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.
Slumdog Millionaire 81st Academy Awards (2008)
After coming within one question of winning a game show, 18-year-old Mumbai “slumdog” Jamal is arrested on suspicion that he cheated. While in custody, he regales an inspector with tales of street life and the story of the woman he loved and lost.
Netflix rating: 4.0 – IMDB rating: 8.1
Available on Netflix UK & Ireland
The Hurt Locker 82nd Academy Awards (2009)
Kathryn Bigelow directs this gripping drama (winner of the Best Picture Oscar) following one of the U.S. Army’s elite EOD (explosive ordnance disposal) teams operating in the ferocious war zone of Iraq. As the squad identifies and dismantles improvised explosive devices and other bombs, they must also contend with the frayed nerves and internal conflicts that arise from living in constant peril. Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Ralph Fiennes, David Morse and Guy Pearce star.
Netflix rating: 3.9 – IMDB rating: 7.7
Available on Netflix Canada
The King’s Speech 83rd Academy Awards (2010)
Britain’s King George VI struggles with an embarrassing stutter for years until he seeks help from unorthodox Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue in this biographical drama that chalked up multiple Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
Netflix rating: 4.3 – IMDB rating: 8.2
Available on Netflix USA
The Artist 84th Academy Awards (2011)
Winner of five Oscars, this artful black-and-white silent film follows the romance between a silent-era superstar on a downward spiral and a rising young starlet who embraces the future of cinema at the dawn of the “talkies.”
Netflix rating: 3.9 – IMDB rating: 8.1
Available on Netflix Brazil, Mexico & USA
Did You Know?..
Emmanuelle Riva, at 85,is now the oldest best actress nominee for her role in “Amour”. The oldest nominee across all acting categories remains Gloria Stuart, who was 87 when she received a supporting actress nod for 1997′s Titanic, and the youngest is Justin Henry, who was 8 when he was nominated as supporting actor for 1979′s Kramer vs. Kramer.
Slumdog Millionaire was the first Best Cinematography Oscar winner to be predominantly shot in digital. This is also the first Best Picture Oscar winner since 1928 not to be shot on Kodak film (35mm segments were filmed on Fuji stocks).
Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win the Academy Award, the BAFTA, and the DGA for Best Director for her work on The Hurt Locker. This is also the first film to win Best Picture that was directed by a woman. Kathryn Bigelow’s Best Director Oscar statuette was presented to her by Barbra Streisand. After reading the nominees and opening the envelope, Streisand, aware of the result’s historical significance remarked “Well, the time has come” before triumphantly announcing Bigelow as the winner.
Australian actor Guy Pearce has the distinction of appearing in back-to-back consecutive Academy Award Best Picture winners: The Kings Speech and the previous year’s Best Picture winner, The Hurt Locker. Max Glickman also worked on both pictures in the camera department.
The Artist was originally shot in color, then converted to black and white. It is the first completely black-and-white film to win the Best Picture Academy Award since Billy Wilder’s The Apartment just over half a century earlier. Wilder was actually thanked three times during the Best Picture Oscar acceptance speech for this movie. The film is also the first black-and-white film to win this award since the predominantly black-and-white “Schindler’s List” eighteen years earlier. The Artist was originally shot in color, then converted to black and white.