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First Best Picture film since Rocky (1976) to win only three Oscars (they usually win four or more).
Though Sandra Bullock is well renowned for her role, she has less than 6 minutes of actual screen time throughout the entire film.
Although originally released in 2004, the film did not qualify for the following year's Academy Awards as it did not play at least one week in L.A. (as Academy Awards rules require for eligibility). When it finally opened in L.A. the following year, the film did qualify for Oscar consideration for 2005, and it went on to win the Best Picture Oscar for that year.
For the scene in which Daniel is trying to convince his daughter to get out from under the bed, director Paul Haggis directed Michael Peña, who plays Daniel, to talk to her like he would talk to a guy in a bar.
The movie was shot in 36 days.
Holds distinction for being the last Best Picture Oscar-winner to be released on VHS in the United States, and the first to be released on Blu-ray.
Sandra Bullock was so committed to appearing in this film that she bought her own plane ticket to fly to the set.
Two Koreans were intentionally cast as the "Chinese" couple to underscore the fact that most non-Asians cannot or don't care to differentiate between the various Asian nationalities and instead choose to refer to all of them (Chinese, Korean, Thai, Japanese, etc.) as "Chinese", like the characters in the movie do.
One of the things that inspired the movie was that Paul Haggis was carjacked himself.
The story of Officer John Ryan and his father comes from a piece of hate mail Paul Haggis received while he was working as a writer in the TV series Family Law (1999).
The lowest grossing Best Picture Oscar winner since The Last Emperor (1987) in 1987.
Paul Haggis had wanted Christine to drive a Lexus SUV or a similar car that reflected her social status. Since the car was to be destroyed during the accident scene, however, budget restrictions dictated otherwise and a 1992 Jeep was used instead.
Before Ryan Phillippe signed on, Heath Ledger was in talks for the role of Hansen. Ironically Ledger starred in "Brokeback Mountain," the film that lost the Best Picture Oscar to "Crash" in a controversial decision.
With only a budget of $6m for this film, director Paul Haggis had to cut the costs by using his own house for scenes and even his own car for other scenes.
The Persian couple are called Shereen and Farhad. "Shereen and Farhad" is an ancient Persian love story by various poets, with Nizami Ganjavi's being the most famous.
The Cabot house is actually director Paul Haggis's own house.
Thandie Newton was Paul Haggis' first choice for her character.
When the Oscar nominations were announced in January 2006, this film, which was the only Best Film nominee to be already available on DVD, jumped from 103 to 23 in Amazon's list of bestsellers.
As LA is such an important character in the film, Paul Haggis insisted that the film be shot there. This was despite his producers wanting to save money by filming in Toronto.
First film bought in a film festival (Toronto) to win best picture at the Oscars.
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The Yellow Mini Cooper in the garage of stolen cars is Director Paul Haggis' car.
John Cusack was the original choice for the role of District Attorney Rick Cabot, which eventually went to Brendan Fraser.
The first movie to be set primarily or entirely in Los Angeles and win a Best Picture Oscar.
Annie Proulx, author of Brokeback Mountain (2005), wrote a strong polemic against this one in the British newspaper "The Guardian", venting her disgust and disappointment that her film was beaten by Paul Haggis' at the Oscars, one of the Academy's more controversial decisions in years.
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Terrence Howard and Shaun Toub would both appear in Iron Man (2008), but again have no scenes together. Don Cheadle would replace Howard in Iron Man 2 (2010) and Iron Man 3 (2013), with the latter featuring a cameo by Toub.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger makes an appearance in the film. Not as an actor, but as the Governor of California - his photo in a frame hangs on the wall of Lt. Dixon's office (Ryan Phillippe's boss).
Lions Gate bought the distribution right to the film for $4 million at the 2004 Toronto International Film Festival.
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Kathleen York, who wrote the Oscar-nominated song "Into the Deep" for the film, makes a cameo appearance as the police officer giving the report to Don Cheadle at the officer shooting crime scene.
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The script was written in 2001.
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The movie is dedicated to the late director/producer Anita W. Addison, who was the first person to read Paul Haggis' script.
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Martin Norseman, who plays Detective Conklin (a non-speaking part), is Paul Haggis' next-door neighbor.
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The production only had 6 police cars at their disposal due to the low budget.
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The only Best Picture winner initially released before the previous year's Best Picture (2005 Best Picture, Million Dollar Baby (2004), release date was 15 December 2004 and 2006 Best Picture, this film, release date: 10 September 2004).
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The role of the TV director was originally offered to Forest Whitaker who turned it down to finish First Daughter (2004).
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Lionsgate spent $2 million to promote the film to Academy members in the run-up to the Oscars.
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Make-up artists aged Shaun Toub by about 15 years.
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Beverly Todd and Don Cheadle also played mother and son on an episode of Hill Street Blues (1981).
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William Fichtner's scenes were shot in just one day.
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A total of 130,000 screeners were sent out to AMPAS and the various guilds and critics.
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