The 90th Academy Awards are on their way! With the nominations out, the speculation can begin. Part of the fun, however, has always been the propensity for the annual glitz-fest to surprise.
With that in mind, here are 5 surprising films that bagged Oscars…
1. Suicide Squad (2016)
A stinker through and through, Suicide Squad confounded critics to pick up a gong at last year’s festival, beating off A Man Called Ove and Star Trek Beyond to steal Best Makeup and Hairstyling. Criminal.
2. Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
Robin Williams will always be a much-missed star and in Chris Columbus’ Mrs. Doubtfire he’s on fine, funny and saccharine form.
What you may not remember is that it, too, picked up the Academy Award for Best Makeup.
3. Cleopatra (1963)
At 243 minutes Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s chore-to-watch Cleopatra is best remembered for being the film that nearly bankrupted 20th Century-Fox. A pudding of a film, astonishingly Cleopatra bagged not one but FOUR Oscars in 1963.
Back in the days when categories were split between colour films and black and white, Cleopatra reigned over Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Special Effects and Best Costume Design.
Given that the film saw 26,000 costumes produced – with 65 changes for Elizabeth Taylor – the last one was monumentally conquered.
4. Oliver! (1968)
We love Carol Reed’s musical spectacular as much as the next film blog but can’t help but be bamboozled to this day that the Charles Dickens adaptation bagged six awards.
Of course Musical Score and Sound were a given but Oliver! wanted more and got more, picking up Best Picture, Best Art Direction and an honorary award for choreographer Onna White.
Most surprisingly, Reed picked a pocket or two to nab Best Director in the year that Stanley Kubrick was nominated for 2001: A Space Odyssey.
5. Der Fuehrer’s Face (1943)
Featuring Donald Duck as a reluctant Nazi, Disney’s Best Animated Short of 1943 isn’t often re-run. Anti-fascist propaganda that it was, the film was nonetheless a popular winner in the middle of the Second World War.