The all-time geekiest Oscar triumphs

Recent history shows geek culture has gone mainstream.

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1978: A landmark year for geeky films at the Oscars

The '78 Oscars are best remembered as the year that "Star Wars" broke through as the first big-time sci-fi film to be nominated for Best Picture. Although "Star Wars" didn't win any of the major awards, it did rack up wins for art direction, film editing, visual effects, costume designs and original score. The 1978 Oscars weren't only geeky because of "Star Wars," of course, as Steven Spielberg got nominated for Best Director for his "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and longtime on-screen nerd Woody Allen won the Best Director statue for his work in romantic comedy "Annie Hall."

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