Netflix as a streaming platform has been in more demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. Binge worthing Series, movies, and documentaries have grabbed people’s attention worldwide. Well, if you are not a series binge watcher but a passionate movie streamer this is the right place for you. Here we have a list of amazing Oscar-winning movies which will definitely be worth watching for you.
Director: Barry Jenkins
Writers: Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney
Cast: Trevante Rhodes, Ashton Sanders, Jharrel Jerome, Naomie Harries, Mahershala Ali, Janelle Monae, and Andre Holland
Oscars Won: Picture, Adapted Screenplay, Supporting Actor (Ali)
The 2017 winner of the Best Picture Oscar, Moonlight is a stunning cinematic achievement that is equal parts coming-of-age story and coming-out story. The movie has three sections each focusing on a different stage of the life of a young black man named Chiron. We see how the events of his life shaped him into the man he became, from his drug-addicted mother to his benevolent but criminal father figure to his first experiences coming to terms with his sexuality. The movie’s direction is praiseworthy so is the actor’s performance. Moonlight is acknowledged as one of the finest movies of the 21st century.
2. Inglourious Basterds
Director/Writer: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Mélanie Laurent, Daniel Brül, Diane Kruger, Eli Roth, Michael Fassbender, Til Schweiger, B.J. Novak, and Mike Myers
Oscars Won: Supporting Actor (Waltz)
The film Inglourious Basterds is a war film. It tells an alternate history story of two plots to assassinate Nazi Germany’s leadership, one planned by Shosanna Dreyfus (Laurent), a young French Jewish cinema proprietor, and the other by a team of Jewish American soldiers led by First Lieutenant Aldo Raine (Pitt). The movie received good critics response. Inglourious Basterds opened internationally at number one in 22 markets on 2,650 screens, making $27.49 million. It is packed with violent action scenes, is unrestrained, and thoroughly entertaining.
Director: Lenny Abrahamson
Writer: Emma Donoghue
Cast: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen, and William H. Macy
Oscars Won: Actress (Larson)
Room is a drama movie that is an adaptation from a novel of the same name. It stars Brie Larson as a woman who has been held captive for seven years and whose 5-year-old son was born in captivity. The boy experiences the outside world for the first time as they escape from captivity. Initially, after the release, the movie did not do well at the box office collection. However, it received a positive response from the critics and received many accolades thereafter.
Director/Writer: Spike Jonze
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, and Chris Pratt
Oscars Won: Original Screenplay
Her is a 2013 American science-fiction romantic-drama film. The movie shows how the lead finds solace in an AI and eventually falls in love with her. The portrayal of human emotions, the need of a friend, an understanding partner is beautifully described in the film. Joaquin Phoenix delivers a phenomenal lead performance, and Scarlett Johansson is magnificent in the voice role of Samantha. You will be definitely be touched to the core of your heart and be overwhelmed until the end of this movie. Give it a watch over the weekend!
Director/Writer: Christopher Nolan
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Ken Watanabe, Michael Caine, Cillian Murphy, Tom Hardy, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Oscars Won: Cinematography, Visual Effects, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing
Inception is a science-fiction action film by a renowned filmmaker Christopher Nolan. To the tune of $828.3 million at the box office and multiple Oscar nominations, audiences and critics alike responded enthusiastically, and thus a new classic was born. Leonardo DiCaprio plays a professional thief who steals information by infiltrating the subconscious of his targets. Inception has an intriguing storyline and also one of the most exciting endings. This movie is one of a kind!
6. The Social Network
Director: David Fincher
Writer: Aaron Sorkin
Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Armie Hammer, Max Minghella, Rooney Mara, and Rashida Jones
Oscars Won: Adapted Screenplay, Original Score, Film Editing
The Social Network is a masterpiece of a biographical drama film. Its portrayal of the founding of the popular social networking site Facebook by Mark Zuckerberg to tell a much larger story about what happens when the people running the world’s largest companies are barely out of college. The Oscar-winning score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross is an all-timer, the actors are magnificent, and the storyline flawless. The film lost Best Picture and Director to The King’s Speech, which is egregious, but it doesn’t make the movie any less incredible.
7. The Theory of Everything
Director: James Marsh
Writer: Anthony McCarten
Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Charlie Cox, Emily Watson, and David Thewlis
Oscars Won: Actor (Redmayne)
The movie The Theory Of Everything is a biographical drama about the theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking. The film beautifully describes and focuses on Hawking’s early years at Cambridge University and then how he strove to work through his illness. While Eddie Redmayne is great in an Oscar-winning performance, accompanied by Felicity Jones as Hawking’s wife and partner Jane and choosing to frame the story through the eyes of their relationship. The movie has emotions in a right amount supported by composer Jóhann Jóhannsson’s incredible, Oscar-nominated score.
Director: Jonathan Demme
Writer: Ron Nyswaner
Cast: Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Jason Robards, Mary Steenburgen, and Antonio Banderas
Oscars Won: Best Actor (Tom Hanks), Best Original Song
Philadelphia is a legal drama movie which released in 1993, the film stars Tom Hanks as a senior associate at a large law firm. He keeps his AIDS diagnosis and sexuality both hidden from his partners. It’s strange yet commendable that such megastars were tackling AIDS, homophobia, and homosexuality in the early 90s when the hot-button topics were still considered too taboo for many “movie stars.” Hanks won his first Oscar for his work in the film, followed by his second Oscar a year later in Forrest Gump.
9. The Departed
Director: Martin Scorsese
Writer: William Monahan
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen
Oscars Won: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing.
The Departed is a crime drama movie. The plot has an Irish mob boss Francis “Frank” Costello (Nicholson) who plants Colin Sullivan (Damon) as a mole within the Police Department; simultaneously, the police assign undercover state trooper William “Billy” Costigan (DiCaprio) to infiltrate Costello’s crew. The movie was a big critical and commercial success.
Director: Gus Van Sant
Writer: Dustin Lance Black
Cast: Sean Penn, Emile Hirsch, Josh Brolin, Diego Luna, James Franco
Oscars Won: Best Actor, Best Original Screenplay
Milk is a biographical film based on the life of gay rights activist and politician Harvey Milk, who was the first openly elected gay person to public office in California. The film was released to much acclaim and earned numerous accolades from film critics and guilds. The major praiseworthy elements included Penn’s performance, Van Sant’s directing, and the film’s screenplay.