The best Oscar winners on Amazon Prime Video
VOD News | On 24, Feb 2017
It’s always tough to work out which subscription VOD service is better: Netflix UK, Amazon Prime or NOW TV? One way to judge it is to look at how many award winners are on each. So, while we prepare to watch the 2017 Oscars online, we rummage through the streaming line-up to see which Academy Award victors are available to watch.
Amazon, impressively, already boasts several from recent years, including Room, Spotlight and The Hateful Eight. But the quality of its line-up goes back several years, all the way to classics such as Apocalypse Now.
Here are the top Oscar winners on Amazon Prime Video:
Room – Best Actress (2016)
Brie Larson is remarkable in Lenny Abrahamson’s moving adaptation of the 2010 book, which manages to take the horrifying story of a woman and her son kept trapped in a room and turn it into an uplifting, heartwarming drama.
Spotlight – Best Picture (2016)
This Oscar-winning drama about the Boston Globe’s investigation into childhood abuse at the hands of Catholic priests in the early 2000s is understated, gripping, important viewing.
The Imitation Game – Best Adapted Screenplay (2015)
The story of Alan Turing breaking the Enigma code gets tinkered with for this precisely-written biopic, but Benedict Cumberbatch’s performance as the mathematical genius, supported by Keira Knightley and an excellently-realised WWII setting, makes this Academy Award-friendly drama a compelling watch.
The Hateful Eight – Best Original Score (2016)
Quentin Tarantino’s latest is a return to form the director, an anti-western that delivers a surprisingly seasonal message about the negative consequences of the divides that have defined American society for centuries – not to mention the most disturbing rendition of Silent Night you’ve ever seen.
Dallas Buyers Club – Best Actor (2014)
Matthew McConaughey puts in an Oscar-winning performance in this moving true tale of one man’s fight against AIDs – and the pharmaceutical industry’s lack of treatment for it. Jared Leto impresses even more as his friend, Rayon.
The King’s Speech – Best Actor (2011)
Tom Hooper’s Oscar-winning drama sees Colin Firth’s learn to overcome his stammer with the help of Geoffrey Rush’s therapist. Their chemistry makes this a hugely watchable drama.
The Hurt Locker – Best Picture (2010)
Kathryn Bigelow’s film about a bomb disposal officer made a star of Jeremy Renner, but its real achievement was conveying the adrenaline rush of being in the middle of combat – a constant state of tension that leaves Renner’s soldier wanting more.
The Young Victoria – Best Costume Design (2010)
From an object of a royal power struggle to her romantic courtship and legendary marriage to Prince Albert, Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada) gives a stunning performance as the young Victoria.
Apocalypse Now – Best Picture (1980)
Capt. Willard is sent into Cambodia to assassinate errant US Col Kurtz – one of the army’s most decorated officers. When Willard and his team reach his compound, though, he questions his orders to terminate the colonel’s command.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – Best Original Screenplay (2005)
Charlie Kaufman returns with another mind-bendingly inventive and unconventional romance, starring a heart-breaking Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet.
Interstellar – Best Visual Effects (2015)
What’s the secret to interstellar travel? Christopher Nolan can’t decide if it’s gravity, love or something else entirely in this muddled sci-fi epic, which stars Jessica Chastain, Sandra Bullock and Matthew McConaughey, but the visuals and world-building on display are undeniably beautiful to witness.
The Pianist – Best Actor (2003)
This moving and haunting story of survival is based on concert pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman’s memoirs. Escaping deportation, the musician is left behind in the Warsaw ghetto and forced to hide in empty flats to evade capture while scavenging for food.