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10. 'Pan's Labyrinth'
That year's Best Picture winner: "The Departed"
Actual nominations: Best Original Screenplay; Best Art Direction (won); Best Cinematography (won); Best Makeup; Best Original Score; Best Foreign Language Film
Why: OK, obviously the Academy loved Guillermo del Toro's fantasy/horror hybrid in "the year of the Three Amigos" (del Toro's pals Alfonso Cuarón and Alejandro González Iñárritu were in the race with "Children of Men" and "Babel"). Six nods and three wins aren't too shabby. So we would wager to guess the film might have slid into Best Picture in the new, expanded category system, but alas, five spots was cutting it too close. It was one of the most critically acclaimed films of the year. Maybe five should have been plenty?
- Kristopher Tapley