12 Box Office Failures That Still Won the Best Picture Oscar

12 Box Office Failures That Still Won the Best Picture Oscar
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Let's face it – a movie's box-office success is an extremely important quality for the Oscars, as awarding a movie that no one has even seen defies the entire logic of the Academy Awards.

Moreover, the Best Picture Oscar tends to go to films with large marketing budgets, which studios tend to allocate to only the most successful films.

That said, there have been several occasions in history where box office flops have won big at the Oscars because their overall quality and strong acting performances were too good to go unnoticed by the Academy.

Here are 12 box office flops that won Best Picture:

As you may have noticed, most of the movies on this list made a lot of money at the box office, but that doesn't mean they weren't flops when they first came out! The thing is, when the movies on this list were first released, hardly anyone saw them, as audiences preferred to see other blockbusters at the time.

However, the moment they were named as Oscar nominees, the public went crazy and flooded theaters to see the potential Oscar winners.

With the Oscar hype behind them, the films made a fortune, but it's important to remember that they were all commercial flops.

The Oscars 2024 will be held Sunday, March 10, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The event is to start at 7 p.m. EST.