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 live , we rummage through the streaming line-up to see which former Academy Award victors are available to watch.
From All About Eve to La La Land, here are the top Oscar winners available on Netflix UK:
La La Land (Best Director, 2017)
“City of stars…”
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.
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.
Bowling for Columbine (Best Documentary, 2003)
Michael Moore’s powerful documentary about the 1999 Columbine High School massacre is important, provocative and tragically still relevant.
Bridge of Spies (Best Supporting Actor, 2016)
How do you make a Steven Spielberg film starring Tom Hanks better? Hire Mark Rylance. This underplayed war flick about a lwyer defending an anti-American in court boils down to a riveting two-hander. Thrillingly simple – and simply riveting.
To Kill a Mockingbird (Best Adapted Screenplay 1963)
Gregory Peck is on charismatic form in this iconic adaptation of Harper Lee’s novel, as lawyer Atticus Finch defends a black man in the Depression-era South against false charges of rape.
Hacksaw Ridge (Best Editing, 2017)
Andrew Garfield delivers a superbly heartfelt performance in this moving film about WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa but refused to kill people.
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.
Out of Africa (Best Score, 1986)
Meryl Streep is on Oscar worthy form in Sydney Pollack’s drama about Karen Blixen, a strong-willed woman, who runs a coffee plantation in 1914 Kenya with her philandering husband.
Pulp Fiction (Best Adapted Screenplay, 1995)
Quentin Tarantino’s second film is considered by many to be his best. The fact that this paragraph could simply be a list of quotes is testament to just how witty, intelligent and, despite its many imitators, instantly recognisable it is.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (Best Cinematography, 1970)
Paul Newman as Butch and Robert Redford as Sundance make this classic story of these Wild West outlaws as funny as it is flashy. The performance of Burt Bacharach’s Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head, complete with bicycle, seals the deal.
Cinema Paradiso (Best Foreign Language Film, 1990)
A young boy’s fascination with the images at the Cinema Paradiso turns into a deep love for filmmaking 30 years later. His ambition is encouraged by the theatre’s projectionist, Alfredo, in Giuseppe Tornatore’s moving masterpiece, a tribute to romance as well as a love letter to the big screen.
Sense & Sensibility (Best Adapted Screenplay (1996)
Ang Lee’s take on Sense and Sensibility features a stellar script from Emma Thompson, who also joins an impressive cast that includes Kate Winslet, Tom Wilinson, Hugh Grant and – most importantly – Alan Rickman in a hat as Colonel Brandon.
Titanic – Best Picture (1998)
“I’ll never let go, Jack!” With Leonardo DiCaprio a dead cert to win an Oscar this year (finally) for his grizzle work in The Revenant, relive his baby-faced turn in James Cameron’s epic romance – and appreciate it from an entirely new angle, now that Kate Winslet has (finally) agreed that there was enough room on the raft at the end.
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.”
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.
Shakespeare in Love (Best Actress, 1999)
“Strangely enough, it all turns out well.” “How?” “I don’t know. It’s a mystery.”
Slumdog Millionaire (Best Picture, 2009)
Who wants to be a millionaire? Pretty much everyone in the slums of Mumbai, apparently. Everyone, that is, except for Jamal (a breakout turn from Dev Patel). But it’s this impoverished Indian answering the infamous fifteen questions. One away from the jackpot, he is arrested for fraud and savagely interrogated. How does someone like him know the answers? Danny Boyle’s uplifting fable is an eye-opening rush of raw cinematic verve.
Les Miserables (Best Actress, 2013)
Do you hear the people sing? You soon will do after Tom Hooper’s fabulously heart-breaking adaptation of the stage musical. The decision to record the cast singing live on set made headlines when the movie was first released – and you’ll understand why when you hear Anne Hathaway’s understated I Dreamed A Dream. Once you’ve stopped crying, that is.
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.
Son of Saul (Best Foreign Language Film, 2016)
The directorial debut of filmmaker László Nemes, Son of Saul is an unflinching depiction of the Holocaust that is like nothing you’ve ever seen. The film follows Saul Ausländer, a member of the Sonderkommando, the Jewish prisoners forced to assist in the day-to-day operations of the Nazi concentration camps. While at work, he recognises a body as that of his son and begins a quest to give the boy a proper burial, away from the flames. Unfolding in a string of audacious tracking shots, the result is a harrowing, gripping and powerful experience.
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.
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.
All About Eve (Best Picture, 1951)
Anne Baxter and Bette Davis are on astonishing form in this Hollywood drama about Hollywood, which sees aspiring actress and Machiavellian conniver Eve Harrington manoeuvre her way into the life of Broadway star Margo Channing, and ultimately eclipse her. Bubbling with fire, fury and a ferocious understanding of how fame, obsession and showbiz work, this winner of six Academy Oscars is a stone cold classic.
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.