The best Oscar winners on Amazon Prime Video
VOD News | On 02, Mar 2018
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 2018 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, Moonlight and Manchester by the Sea. 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:
Moonlight (Best Picture, 2017)
This brooding deconstruction of masculinity and profoundly universal tale of personal identity is one of the best films of 2017.
Manchester by the Sea (Best Original Screenplay, 2017)
“Do we have to talk about it now?” “No.” That’s Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) and his nephew, Patrick (Lucas Hedges), after the sudden death of his brother, Joe (Kyle Chandler). It’s a sentiment that runs rife throughout Manchester by the Sea, a spikily hilarious drama about a family dealing with the pain of grief – by refusing to deal with it
Arrival (Best Achievement in Sound Editing, 2017)
Language is essential to life. It can define a community, it can exclude outsiders, and, at its most primal, cognitive level, it can, to some degree, influence the way we think. The thought of aliens touching down on our planet, then, is a linguist’s dream. So why do so many science fiction movies brush over it? Not so with Arrival. Denis Villeneuve’s film embraces that grammatical nerdiness with intelligence and emotion, taking the logic of first contact to profound heights not seen since Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The result is one of the best films of the year – science fiction at its most thoughtful, elegant and moving.
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.
Amour (Best Foreign Language Film, 2013)
Michael Haneke’s devastating drama sees an elderly man look after his ailing wife who’s on the way out. His devotion, her deterioration and Haneke’s determination to show everything in full, drawn-out detail is as traumatic and horrible to witness as it is moving.
Lost in Translation (Best Original Screenplay, 2004)
Sofia Coppola’s bittersweet masterpiece is a touching story of two strangers connecting.
Chinatown (Best Original Screenplay, 1975)
“There’s something black in the green part of your eye.” “Oh, that. It’s a… it’s a flaw in the iris.” Roman Polanski’s 1974 film is a classic. That’s undeniable. But it feels like a classic from 30 years earlier. That’s incredible.
Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Best Original Score, 2002)
Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy got off to a stunning start with this faithful, groundbreaking adaptation of JRR Tolkein’s novel.
Goodfellas (Best Supporting Actor, 1991)
“I’m funny how, I mean funny like I’m a clown, I amuse you? I make you laugh, I’m here to fuckin’ amuse you?”
No Country for Old Men (Best Picture, 2008)
The Coen brothers’ Western, starring Josh Brolin and Kelly MacDonald, follows a Sheriff’s investigation into a psychopath’s trail of killings – and the hunter who finds himself with the killer on his tail. Tommy Lee Jones has never been better as the weary lawman nearing retirement, while Javier Bardem is chilling as the pneumatic cattle gun-wielding Anton.
A Beautiful Mind (Best Director, 2002)
Russell Crowe is on award-winning form as troubled mathematician John Nash, who agrees to take on secret work for the government helping to crack codes.
Inception (Best Cinematography, 2011)
Christopher Nolan’s mind-blowing sci-fi literally folds Paris in on itself to achieve the director’s ambitious, imaginative aims: to dissect dreams, reality and memories within the constraints of a mainstream blockbuster. The form struggles at times to keep hold of the content – and that’s exactly the point.
Rango (Best Animated Feature, 2012)
Surreal, serious and surprisingly subversive, some of Rango’s subtleties may go over younger viewers’ heads, but Gore Verbinski’s gorgeous animation and Hans Zimmer’s hilariously silly score makes for a bizarre, post-modern Western that is packed full of ideas and laughs
Training Day (Best Actor, 2002)
Antoine Fuqua and David Ayer’s Oscar-winning thriller stars Denzel Washington as a rogue detective who take a rookie (Ethan Hawke) under his wing for a 24-hour crash course in LA policing.
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 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.
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.