What is it? Rob Marshall's adaptation of the stage hit, about two unreprentant murderesses in 1920s Chicago who dream of fame and fortune in showbusiness.
Why did it win? With the Academy apparently saving The Lord of the Rings' awards for the final installment, Gangs of New York rather disappointing despite Scorsese's pedigree, it's possible that both The Hours and Pianist were too low-key to overcome the voters' nostalgia for a good ol' fashioned musical. Either that, or they were all bewitched by Catherine Zeta-Jones' sizzling turn.
Did it deserve to win? Er. Well, quite probably not. While Chicago is a perfectly good musical and a good adaptation of the stage show, maintaining the satire of the show while adding more scale to many of the numbers, it's not really on a par with films like The Two Towers, The Pianist or The Hours, or the not-nominated Road to Perdition, Spirited Away or Adaptation.
Worth a look? Maybe on a Friday night when you need something fizzy and not too demanding.