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 Hurt Locker' (2009)

The only Best Picture awarded to a film about an ongoing war since Casablanca in 1943 (and what a hard-nosed look at WWII that was), The Hurt Locker was dumped into the summer movie season before topping a newly expanded field of 10 nominees to claim Oscar gold. Kathryn Bigelow's tense and refreshingly uncontroversial Iraq War saga managed to explode a category that ran the gamut from sci-fi spectacles (Avatar and District 9), an unflinching inner-city drama (Precious), and a movie about a young woman learning a valuable lesson about the price of having sex with Peter Sarsgaard (An Education).

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