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 2019 Oscars live , we rummage through the streaming line-up to see which former Academy Award victors are available to watch.
From Network to The Hurt Locker, here are the top Oscar winners available on Netflix UK:
Get Out (Best Original Screenplay, 2018)
“I told you not to go in that house.” Those are the words of Rod Williams (Lil Rel Howery), best friend of Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), upon hearing that his trip to meet his girlfriend’s parents has gone awry. Why? Because Chris is black and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), is white. In 2017, you might not think that would be a problem, but Get Out is a biting commentary on racism in modern society, one that delivers its point with a whip-smart blend of thrilling horror and dark humour.
Icarus – Best Documentary (2018)
This sports doping documentary is an eye-opening, endlessly surprising expose of corruption.
The White Helmets – Best Documentary Short (2017)
Netflix’s brief but powerful short is an important glimpse of heroes at work in the extremes of war.
Moonstruck – Best Actress (1988)
Cher and Nic Cage are together at last in this romantic comedy about Loretta Castorini, a bookkeeper from Brooklyn, New York, who finds herself in a difficult situation when she falls for the brother of the man she has agreed to marry.
Kramer vs Kramer – Best Director (1980)
Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay. It might be easier to count the Oscars that Robert Benton’s film didn’t win. Dustin Hoffman plays Ben, an ad man with a perfect life in New York – until his wife, Joanna (Meryl Streep), says that he’s leaving him, putting their son, Billy, and us in the middle of the fallout. This moving classic is the quintessential portrait of American divorce in the 1970s.
Mystic River – Best Supporting Actor (2004)
Clint Eastwood directs this fantastic drama, which reunites three old men whose lives were overshadows by a childhood tragedy. Sean Penn, Tim Robbins and Kevin Bacon star.
Birdman – Best Picture (2015)
Stuffed with stars and surreal beats, Iñárritu’s satirical comedy is self-indulgent, amusing and enjoyably unpredictable.
Platoon – Best Picture (1987)
Oliver Stone’s war film deserves its reputation as one of the greats.
Silence of the Lambs – Best Director (1992)
Anthony Hopkins is on iconic form as Hannibal Lecter in Jonathan Demme’s chilling, gripping psychological thriller, starring Jodie Foster as FBI agent Clarice Starling trying to track down a serial killer.
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.
The Revenant – Best Actor (2016)
Proof that Leonardo DiCaprio will go to any extreme for an award, Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s intense survival epic set on the fur-trading frontier of the 1820s sees DiCaprio’s trapper chased through the woods, battered by blizzards and mauled by a bear.
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.
Milk – Best Actor (2009)
Sean Penn stars in this biopic of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California.
Rain Main – Best Actor (1989)
Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman are on top form in this tale of a self-involved workaholic, who, angry that his inheritance has gone to an autistic brother he never knew he had, attempts to swindle it away from him. Instead, he learns a thing or two about love and compassion.
Schindler’s List – Best Picture (1994)
Steven Spielberg’s telling of the true story of Oskar Schindler, a factory owner who risked his own life to save his Jewish workforce from the Holocaust in World War, is a powerful, important masterpiece.
Fargo – Best Actress (1997)
When a car dealer conspires with dim-bulb criminals to kidnap his wife for a hefty ransom, a folksy — and pregnant — police chief is on the case.
Capote – Best Actor (2006)
Writer Truman Capote finds himself in a dance with the devil while researching the Clutter family murders for his masterwork, “In Cold Blood.”
Some Like It Hot – Best Costume Design (1960)
When two musicians accidentally witness the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, they get out of town the only way they know how – dressed as women. Never seen Billy Wilder’s comedy classic? Well, nobody’s perfect.
The Big Short – Best Adapted Screenplay (2016)
The Big Short is a patronising, awkward and uneven Oscar-winning comedy about the financial crisis. And, against all the odds, that’s a very, very good thing.
Good Will Hunting – Best Original Screenplay (1998)
Over a decade before The Town or Argo and who knew Ben Affleck could do stuff behind the camera? Working with best friend Matt Damon, he wrote the script for Good Will Hunting – a fantastic film that, thanks to a profit share agreement with Robin Williams, eventually not only got made, but also garnered a heap of Oscar praise too.
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.
Fences – Best Supporting Actress (2017)
Denzel Washington’s directorial debut, starring Viola Davis, crafts a moving drama fuelled by two powerhouse performances.
Network – Best Actor (1977)
Peter Finch is fantastic in this drama about a newsreader who just can’t take the modern news media anymore – only for his TV network to cynically exploit his ravings and revelations.