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

'Slumdog Millionaire' (2008)

It's always a bit of a surprise when any Academy Award goes to a person of color; it's a monumental shock when the Oscar for Best Picture went to a movie that was full of them. 2008 marked the first time that Hollywood's top prize had been given to a movie with an almost exclusively non-white cast (The Last Emperor is an arguable exception; Gandhi is not), but Slumdog Millionaire also signaled a critical shift in a number of other respects. A love story that arrived on the heels of decidedly unromantic winners like No Country for Old Men, Danny Boyle's populist Indian fairy tale was as warm and frivolous as previous awardees were bleak and borderline nihilistic.

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