8 People You Wouldn’t Expect to be Oscar Winners


8 People You Wouldn’t Expect to be Oscar Winners

Mostly known for her silly comedy movies like Private Benjamin and Overboard, Goldie Hawn won the 1969 Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in Cactus Flower.

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Charlie Chaplin, renowned silent film actor, never won an acting Oscar. But he did win for Best Original Dramatic Score for the movie “Limelight” in 1952.

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Not typically known for her acting chops, Cher won a Best Actress Oscar for her role in Moonstruck in 1988.

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In a big step for Hip-Hip music, Eminem’s song “Lose Yourself” won Best Original Song for “8 Mile” in 2003. Unfortunately Eminem wasn’t at the ceremony to accept his trophy. It is rumored that he said he was home watching cartoons with his daughter Hailie.

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Maybe the most seemingly unlikely Oscar winners, Three 6 Mafia won in 2005 for Best Original Song in the movie “Hustle & Flow”. Their song “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp” is unlike most Oscar winning songs.

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Half of the New Zealand duo Flight of the Conchords that brought us “It’s Business Time” and “Hiphopopotamus vs Rhymenoceros”, Bret McKenzie won the Oscar for Best Original Song with his “Man or Muppet” for the Muppets movie in 2012.

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Walt Disney has 20 Oscar statues, that’s not surprising. But it might be surprising that one of those wins is for a short featuring Donald Duck in “Der Fuehrer’s Face” originally titled “Donald Duck in Nutzi Land”. Donald plays a reluctant Nazi forced to work in a factory and at many times does a Nazi salute exclaiming “Heil Hitler”. This won Walt Disney the 1943 Best Animated Short Oscar.

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Nicolas Cage is actually an Oscar winner. I was surprised to find out myself. Apparently he did a good job in Leaving Las Vegas. He earned a Best Actor Oscar in 1995.