The Academy Awards are one of the most prestigious awards in the film industry, and 2019 marked the 92nd year for the Oscars. It also marked the first time in Oscar history where more than three films received 10+ nominations. As we all stay indoors, there is no better time to catch up on these brilliant Oscar-winning films that are absolute gold.

Parasite  [2019]

This South Korean film directed by Bong Joon-ho follows members of a poor family who come up with a plan to be employed by a wealthy family. They do this by posing as unrelated and highly-qualified individuals. This brilliant film not only won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best International Feature Film at the Oscars but it also became the first film not in English to win the Academy Award for Best Picture.
Streaming on: Prime Video

The Shape Of Water [2017]

This film is a romantic supernatural film that follows the story of a mute girl Elisa who works as a cleaner at a high-security government laboratory. One day at work, the unnoticed Elisa interacts with a captured humanoid amphibian creature. Their special bond wrapped up top-secret experiments forms the crux of this film.
Streaming on: Disney+ Hotstar

Moonlight [2016]

This film is a coming-of-age drama directed by Barry Jenkins. The story follows a boy named Chiron and explores his transition from his youth to adolescence and into his early adult life. We get to witness the struggles and difficulties he faces with his sexuality and his identity. We are also shown how all the emotional abuse he endures affects him as a person. Taking about the Academy Awards, the moment this film won an Oscar will go down in history. Due to a mix-up, La La Land was announced as the winner for Best Picture and halfway through the speeches they realized the blunder and the cast of La La land handed over the Oscars to the cast of Moonlight, major LOL moment. On a more noteworthy note, Moonlight also became the first film with an all-black cast and LGBTQ-related movie to win an Oscar for Best Picture.
Streaming on: Prime Video

Spotlight [2015]

This film followed a team at The Boston Globe known as Spotlight. This team of investigative journalists dug deep and investigated a huge number of cases that dealt with systemic child sex abuse by numerous roman catholic priests. This chilling film won two academy awards and is worth the watch.
Streaming on: YouTube

Birdman [2014]

This film follows Riggan Thomson (Keaton) who is a faded Hollywood star best known for his role as a superhero called “Birdman”. We see Riggan struggling to gain his recognition as a serious actor for writing, directing, and starring in a Broadway adaptation of Raymond Carver’s short story. Apart from Best Picture, Birman also won Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Cinematography at the 87th Academy Awards.
Streaming on: Netflix

12 Years A Slave [2013]

This is a biographical period drama directed by Steve McQueen and is based on the adaptation of Solomon Northup’s slave memoir. The story follows Solomon’s life, a New York-born African-American who was kidnapped by two conmen and sold into slavery. He was forced to work on plantations for 12 years before being released. This movie won three Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actress. The Best Picture win made Steve McQueen the first black British director to win in this category.
Streaming on: Netflix, Prime Video, Zee5

Argo [2012]

This gripping film follows the story of how a CIA agent goes undercover as a Hollywood producer scouting for locations for his “sci-fi film”. This dangerous operation and ruse are launched to rescue six Americans who are stuck in Tehran during the U.S hostage crisis in 1979. This film 3 Oscars at the 85th Acadamy Awards.

Streaming on: Netflix

The Hurt Locker [2009]

This film is a war thriller that follows the events that befall a bomb disposal team in the Iraq war. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow, this film stars Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, and Brian Geraghty to name a few. The Hurt Locker was also the first movie by a female director to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards.
Streaming on: Prime Video

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