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.
In 2008, Wall Street guru Michael Burry realizes that a number of subprime home loans are in danger of defaulting. Burry bets against the housing market by throwing more than $1 billion of his investors' money into credit default swaps. His actions attract the attention of banker Jared Vennett (Ryan Gosling), hedge-fund specialist Mark Baum (Steve Carell) and other greedy opportunists. Together, these men make a fortune by taking full advantage of the impending economic collapse in America. Read More