International Oscar Showdown 2006 — Crash vs Tsotsi

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The 78th Academy Awards winners for Best Picture and Best International Feature Film were Crash and Tsotsi

“That was toilet.”

Poster for the movie Crash
Poster for the movie Crash
Paul Haggis’s Crash

Crash dummies

Opening gambit

Subverting expectations

Bad to worse

A scene from Crash in which Christine sobs in the arms of her hero, Ryan, who also happened to sexually abuse her earlier
A scene from Crash in which Christine sobs in the arms of her hero, Ryan, who also happened to sexually abuse her earlier
Probably the worst scene in the worst film

Thug life

Poster for the movie Tsotsi
Poster for the movie Tsotsi
Gavin Hood’s Tsotsi

Badfellas

Product of environment

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Children sleeping in pipe sections in Tsotsi

Retrospective result

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