A History of the Best Picture Oscar Part V


Crash – 2006

With interweaving stories that depict racial and social tensions in a turbulent Los Angeles, Paul Haggis directs a movie that polarized critics and to this day is arguably considered the worst movie to win the Best Picture Oscar.

Many saw it’s victory as a ‘safe’ choice for the Academy as the other contenders like Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain, the plot of which focused on LGBT issues and Steven Spielberg’s Munich which recounts the Israeli government’s secret retaliation against the Palestine Liberation Organization after the Munich massacre at the 1972 Summer Olympics.

Paul Haggis holds the distinction of being the only person ever to write the screenplay for two consecutive Best Picture winners. He also wrote the previous year’s Best Picture winner, Million Dollar Baby.


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