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10 hits from the past decade that Oscar would have recognized if the new rules were in effect
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Cast Away - 2000
U.S. Box Office: $233 million
Actual nominees that year: "Chocolat," "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," "Erin Brokovich," "Traffic," "Gladiator"
Justification: Considering it's effect on the cultural zeitgeist, it was always strange Robert Zemeckis' solitary portrait wasn't recognized in what was a very strange year of both indie and studio films. Perhaps its studio, 20th Century Fox, didn't adequately campaign it, but when looking at the overall field, it would have been startling if it hadn't made it with ten slots available.
Other potential nominees: "Almost Famous," "The Perfect Storm," "Wonder Boys," "Billy Elliott"