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Sandra Bullock was so committed to appearing in this film that she bought her own plane ticket to fly to the set.
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Paul Haggis holds the distinction of being the only person ever to write the screenplay for two consecutive Best Picture winners. He also wrote the previous year's Best Picture winner, Million Dollar Baby (2004).
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One of the things that inspired the movie was that director Paul Haggis was carjacked himself.
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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.
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With only a budget of $6 million 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.
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This was the lowest-grossing Best Picture Oscar winner since The Last Emperor (1987).
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The story of Officer John Ryan and his father comes from a piece of hate mail director Paul Haggis received while he was working as a writer on the television series Family Law (1999).
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Two Koreans were intentionally cast as the "Chinese" couple to underscore the fact that most non-Asians cannot, or do not 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.
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As Los Angeles had such an important role in the film, director Paul Haggis insisted the film be shot there, despite the producers wanting to film in Toronto to save money.
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Director Paul Haggis had wanted Christine to drive a Lexus SUV or a similar car that reflected her social status. However, since the car was to be destroyed during the accident scene, budget restrictions dictated otherwise and a 1992 Jeep was used instead.
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Before Ryan Phillippe signed on, Heath Ledger was in talks for the role of Hansen. Ironically, Ledger starred in Brokeback Mountain (2005), the film that lost the Best Picture Oscar to Crash (2004) in a controversial decision.
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The Cabot house was actually director Paul Haggis' own house.
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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 Los Angeles (as Academy Awards rules require for eligibility). When it was finally released in L.A. the following year, the film qualified for Oscar consideration for 2005, and it went on to win the Best Picture Oscar for that year.
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The movie was shot in only thirty-six days.
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The ethereal female singing that is featured in the original score was written and composed by St. Hildegard von Bingen, a 12th Century nun. A mystic, artist, healer and abbess who advised popes, her music was revolutionary, influencing the development of Western ecclesiastical music through the Reformation.
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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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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.
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This was the first Best Picture film since Rocky (1976) to win only three Oscars.
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The Yellow Mini Cooper in the garage of stolen cars was director Paul Haggis' car.
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Kathleen York, who wrote the Oscar-nominated song "Into the Deep" for this film, made a cameo appearance as the police officer giving the report to Don Cheadle at the officer shooting crime scene.
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In almost every scene, there is a symbol pertaining to Christmas.
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In the years following the release of Crash (2004), director Paul Haggis admitted that his film did not deserve to win the Academy Award for Best Picture over the much-acclaimed and respected Brokeback Mountain (2005).
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The only Best Picture winner initially released before the previous year's Best Picture (Million Dollar Baby (2004), the 2005 Best Picture, was released on December 15, 2004, and this film, the 2006 Best Picture, was released on September 10, 2004).
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The last film to win Best Picture without winning Best Director until Argo (2012) in 2013. In both ceremonies, Ang Lee won Best Director for Brokeback Mountain (2005) and Life of Pi (2012), respectively. In addition, both Crash (2004) and Argo (2012) won the same number (three each) and type of awards: Best Picture, Best Screenplay (Original for Crash (2004) and Adapted for Argo (2012)), and Best Film Editing.
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The production only had six police cars at their disposal, due to the low budget.
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This was the first film brought in a film festival (Toronto) to win Best Picture at the Oscars.
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Thandie Newton was Paul Haggis' first choice for her character.
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When the Oscar nominations were announced in January 2006, this film, which was the only Best Picture nominee to be already available on DVD, jumped from #103 to #23 on Amazon's list of bestsellers.
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John Cusack was the original choice for the role of District Attorney Rick Cabot, which eventually went to Brendan Fraser.
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Until The Hurt Locker (2008) won the Oscar for Best Film four years later, this was the lowest grossing Best Picture Academy Award winner.
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Paul Haggis and Bobby Moresco wrote the first draft of the screenplay in just two weeks.
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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 film's make-up artists aged Shaun Toub by about fifteen years.
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In the recent awards tradition, usually the movie that wins the Golden Globe as Best Picture (Drama or Comedy/Musical) ends up winning the Best Picture Oscar. This movie succeeded in winning the latter without getting a nomination as Best Picture Drama at the Globes, a rare instance. As of 2016, it remains the last film to achieve such fate.
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The film cast includes one Oscar winner, Sandra Bullock, and four Oscar nominees: Matt Dillon, Don Cheadle, Terrence Howard and Kathleen York. Dillon receieved the nomination for Best Supporting Actor for this film.
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This movie was particularly controversial when it won the Oscar for Best Picture over the more critically-favored Brokeback Mountain (2005). The Academy was accused of homophobia, especially because 'Crash' won the award without being nominated for Best Motion Picture at the Golden Globes.
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Lionsgate bought the distribution rights to the film for $4 million at the 2004 Toronto International Film Festival.
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A TV series based on the play was produced by Starz in 2008. It ran for two seasons, being truncated by the death of its lead actor, Dennis Hopper.
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This was the first Best Picture Academy Award-winning film to be released on the then newly introduced Blu-ray format.
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Annie Proulx, author of Brokeback Mountain (2005), wrote a strong polemic against this movie 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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Lionsgate spent $2 million to promote the film to Academy members in the run-up to the Oscars.
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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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Was the last Academy Award-winning film to be released on VHS in a short-print run.
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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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William Fichtner's scenes were shot in just one day.
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Is one of only two movies (the other being The Sting (1973)) to have won the Academy Award for Best Picture without having been nominated for any of the three Golden Globe Awards for Best Motion Picture (Best Drama, Best Comedy/Musical and Best Foreign Film).
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The script was written in 2001.
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As of 2018, features Matt Dillon's only Oscar nominated performance.
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Michael Peña, Don Cheadle, Terrence Howard, and Shaun Toub all have appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the latter two appearing in Iron Man (2008), but again had no scenes together. Don Cheadle replaced Howard in Iron Man 2 (2010) and Iron Man 3 (2013), with the latter featuring a cameo by Toub. Peña appeared in Ant-Man (2015) as Luis.
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Terrence Howard, Keith David and Larenz Tate all previously appeared together in Dead Presidents (1995).
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Included among the "1,001 Movies You Must See Before You Die," edited by Steven Schneider.
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One of two Best Picture Oscar winners whose title has only one syllable, the other being Wings (1927), the 1st film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1927.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger makes an appearance in the film, not as an actor, but as Governor of California. His photo in a frame hangs on the wall of Lieutenant Dixon's office (Ryan Phillippe's boss).
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A few years after the release of Crash (2004), The Hollywood Reporter polled hundreds of voters in the Academy on what votes they would recast if given the chance; Brokeback Mountain (2005) received more votes than this film.
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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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Thandie Newton and Loretta Divine, who both had roles in this film, went on to star in For Colored Girls (2010), another film about race and interconnected lives.
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The only Best Picture Oscar nominee that year to be also nominated for Best Song.
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Ryan Phillippe appeared in I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) while Jennifer Esposito appeared in the sequel I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998).
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

Though Sandra Bullock is well renowned for her role and is given top billing, she has only 5 minutes of screentime throughout the entirety of the film.
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