Countdown To The Oscars: Week Six – Part 1

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With the 85th Academy Awards ceremony this coming weekend, we thought we’d take you on a trip down memory lane to revisit some of those past Oscar winners, that are currently available to watch instantly on Netflix.

Million Dollar Baby 77th Academy Awards (2004)
Despondent over a painful estrangement from his daughter, trainer Frankie Dunn (Clint Eastwood, who also directs) isn’t prepared for boxer Maggie Fitzgerald (Hilary Swank) to enter his life. But Maggie’s determined to go pro — and to convince Dunn and his cohort (Morgan Freeman) to help her. This multiple Oscar winner picked up acting honors for Swank and Freeman as well as statues for Best Director and Best Picture.
Netflix rating: 3.9 – IMDB rating: 8.1
Available on Netflix Brazil & Mexico

 

Crash 78th Academy Awards (2005)
In post-Sept. 11 Los Angeles, tensions erupt when the lives of a Brentwood housewife, her district attorney husband, a Persian shopkeeper, two cops, a pair of carjackers and a Korean couple converge during a 36-hour period.
Netflix rating: 3.9 – IMDB rating: 4.0
Available on Netflix Brazil, Denmark, Finland, Mexico, Norway, Sweden & Sweden

 

The Departed 79th Academy Awards (2006)
To take down Boston’s Irish Mafia, the police send in one of their own to infiltrate the underworld, not realizing the syndicate has done the same thing. While an undercover cop curries favor with a kingpin, a criminal rises through the police ranks.
Netflix rating: 4.1 – IMDB rating: 8.5
Available on Netflix Brazil & Mexico

 

No Country for Old Men 80th Academy Awards (2007)
While hunting in the desert, Llewelyn Moss stumbles upon a drug deal gone bad and takes off with $2 million in cash. With a psychotic hit man hot on his trail, a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues.
Netflix rating: 3.7 – IMDB rating: 8.2
Available on Netflix Denmark, Finland, Norway & Sweden

 Did You Know?…
At age 74 years 272 days, Clint Eastwood became the oldest Best Director Oscar winner for Million Dollar Baby.

Crash  was the lowest grossing Best Picture Oscar winner since The Last Emperor in 1987.

The Departed is the only remake of a foreign movie (the Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs) to win an Academy Award for Best Picture.

No Country For Old Men is the second film in history to share the Best Director Oscar between two directors – Joel and Ethan Coen. The first was between Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise for West Side Story.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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