While being recognised by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is not the be-all end-all when it comes to cinema, you can’t deny that the Oscars recognise and celebrate some truly excellent films.
An eclectic mix of movies and TV series are becoming available on streaming service Netflix next month (see here for more), and among what’s on offer is a number of Oscar nominees and winners – some of which were out as recently as last year:
When Harry Met Sally – 1st November
You may have forgotten that what may be the most famous rom-com ever was an Oscar nominee for Best Screenplay. The laugh-out-loud funny and touching story about two friends who gradually start to develop feelings for one another is super re-watchable – and if you haven’t seen it yet, get on it already!
Black Hawk Down – 1st November
This war drama directed by Ridley Scott and starring Josh Harnett, Ewan McGregor, Sam Shepard and Eric Bana among others won Oscars for Best Film Editing and Sound and was nominated for Best Director and Cinematography. The film is based on the true story of catastrophic raid in the Somali capital Mogadishu undertaken by elite American troops in 1993.
Elle – 1st November
This critically acclaimed and intense thriller about a businesswoman trying to track down the man who raped her was a huge critical success last year. Directed by Paul Verhoeven (Robocop, Total Recall, Basic Instinct, Starship Troopers), it saw Isabelle Huppert win a Golden Globe for her performance but she lost out on the Oscar to Emma Stone.
La La Land – 8th November
Speaking of Emma Stone’s Oscar win, the beloved musical that earned her that coveted award is also available on Netflix from next month. The film sees her and Ryan Gosling respectively play a struggling pianist and actress trying to make the big time in LA. The movie swept up at last year’s Oscars, winning 6 Oscars out of its 14 nominations.
In the Line of Fire – 8th November
This Clint Eastwood starrer is one of the older entries on the list but a classic nonetheless. Haunted by his failure to protect John F. Kennedy, Secret Service agent Frank Horrigan is determined to not let a psychopathic assassin named Mitch Leary – played brilliantly by John Malkovich – take out this president.
Girl with a Pearl Earring – 12th November
Based on the novel by Tracy Chevalier and inspired by the painting of Johannes Vermeer, this romantic drama stars Colin Firth as Vermeer and Scarlett Johansson as a peasant maid working in his house. This is one to check out if you’re in the mood for a film of visual splendour, as reflected by its Oscar nominations for cinematography, art direction-set direction and costume design.
Steve Jobs – 21st November
Michael Fassbender hasn’t had a hit in ages, but back in 2015, he was nominated for the Best Lead Actor Academy Award for playing the title role in Steve Jobs. Many believe he should have won the prize. Directed by Danny Boyle and written by Aaron Sorkin, the film boasts an impressive cast which also includes Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels and Katherine Waterston.
Hacksaw Ridge – 22nd November
Another war epic based on a true story, Hacksaw Ridge won two technical awards at last year’s Oscars and earned Andrew Garfield a nomination in the Best Lead Actor category. Garfield plays an American army medic during World War II who refuses to kill people or to even carry a firearm or weapon on the battlefield. Be warned though: the film is much gorier than you’d expect.