The adage that hindsight is 20/20 certainly applies to Oscars history. Some films honored with the coveted best picture Academy Award have entered near-obscurity over the years, while others that didn't win are now considered must-see classics.
It may be surprising to see which unforgettable releases were overshadowed at the ceremony.
The fact that "Brokeback Mountain" lost out to "Crash" become a major point of contention following the 78th annual Academy Awards. Some critics, such as Michael Jensen, leveled accusations of homophobia against academy voters, while others wondered if Hollywood politics ("Crash" featured a star-studded ensemble cast) played a part.
Of the two, "Brokeback" has certainly fared better over time, while "Crash" in retrospect comes off as preachy, with its hit-us-on-the-head observations on bigotry (we get it, everyone has their prejudices).
Ang Lee's low-budget indie about two male ranchers (Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger) who share a secret romance had received more awards than "Crash" in the lead-up to their Oscars showdown.
After taking home the Golden Globe for best picture, and following three Academy Award wins (including best director for Lee), "Brokeback" seemed a sure-fire for the top prize. When presenter Jack Nicholson read out "Crash" as the best picture winner, an audible gasp could be heard from the Oscars audience in reaction to the upset.