As the Academy Awards quickly approach, there is no better way to celebrate the season than a marathon of Oscarwinning films. This isn’t to say that the only decent movies out there are ones that have won one of these prestigious awards, but there is something special about enjoying a movie that almost everyone can agree on. It almost feels like a sort of camaraderie, to love something that millions of others do, too. So, in the spirit of the season, here is a handful of the Oscar winners available on Netflix. Beware: the talent may be almost too much to handle.
All About Eve (1950): This film is essentially Hollywood’s first Mean Girls, if you can believe it. We might be making a stretch there, but the relationship between run-of-the-mill Cadi Heron and the horrifyingly manipulative Regina George is strikingly similar to the one between Margo Channing and Eve Harrington. Watch this Best Picturewinner and check out exactly what we’re talking about.
West Side Story (1961): An adaptation of the Broadway musical from the 50’s, this movie, like the play, is one about love, hate, and everything in between. Not only did this win Best Picture, but it took home 10 of the 11 awards that it was nominated for in that year, and for good reason. Be prepared to laugh, cry, and sing sometimes all at once.
Terms of Endearment (1983): Nominated for 11 awards as well, this tearjerker took home five that year, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress (Shirley MacLaine), and Best Supporting Actor (Jack Nicholson). Keep the tissues near, seriously, especially if you’re watching this one with Mom.
Schindler’s List (1993): By now, you know the general story of Oskar Schindler, a German businessman who singlehandedly saved over a thousand Jews during the Holocaust by employing them in his factories. Perhaps you don’t know just how good this film is, though, if you haven’t seen it and we highly suggest you do.
Forrest Gump (1994): There is nothing to say that hasn’t been said about this film, yet each time you watch it still feels like the first time. Enjoy this Best Picture winner and Tom Hanks’ incredible performance with someone you love, or even just yourself and a box of Kleenex.
Good Will Hunting (1997): Though this didn’t win Best Picture (it was nominated and lost to, of all things to go up against, The English Patient), the late Robin Williams won for Best Supporting Actor and it was very well deserved. Matt Damon looks good and his acting is even better, and the addition of Ben Affleck makes this worth watching over, and over, and over.
Life is Beautiful (1998): Guido (Roberto Benini) loves his son, Giosue, more than life itself. As concentration camp prisoners, their bond grows stronger and eventually saves one of their lives. This literally beautiful movie is much deserving of it’s Best Foriegn Language Film, and Roberto Benigni took home Best Actor.
The King’s Speech (2010):
English fox Colin Firth stars in this winner about Prince Albert, who will shortly receive the throne from George IV, but must fix his stutter first. Geoffrey Rush plays his speech therapist, and a sweet, nearly unlikely bond forms between them. It took home three more Oscars, in addition to Best Picture that year.