted theatrics and excessively on-the-nose writing. There are many theories behind the “Crash” win -- from its studio’s blanket coverage of awards voters with early DVD screeners to older Hollywood veterans refusing to watch the gay-cowboy movie -- but no matter why it happened, it was as much a mistake then as it is now.

Best Picture: “Crash” over “Brokeback Mountain” (2005) 

Fifteen years later, this one still stings. A genuinely great film, one that’s both historically significant and still emotionally powerful, gets beaten by a gimmicky movie that takes an important subject and grinds it into ham-fisted theatrics and excessively on-the-nose writing. There are many theories behind the “Crash” win -- from its studio’s blanket coverage of awards voters with early DVD screeners to older Hollywood veterans refusing to watch the gay-cowboy movie -- but no matter why it happened, it was as much a mistake then as it is now.

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