Offbeat Oscars: 10 Outside-the-Box Best Picture Winners

Serial-killer thrillers, neurotic-nebbish rom-coms, silent French movies — these winners went against the grain

'Annie Hall' (1977)

Compared to a fellow nominee like Star Wars — or the following year's winner, The Deer Hunter — Woody Allen's neurotic classic feels as scrawny as its nebbish hero. And yet, even the biggest sci-fi fanatics would have a hard time arguing that the Oscars got this one wrong. The only non-musical comedy to win Best Picture between Tom Jones in 1963 and Driving Miss Daisy in 1989 (if we're being generous with the definition of "comedy"), Annie Hall smashed through the fourth wall in order to bring modernism to an awards group that traditionally likes to keep one foot stuck in the past.

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