The best Oscar winners on Amazon Prime Video
Staff Reporter | On 21, Feb 2019Reading time: 3 mins
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. 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
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.
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
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.
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.