The Lowest Budget Films to Win Big At Oscars

When movie lovers think of hit movies, they tend to think of movies with impressive special effects and explosions that rattle seats, graced with big-name actors that give the films that wow factor. However, it may come as a surprise that not every movie that is made with big budgets make it to the Oscar nominee list. Sometimes, it is not the multi-million dollars that win at the Academy Awards. Instead, it’s the small budgeted, great quality movies that do. Some movies are not even of the popular genres of movies. They are, in fact, the controversial kinds that raise goosebumps and stun audiences. However, one thing stands true about making it to the Oscars and winning the crème-de-la-crème award – budget is not a priority.

Top Oscar Award-Winning Movies Made with Little Budgets

Movies like Moonlight and Rocky was made with a measly budget of $1 million to $1.5 Million each. They went on to win the best picture at the Oscars in 2016 and in 1976. While $1 million might seem like a big-money movie, think of a film like La La Land, which was made with $30 million. While Rocky was created in 1976 and $1 million at the time was a lot, the entire movie was shot in a span of 28 days and made $225 million at the box-office. However, Moonlight in 2016 was made with $1.5 million, which is absolutely nothing in today’s times; it can be considered a big win.

The movie Crash in 2005 was made with $6.5 million and overtook even Brokeback Mountain at the Oscars. This movie is one of two movies in history that won an Oscar without even being nominated for the Golden Globe awards. The Director kept the cost of the movie low by shooting a lot of it from his own house and his car. Another cool movie to win the Oscars is The Hurt Locker which was made with a budget of $15 million. However, it did not make much money at the box office. But, at the Oscars, it was a clean sweep and took over of The Avatar’s win. The remarkable thing about the movie is that it was directed by Kathryn Bigelow, who was James, Cameron’s ex-spouse, who won against him at the Oscars.

Movies like Marty from 1955, It happened One Night from 1934, On The Waterfront from 1954, and One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest from 1975 are some of the all-time favourite Oscar winners. These movies might be old, but their big awards say more about their quality than their budgets do. Some of the industry’s biggest stars started with these movies like Jack Nicholson did and shot to fame overnight, all thanks to their will to give a small budget movie a chance. These movies are classic examples of why little money does not necessarily mean less quality. Talent precedes the ability to spend money, and these movies prove just that. Today, as the television and film industry expands, there is more focus given to Web-movies that are small budgeted and providing significant returns too. From where we are witness, the ability for talented movie makers to make their break has arrived in full splendour.


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