The best Oscar winners on Amazon Prime Video
James R | On 09, Feb 2020
It’s always tough to work out which subscription VOD service is better: Netflix UK, Amazon Prime or NOW? 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 and Manchester by the Sea. Here are the top Oscar winners on Amazon Prime Video:
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
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.
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.
L.A. Confidential – Best Adapted Screenplay (1998)
Curtis Hanson’s masterful neo-noir brings period Los Angeles to stylish, gripping life, with Guy Pearce and Russell Crowe on fine form as a pair of cops drawn together by murder, a mysterious woman and the city’s seedy underbelly.
I, Tonya – Best Supporting Actress (2018)
Margot Robbie is never less than magnetic in this hugely entertaining, darkly funny sport biopic of America’s skating wild child.
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.
Guillermo del Toro’s fantasy fairytale horror is a masterpiece bursting with scares, sentiment and stunning imagination.
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.
A moral fable disguised as a thriller, Farhadi’s The Salesman is brilliant, bold cinema.
12 Years a Slave
Artist-turned-director Steve McQueen has made a name for himself for tackling difficult subjects head-on – and for doing it beautifully. 12 Years a Slave continues the first part of that tradition, but skips the second, as the director presents Solomon Northup’s horrible true story of being captured and forced into slavery with minimum fuss – and maximum power. Chiwetel Ejiofor leads an astonishing cast in a film that feels as important as it is upsetting.
Do you hear the people sing? You soon will do after Tom Hooper’s fabulously heart-breaking adaptation of the stage musical.
Searching for Sugar Man
Though he faded into obscurity in the U.S., an early ’70s musician known as Rodriguez became a huge hit in South Africa and was widely rumoured to have died. Two obsessed fans set out to learn the man’s true fate.