There's a rumor circulating that the Oscar for Best Picture wasn't actually meant for The Departed. Apparently, the winner was supposed to be Little Miss Sunshine, but the person announcing the winning film, one Jack Nicholson -- who just so happened to be a star of The Departed-- decided to take matters into his own hands when he saw the actual winner.
First, you know my opinion on The Departed. And, you know my opinion on Little Miss Sunshine. And you know my opinion on the other nominated films. The best film of the year was Pan's Labyrinth. But that's besides the point. The point is, well, I don't have one. Neither Sunshine nor Departed was worty of the Oscar, so it's not a big deal. Besides, who am I to tell Jack Nicholson what to do. And the only people who know the truth are Jack, Diane Keaton, who was standing next to him on the stage, and the accountants who tallied the votes.
But, this isn't the first time there's been such a rumor. This also happened way back when Marisa Tomei won the Best Supporting Actress for My Cousin Vinny. The rumor then was that the actual winner was Vanessa Redgrave, but that the presenter, Jack Palance, was drunk, stoned, or something else, and instead of giving Ms. Redgrave's name, he just repeated Ms. Tomei's name, since she was the last nominee mentioned. This rumor's been debunked, and I think the Nicholson/Departed rumor will end up being debunked as well.
Then again, what do I know? I still think that Al Gore won in 2000.