The best Oscar winners available on Netflix UK (2017)
VOD News | On 23, 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 live , we rummage through the streaming line-up to see which former Academy Award victors are available to watch.
From Boyhood to Whiplash, here are the top Oscar winners available on Netflix UK:
Boyhood – Best Supporting Actress (2015)
There’s something unspeakably wonderful about the fact that if you were to see Boyhood now, you would have a different reaction to it than at any other point in your life. Because Boyhood isn’t just about a boy: it’s about how life is experienced by everyone around us, from his sister to his mum and even his Redneck granddad, who gives him a loaded shotgun for his birthday. Shot over 12 years, every single character develops over the production’s lifespan – and each one triggers a personal memory unique to a person in the audience. Directed by Linklater with the same unobtrusive style as the Before Sunrise trilogy, Boyhood is less like watching a film, and more like watching life itself.
Whiplash – Best Supporting Actor (2015)
A music student determined to be the best drummer of all time (Miles Teller) is pushed to his limits by a sadistic teacher (J.K. Simmons). The result is a riveting drama that has the toe-tapping style of jazz and the exhilarating thrill of an action movie.
The Theory of Everything – Best Actor (2015)
Eddie Redmayne transforms completely for this turn as Stephen Hawking in James Marsh’s moving biopic.
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.
Birdman – Best Picture (2015)
Did you miss Birdman in the cinemas, before it won the Oscar for Best Motion Picture? Alejandro González Iñárritu’s comedy – which sees Michael Keaton play a former superhero star attempting to prove his worth as an artist by staging a theatrical production on Broadway – is breathtaking, uproarious stuff.
Django Unchained – Best Supporting Actor (2013)
Quentin Tarantino digs into his tool box of revenge once more for this Western about a freed slave (Jamie Foxx), who teams up with a dentist (the always excellent Christoph Waltz) for some gun-toting payback.
Good Will Hunting – Best Supporting Actor (1998)
When professors discover that an aimless janitor is also a math genius, a therapist helps the young man confront the demons that are holding him back.
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.”
Still Alice – Best Actress (2015)
Julianne Moore delivers a powerhouse performance in this drama about a woman diagnosed early-onset Alzheimer’s disease – and her fight not to let her condition define her.
The Fighter – Best Supporting Actor (2011)
Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg) is a boxer – not a great one, but a good one. He’s the younger brother of Dicky Ecklund (Christian Bale). Dicky’s a boxer too. He once knocked down Sugar Ray. Now he spends his days smoking crack and talking to a documentary crew. The pair’s family drama, mixed with underdog sports thrills, makes for a middle of the road movie, but the performances (including an excellent Amy Adams) give it a massive wallop of compassion.
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.
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.