ByAngelo Delos Trinos, writer at Creators.co
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The are seen as prestigious awards handed out only to the most serious, heartbreaking and inspiring films. Yet the sometimes nominates movies that are far from that description. Some might call this thinking outside of the box, while most would just raise their eyebrows and wonder what the hell the Academy voters were thinking.

Without further ado, here are eight of the most unexpected movies to have the honor of being nominated for an Oscar.

1. 'South Park: Bigger, Longer And Uncut'

[Credit: Paramount Pictures]
[Credit: Paramount Pictures]
  • Year Of Release: 1999
  • Directed By: Trey Parker
  • Nominated For: Best Original Song

The last thing anyone would expect from the feature film adaptation of the gleefully vulgar animated satire is for it to be an Oscar nominee. And yet in 2000, South Park: Bigger, Longer And Uncut was nominated for the song , a musical number about scapegoating and parents' refusal to accept responsibility for their children's misbehavior:

"We must blame them and cause a fuss,

Before somebody thinks of blaming us!"

As per Oscar tradition, 'Blame Canada' was performed during the awards ceremony, but its profanity (and satirical attacks against Canada) were cause for concern. The late Robin Williams sung the song, which had a few lines changed to fit television standards; the F-bombs were censored by a gasping chorus.

Watch the Oscar performance of 'Blame Canada' below:

2. 'Borat: Cultural Learnings of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan'

[Credit: 20th Century Fox]
[Credit: 20th Century Fox]
  • Year Of Release: 2006
  • Directed By: Larry Charles
  • Nominated For: Best Adapted Screenplay

The mockumentary was a merciless satire of American culture that pissed off a lot of people, and to this day it stands as one of the best, or at least the funniest social commentaries ever made. Not everyone knows that Borat was based on a recurring character from the , Sacha Baron Cohen's satirical sketch comedy series that aired in his homeland of Britain, but that doesn't matter.

Except that Borat's televised origins meant the feature length mockumentary qualified for a Best Adapted Screenplay nomination. This despite the fact that much of Borat was unscripted and relied more on the unpredictable reactions of real people rather than on memorized dialogue.

Watch a patriotic crowd's reaction to Borat's version of the American national anthem below:

3. 'Click'

[Credit: Columbia Pictures]
[Credit: Columbia Pictures]
  • Year Of Release: 2006
  • Directed By: Frank Coraci
  • Nominated For: Best Makeup

has become a punchline in recent years, and the last thing anyone would expect from the critical punching bag is to have an Oscar nominated movie to his name. And yet, , the one where he gets a magical universal remote from an immortal Christopher Walken, was nominated for Best Makeup.

While aging Sandler did take a lot of hard work and effort on the part of the makeup artists, Click pales in comparison to the other movies that received the nomination, Apocalypto and Pan's Labyrinth. Guillermo del Toro's fantastical interpretation of the Spanish Civil War won the award, proving that there's more to makeup work than making the Zohan look twice his age.

Watch the trailer for Click below:

4. 'Norbit'

[Credit: Paramount Pictures]
[Credit: Paramount Pictures]
  • Year Of Release: 2008
  • Directed By: Brian Robbins
  • Nominated For: Best Makeup

Despite being deemed as one of the worst movies of 2008 and scoring seven nominations, received an Oscar nod for its makeup. In Norbit, Eddie Murphy plays three characters: the titular nerd Norbit, his overweight and obnoxious wife Rasputia, and the elderly orphanage owner Mr. Wong. These roles won Murphy the Razzies for Worst Actor, Supporting Actress and Supporting Actor.

Norbit came under fire for its backwards depiction of racial stereotypes, chief among them Rasputia, who was seen as a tired and sexist take on the big, loudmouthed African-American woman. The makeup in the movie was impressive, but no amount of it could disguise how insensitive and out of touch Norbit was.

See the creative process behind the makeup of Norbit below.

