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Academy Awards surprises: five Best Picture films that weren't supposed to win

The Oscar-winning Best Picture has not always been what people expected. Here are five films that defied the odds at the Academy Awards.

'Dances With Wolves' won seven Academy Awards.
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5. Dances With Wolves (1990)

The Kevin Costner western was well received, but many thought Martin Scorsese’s “Goodfellas” would take the win. When “Dances With Wolves” got the prize, it became the first western to win Best Picture since 1931’s “Cimarron.” As for Mr. Scorsese, he had to wait until his win for 2006’s “The Departed” before he got to take home a statue.

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