Oscar night, also known as the Academy Awards, is a night eagerly awaited every year. We impatiently wait for the red carpet, the nominations, and the announced winners and honored films! Why not enjoy award-winning movies with friends and family on a cozy night in? Among the many award-winning films, the following six are some of my favorites. Also, they are available on Netflix. Check them out.
Take a look at these award-winning movies, and add your favorite ones to your must-watch list!
The Pianist (2002)
History/Drama – 2h 28 min.
With a rating of 8.5/10 rating on IMDb, The Pianist, released in 2002, has won 3 Oscars. Starring Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, and Frank Finlay, The Pianist, directed by Roman Polanski, revolves around a Polish-Jewish musician who struggles to survive during World War II. Spilzman loses contact with his family and is forced into the Warsaw Ghetto.
Aside from winning three well-deserved Oscar awards, the movie was nominated 74 times and won 57 awards.
Les Misérables (2012)
Musical/Drama – 2h 30 min.
Released in 2012, Les Misérables is an epic period musical directed by Tom Hooper and starring Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russel Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, and many more! The movie is based on the renowned French novel Les Misérables by Victor Hugo (1862). The story sets in the 19th century, where a prisoner called Jean Valjean, is hunted by Javert, a policeman, after breaking parole. He agrees to care for a factory worker’s daughter. But how will this decision impact his life?
The movie has won a total of three Oscars and 85 awards and was nominated 177 times. So, if you are into musicals, you should watch Les Misérables as soon as possible!
The Imitation Game (2014)
Historical/Drama – 1h 54 min.
Based on a true story, The Imitation Game, directed by Morten Tyldum, takes place during World War II. The plot is about Alan Turing, an English mathematical genius. He tries to crack a German Enigma code with the help of other fellow mathematicians while dealing with his private life. The movie features Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch, Matthew Goode, Mark Strong, and more.
The Imitation Game got 165 nominations and won 49 awards and an Oscar.
Drama – 1h 51 min.
With more than 250 nominations, 228 wins, and 3 Oscars, Moonlight is one of the movies you can't miss! Directed by Barry Jenkins and starring Naomie Harris, Mahershala Ali, Trevante Rhodes, Andre Holland, and more, Moonlight has been recognized as one of the most influential movies of the 21st century.
Based on an unpublished autobiographical play, the movie chronicles the young African-American main character through his childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood stages. He discovers his identity and sexuality and struggles to deal with his surrounding environment.
Marriage Story (2019)
Comedy/Drama – 2h 16 min.
The movie, directed and written by Noah Baumbach, centers around a theatrical director and his actress wife. They are living through a difficult divorce that tests them to their limits. Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver, as well as Laura Dern, Julia Greer, and others feature in the film.
The film was nominated 275 times and won 128 awards, including one Oscar. It is one of the few films that genuinely depicts the battle of divorce between two individuals, including the ups and downs and all in between. Be careful you'll get emotional!
Psychological/Thriller – 2h 2 min.
One of the most well-known recent award-winning films is The Joker. You probably heard of it or have seen it. But if you didn't already, then you should!
The narrative of The Joker, as the title suggests, focuses on a mentally disturbed stand-up comedian working as a clown who finds himself on a downhill spiral that leads to the creation of an iconic villain. Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, and many others star in this movie.
The Joker was nominated 239 times and won 122 awards and two Oscars.