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

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'The Departed' (2006)

It's unlikely that anyone involved ever imagined that this remake of a Hong Kong gangster movie would be the film that won Scorsese his Oscar (especially after Gangs of New York swung for the fences and came up short), but the master's pulpy crime saga managed to get the job done. Too frequently diminished as a tribute to Scorsese's entire body of work, the Academy's decision to honor The Departed was a harsh course-correction to the Crash debacle of 2005. It was also the rare Best Picture that refused to play nice or pretend that it didn't enjoy busting heads.

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