20 Oscar-Winning Movies on Netflix Right Now
The 92nd annual Academy Awards are rapidly approaching, and the best way to prepare? Watch Oscar-winning movies on Netflix, of course.
Here, 20 films that received Hollywood's most coveted honor, currently available on our favorite streaming service.
1. The Departed (2006)
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Vera Farmiga, Martin Sheen, Ray Winstone, Anthony Anderson, Alec Baldwin, James Badge Dale
Oscars Won: Best Picture, Best Director (Martin Scorsese), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing
In this drama-thriller, the South Boston police force is waging war on Irish-American organized crime. Meanwhile, an undercover cop and a mole within the police department attempt to identify each other.
2. Moonlight (2016)
Cast: Trevante Rhodes, Ashton Sanders, Jharrel Jerome, Naomie Harries, Mahershala Ali, Janelle Monae, Andre Holland
Oscars Won: Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor (Mahershala Ali)
Moonlight follows three time periods—young adolescence, mid-teens and young adulthood—of an African-American man as he grapples with his identity and sexuality while experiencing the everyday struggles of life.
3. As good as it gets (1997)
Cast: Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Greg Kinnear, Cuba Gooding Jr.
Oscars Won: Best Actor (Jack Nicholson), Best Actress (Helen Hunt)
Nicholson stars as an obsessive-compulsive romance novelist who must break out of his shell to please the woman of his dreams (Hunt).
4. Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, Jennifer Garner, Denis O’Hare, Steve Zahn
Oscars Won: Best Actor (Matthew McConaughey), Best Supporting Actor (Jared Leto), Best Makeup and Hairstyling
In 1985 Dallas, electrician, bull rider and hustler Ron Woodroof works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is diagnosed with the disease and is frustrated by the process.
5. Inception (2010)
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Ken Watanabe, Michael Caine, Cillian Murphy, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Oscars Won: Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing
A thief who steals corporate secrets through the use of dream-sharing technology is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a C.E.O. Not to mention, he’s struggling with his own reality and the loss of his wife.
6. Room (2015)
Cast: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen, William H. Macy
Oscars Won: Best Actress (Brie Larson)
Larson plays a woman who was abducted and held captive by a stranger in a (you guessed it) room. After years of raising her son Jack in captivity, the duo are able to escape and join the outside world.
7. Amy (2013)
Cast: Amy Winehouse, Mitch Winehouse, Mark Ronson
Oscars Won: Best Documentary Feature
The doc follows the life of singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse, from her early years through her successful career and eventually to her downward spiral into alcoholism and drug-use.
8. The Duchess (2008)
Cast: Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes, Dominic Cooper
Oscars Won: Best Costume Design
Knightley plays Georgiana Spencer, Duchess of Devonshire, an infamous figure in English history known for her scandalous lifestyle and schemes to produce a male heir for her husband.
9. The Fighter (2010)
Cast: Christian Bale, Mark Wahlberg, Melissa Leo, Amy Adams
Oscars Won: Best Supporting Actor (Christian Bale), Best Supporting Actress (Melissa Leo)
Wahlberg stars as real-life boxer Micky Ward, a small-time fighter attempting to escape the shadow of his older, more successful brother (Bale), who is struggling with drug addiction.
10. Her (2013)
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson, Amy Adams
Oscar Won: Best Original Screenplay
This futurist satire follows a lonely man (Phoenix) as he falls in love with his AI assistant (Johansson) who is designed to meet his every need. Nope, we’re not kidding.
11. The King's Speech (2010)
Cast: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter
Oscars Won: Best Picture, Best Director (Tom Hooper), Best Actor (Colin Firth), Best Original Score
This period drama follows George VI (Firth), whose stutter becomes a problem when his brother abdicates the throne. Knowing that the country needs her husband to be able to communicate effectively, Elizabeth (Bonham Carter) hires Lionel Logue (Rush), an Australian actor and speech therapist, to help him overcome his stammer.
12. Lincoln (2012)
Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn
Oscars Won: Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis), Best Production Design
This period piece takes place during the American Civil War. The president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield as he fights with many inside his own cabinet over the decision to emancipate the slaves.
13. Roma (2018)
Cast: Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Diego Cortina Autrey, Carlos Peralta
Oscars Won: Best Director (Alfonso Cuarón), Best Foreign Language Film, Best Cinematography
Cuarón's autobiographical film follows Cleo (Aparicio), a live-in maid for a middle-class Mexico City family. Over the course of a year, both her life and the lives of her employers are drastically changed.
14. Rosemary's Baby (1968)
Cast: Mia Farrow, Ruth Gordon
Oscars Won: Best Supporting Actress (Ruth Gordon)
A young couple moves into an apartment only to be confronted by peculiar neighbors and strange occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins to take over her life.
15. The Theory of Everything (2014)
Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Tom Prior
Oscars Won: Best Actor (Eddie Redmayne)
The film tells the story of famous physicist Stephen Hawking (Redmayne) and his relationship with his wife, Jane Wilde (Jones). Their marriage is tested both by Hawking's academic success and his ALS diagnosis.
16. The Hateful Eight (2015)
Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tim Roth, Bruce Dern, Walton Goggins, Michael Madsen, Demian Bichir, James Parks, Zoe Bell, Channing Tatum
Oscars Won: Best Original Score
Eight curious individuals hole up in a stagecoach lodge as a winter storm blows through in this Civil War western.
17. Philadelphia (1993)
Cast: Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Roberta Maxwell
Oscars Won: Best Actor (Tom Hanks)
When a man is fired by his law firm because he had AIDS, he hires a small-time lawyer (his only willing advocate) for a wrongful dismissal suit. It’s also based on a true story.
18. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2001)
Cast: Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Sean Astin, Andy Serkis, Liv Tyler
Oscars Won: Best Picture, Best Director (Peter Jackson), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, Best Visual Effects, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Original Score, Best Original Song, Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Yup, that’s 11 total awards for this J.R.R. Tolkien adaptation. The third film in the trilogy follows a meek Hobbit and his eight companions as they set out on a journey to destroy the powerful One Ring and save Middle-earth from the Dark Lord Sauron.
19. Ex Machina (2014)
Cast: Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac
Oscars Won: Best Visual Effects
A young programmer is selected to participate in a ground-breaking experiment in synthetic intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a highly advanced humanoid A.I. Vikander plays a beautiful robot Ava.
20. Blue Jasmine
Cast: Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Peter Sarsgaard
Oscars won: Best Actress (Cate Blanchett)
When her marriage to a wealthy businessman comes to an end, New York socialite Jasmine (Blanchett) moves to San Francisco to live with her sister, Ginger (Sally Hawkins). Of course, adjusting to normal life is a difficult task.