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1. There are occasions in film history where an outstanding movie of huge significance and of lasting legacy fails to be recognised with the Academy Award for Best Picture; one of those films is 1939's 'The Wizard of Oz'. Unfortunately for this film of yellow brick road fame, another film regarded by many as one of the all-time greats was released in the same year. Which film, that didn't give a damn about 'The Wizard of Oz', won 1939's Best Picture Oscar?
2. The Best Picture Oscar for 1941 is commonly believed to have gone to the wrong film. The winner was announced to be the quaint 'How Green Was My Valley', the claim to cinematic fame for Wales. From Wales to Welles, from success to possibly undeserved failure, which film, featuring Joseph Cotten and Dorothy Comingore, missed out on the award?
3. The 25th Academy Awards honoured the best films of 1952 and the winner of the Best Picture Oscar for this year is frequently cited as one of the worst winners of the award in the history of the ceremony. James Stewart and Charlton Heston featured in which circus-themed film, with a now seemingly ironic title, that was chosen over 'High Noon'?
4. 1976 was a fantastic year for cinema but when so many great films are released, the Academy are destined to make a controversial decision. Two of the films that missed out on the honour of Best Picture for 1976 were 'Taxi Driver' and 'All the President's Men'; which pugilistic film beat these to the Oscar?
5. For the second year running, the Academy managed to spark heated debate over their choice for Best Picture. Even in the 21st century, there are many fans of 'Star Wars' that cannot believe that 'Annie Hall' beat the science fiction staple to Best Picture in 1977. Who directed 'Annie Hall'?
6. The year 1994 saw the release of many great films and according to the Academy, the best of these was 'Forrest Gump'. In what is mostly "hindsight", there is a large group of filmgoers who believe that the rightful winner that year starred Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. Which film lost out on the Academy Award for Best Picture to 'Forrest Gump'?
7. 'Shakespeare in Love' was a surprise choice for the 1998 Best Picture; being a romantic comedy, 'Shakespeare in Love' wasn't expected to triumph over one of the Academy's favourite genres, war films. And when it comes to war films, the film that missed out on the Best Picture for 1998 is up there as one of the best examples. Starring Tom Hanks, which war-themed film missed out on the designation in 1998?
8. The 75th Academy Awards, celebrating the films of 2002, saw Roman Polanski's excellent film 'The Pianist' overlooked for Best Picture. Which of the following musicals, starring Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Richard Gere, won Best Picture that year?
9. The Academy shocked a large contingent of the film community when 'Crash' was designated Best Picture of 2005. Which film, starring Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, was beaten to the prestigious Oscar by 'Crash'?
10. The Academy Awards for 2009 saw a debate arise over the eligibility of animated films to win the Best Picture Oscar. The Academy awarded the Best Picture of 2009 to 'The Hurt Locker' but many thought that what animated film, that was also nominated, would have been a better choice?
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