Oscar Winning Movies That Didn’t Turn a Profit

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25. Mighty Aphrodite (1995)
> Award: Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Mira Sorvino
> Estimated production budget: $15 million
> Domestic box office gross: $6.7 million

Mira Sorvino’s performance in this Woody Allen comedy — frequently referred to as a “minor” film by critics — earned the actress her sole Oscar.

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24. Spirited Away (2001)
> Award: Best Animated Feature
> Estimated production budget: $19 million
> Domestic box office gross: $10.1 million

Originally released in Japan, “Spirited Away” failed to gross its production budget in the U.S. and Canada. Still, the film has a strong following with 97% of critics and 96% of audience members giving it favorable reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.

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23. Girl, Interrupted (1999)
> Award: Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Angelina Jolie
> Estimated production budget: $40 million
> Domestic box office gross: $28.9 million

Angelina Jolie’s award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role was this 1999 drama’s only Academy Award. The film received mixed reviews, with just over half of critics liking it on Rotten Tomatoes.

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22. Rango (2011)
> Award: Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
> Estimated production budget: $135 million
> Domestic box office gross: $123.5 million

Along with “Spirited Away,” Rango is one of two films that didn’t turn a profit that won Best Animated Feature Film of the Year at the Oscars. The movie had an exceptionally large reported budget of $135 million.

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21. Ed Wood (1994)
> Award: Best Makeup, Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Martin Landau
> Estimated production budget: $18 million
> Domestic box office gross: $5.9 million

Tim Burton’s “Ed Wood” received rave reviews from critics in addition to its two Academy Awards. Yet it grossed less than a third of its production budget in the U.S. and Canada.