5. 'Tropic Thunder'

[Credit: Paramount Pictures]
[Credit: Paramount Pictures]
  • Year Of Release: 2008
  • Directed By: Ben Stiller
  • Nominated For: Best Supporting Actor

The raunchy and crass comedy relentlessly lampooned artists who were desperate to get an Oscar trophy, and this was best embodied by actor Kirk Lazarus (Robert Downey, Jr.). Kirk, a white Australian actor, undergoes a controversial cosmetic surgery to darken his skin (i.e. expensive blackface) for the role of Staff Sergeant Lincoln Osiris, an African-American soldier in the Vietnam War. Or as he puts it:

"I know who I am. I'm a dude playing a dude disguised as another dude."

This unapologetic parody of method acting, and the air of pretension associated with it, was seen as one of the most clever jokes in Tropic Thunder, but no one expected it to be recognized by the Academy. Some cynical observers joked that it took a white actor parodying blackface for a black character to be recognized by the Academy, while others thought that the point of the parody somehow flew over the Academy's head.

Listen to Kirk Lazarus' most famous speech from Tropic Thunder below.

6. 'Ted'

[Credit: Universal Pictures]
[Credit: Universal Pictures]
  • Year Of Release: 2012
  • Directed By: Seth MacFarlane
  • Nominated For: Best Original Song

is a heartwarming buddy comedy about slacker best friends John (Mark Wahlberg) and Ted (voiced by ), a sentient teddy bear whose priorities in life include getting high and binge-watching Flash Gordon. Seth MacFarlane's live-action directorial debut was a hit that earned a sequel and, of all things, an Oscar nomination.

'Everybody Needs A Best Friend' is a loving sendup of the cheesy theme songs of the saccharine family-friendly movies that Ted lampoons. The song itself is a nice source of good vibes, though some feel that its nomination means that the Academy voters, once again, didn't get the joke that was clearly aimed at their predictable tastes. (Sadly, the Oscars didn't recognize the 'F*ck You Thunder' song. )

Listen to 'Everybody Needs A Best Friend' below.

7. 'Fifty Shades Of Grey'

[Credit: Universal Pictures]
[Credit: Universal Pictures]
  • Year Of Release: 2015
  • Directed By: Sam Taylor-Johnson
  • Nominated For: Best Original Song

is an erotic thriller for some and a laughingstock for others, but the big screen softcore story still managed to get one Oscar nomination. Thanks to a theme song sung by , the movie based on kinky Twilight fan-fiction somehow caught the Academy's attention.

While Fifty Shades Of Grey suffered from abysmal reviews, The Weeknd (a.k.a. Abel Makkonen Tesfaye) enjoyed high praise for his single. 'Earned It' skyrocketed to the Billboard Hot 100 upon release, going as high up as number three on the list. Even if "Earned It" lost to Sam Smith's theme song for Spectre, The Weekend was more than honored to be nominated as evidenced in his Tweet below:

Listen to 'Earned It' below.

8. 'Suicide Squad'

[Credit: Warner Bros.]
[Credit: Warner Bros.]
  • Year Of Release: 2016
  • Directed By: David Ayer
  • Nominated For: Best Makeup

Task Force X's cinematic debut split audiences, leading to a heated debate between DCEU fans and casual viewers. The divide even birthed a petition to shut down the movie critic aggregating site Rotten Tomatoes over the film's negative reviews.

Given how impressive some of the makeup effects (i.e. the practical Killer Croc costume) looked, some say Suicide Squad deserved this Oscar nod, while others would beg to differ. Either way, this is still a better fate than Batman v. Superman and its seven Razzie nominations, including Worst Picture.

Watch the trailer for Suicide Squad below:

No matter what you may think of some of the movies listed above, they made it to the list of nominees for a ceremony known for honoring only the most highbrow of filmmakers. It's hard to ignore that they did something right.

Update: Believe it or not, Suicide Squad won the Oscar.

Do you think that these movies deserved their Oscar nominations? What other unlikely Oscar nominated movies do you know of? Sound off in the comments below!

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