Award season ended with its usual Hollywood bang last night, at the 86th Academy Awards, with some utterly fan-bloody-tastic movies in the nominations list as usual. However, as so often is the case, we MEAN to watch all these movies in the cinema when they come out, but somehow often don't get the chance. Time slips on, and suddenly years have past and you realise that you are going through your life without seeing some of the best movies ever made. Criminal.
Well, worry no more, Netflix have a list of Oscar winning movies as long as your arm to choose from, so you officially have no more excuses not to have seen some of the greats out there.
Here's a selection of some of the best below:
1 - The Iron Lady (2012)
Ah Meryl, she simply can't do wrong, can she? She must have an awards case the size of a small farm at this stage. This subtle and nuanced portrait of Margaret Thatcher earned her a best actress Oscar, for the THIRD time no less. Some woman.
2 - The Help (2011)
In 1960s Jackson, aspiring writer Eugenia Phelan (Emma Stone) rocks a lot of boats when she begins interviewing Aibileen Clark about her life as a housekeeper. Stone is brilliant in this, but it was Octavia Spencer who nabbed the Oscar, winning best supporting actress for her role as housekeeper Minny Jackson.
3 - The Usual Suspects (1995)
Five unacquainted crooks team together to pull of a heist, although things get complicated when an underworld kingpin named Keyser Söze gets involved - with no one actually knowing WHO exactly this Keyser Soze is. If you haven't seen this one already somehow, cancel your evening plans. Immediately.
4 - The Square (2013)
This Netflix original documentary received an Academy Award this year for it's in depth portrayal of the Egyptian Revolution. As two governments topple, the personal stories of the freedom fighters involved unfold in this incredible and inspiring tribute to the power of citizenship. A must-see.
5 - Forrest Gump (1994)
One word - 'Jennnnnyyyy'.
6 - Annie Hall (1977)
This is probably the original romantic comedy, Woody Allen's 'Annie Hall' won four Oscars back in 1978, and it still proves a great watch. Don't be put off by 'romantic comedy 'either - this one is for the lot of ye.
7 - Capote (2005)
The movie that earned the late Philip Seymour Hoffman his Oscar. He played flamboyant writer Truman Capote during his time of writing his masterwork "In Cold Blood." A truly amazing performance, tragic there won't be any more like this from him.
8 - Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Can you believe this movie was sixteen years ago? Tom Hanks and his men must find the lone survivor in a family of four men who went to war. Features epic scenes from the Normandy invasions, and is just out and out one of the best War movies ever made. There - I said it.
9 - Fargo (1996)
Never mind the accolades this one got, trust me, you need to watch it for the MinneSOta accents alone.
10 - The Godfather (1972)
Look, you can even watch The Godfather here too! Now that is an offer you CAN'T refuse. Yeah, don't worry, I'm getting me coat...