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You may not remember them, but they'll never forget winning an Academy Award

You may not remember them, but they'll never forget winning an Academy Award

It's an unforgettable moment for them — even if it's quickly forgotten by most others.

"Below-the-line" Oscar winners, nicknamed for their salary rank on a movie budget, rarely earn the trumpeting enjoyed by their celebrity counterparts. That's because they're awarded for excellence in celebrity-free categories such as sound editing, film editing, set decoration and visual effects. Their brief time at the podium often plays to TV viewers like a good time for a bathroom break.

Their Oscar stories, though, are reassuringly grounded in real life, which somehow makes their win all the more magical. They're the ones who don't have publicists to script their...

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