As much as we love seeing Meryl take the stage every few years, big names like hers aren't the only ones who get major recognition. Though a lot of people will complain that the Oscars are just a giant, phony, Illuminati-and-Scientology-run circus designed to one-up the top dogs instead of recognizing real talent, there are occasions when other, lesser-known folks get the love they dearly deserve on the big night.
Since we've very nearly exhausted ourselves with the will-he-or-won't-he Leonardo DiCaprio debate, we decided to look up a few more surprising wins. And, you know what? The resulting list really warmed our hearts. We have a feeling it'll make yours tingle, too!
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Remember 8 Mile? If you were an adult at that time, you probably saw it and thought "meh"; if you were in middle school, you probably put together a Power Point presentation begging your mother to escort you to the R-rated flick loosely based on Eminem's own life. While the acting wasn't exactly top-notch, Mr. Mathers took home a statue for Best Original Song for "Lose Yourself."
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Not that we don't think she's capable of it, but generally, we think of Goldie as a fluffier rom-com star. However, she took a much-lauded turn in Cactus Flower in 1969 and ended up with a Best Supporting Actress award as a result.
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Okay, it's no surprise to hear that Emma Thompson is amazing and has been officially recognized as such. However, aside from the Jane Austen buffs in our office, we were pretty surprised to find out that she actually wrote the screenplay for Sense and Sensibility. A woman of many talents!
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Does this guy look vaguely familiar to you? That's because he is often cast as an obnoxious, condescending bit character — notably Phoebe's horrible therapist boyfriend on Friends. As a director, though, he's much more likable. He won Best Documentary for 2009's The Cove, a heartbreaking expose that followed Japanese dolphin hunters.
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DJ Paul & Juicy J of Three 6 Mafia
So, at the 78th Academy Awards, Martin Scorsese had zero Oscars, and Three 6 Mafia had one. That is kind of beautiful. (In case you're wondering, the pair won for "It's Hard Out There For A Pimp" in Hustle and Flow).
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James L. Brooks
Though it is a television show and there is no Academy Award for voice acting, as far as we are concerned, The Simpsons deserves at least a few Oscar nods. However, James L. Brooks still got his due for Terms of Endearment and the tearjearker adapted screenplay he penned.
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If you didn't know she had an Oscar, it's probably because you weren't entirely aware of her existence, but she is Drew Barrymore's grand aunt! She won Best Supporting Actress for None but the Lonely Heart in 1944. Judging from this photo, she probably had a very fabulous outfit for the red carpet.
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We have to say, in retrospect, it's questionable whether Lord of the Rings: Return of the King really deserved all those Oscars. But, we feel pretty good about the Academy's decision to give Annie Lennox the gold for her haunting song, "Into the West."
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Shirley Temple Black
At only six-years-old, the late and lovely Shirley Temple won the first-ever Juvenile Academy Award. The statue really should be miniature-sized for maximum adorableness, but hey, you can't always get what you want.
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You might know this guy from Community, but in addition to acting, he's also an accomplished writer! He adapted the screenplay for the highly praised film The Descendants, starring George Clooney.