If frontrunners "The Big Short" or "Spotlight" win the Oscar for Best Picture, they will join the club of lowest-grossing films to win the Academy's highest honor.

To date, "Short" has made $60 million domestic, while "Spotlight" has grossed just shy of $34 million.

For decades, the Academy has crowned both box office hits and misses -- and films that, while lacking punch at the box office, sure made an impact on critics and audiences. No matter which of the two aforementioned films take home Best Picture, here are 13 other winners that will be keeping one of them company.

The Big Short
Based on 45 critics

In 2008, shrewd and greedy investors take advantage of an impending economic collapse in America. Read More