Award-Winning Films That You Can Stream on Netflix
Watching films has always been a favorite past time for most people. However, playing the same movies over and over can be boring, especially if you already know every line like the back of your mind.
So if you happen to be browsing through Netflix to look for something new to stream, consider watching these award-winning films:
Forrest Gump is based on the 1986 novel of the same name. It narrates the life of Forrest Gump, a slow-witted yet kind-hearted man who witnessed and managed to influence several historical events in the 20th Century United States. The film has been recognized by many award-giving bodies including the Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role, and Best Adapted Screenplay at the 67th Academy Awards. They have also been awarded various Golden Globe Awards like Best Motion Picture Drama, Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama and Best Director – Motion Picture Drama.
Get Out is an American horror film that follows Chris as he and his girlfriend, Rose, go upstate to visit her parents for the weekend. Rose’s family is overly accommodating, and Chris sees this as an attempt to deal with his relationship with Rose. However, a disturbing truth is revealed as the weekend progresses. Many critics praised the film for its direction, acting, screenplay, and themes. The film won and has been nominated for numerous awards, among their accolades are Best Original Screenplay at the 90th Academy Awards and Best Horror Film at the 44th Saturn Awards.
Toy Story 3
In this installment of the Toy Story franchise, Toy Story 3 follows Woody and his friends as they find themselves at a day-care center right before Andy leaves for college. Thinking that they were abandoned, the toys find themselves at home at the daycare—and it’s up to Woody to convince them to return home. Toy Story 3 is just one of the many Disney Pixar films to be recognized by award-giving bodies. The film was hailed Best Animated Feature at the 83rd Academy Awards, Best Animated Film at the 37th Saturn Awards, Best Animated Feature Film at the 68th Golden Globe Awards, among others.
Set in 1823, The Revenant follows legendary frontiersman Hugh Glass who sustains injuries after a brutal bear attack. His hunting team leaves him for dead, and Glass must use his survival skills to find a way back home. Fueled by vengeance, he treks through the terrain to track down his former confidant, John Fitzgerald, who betrayed and abandoned him. Leonardo DiCaprio was recognized for his performance as Glass and was hailed Best Actor at the 88th Academy Awards. The film then went on to win numerous accolades including Best Film at the 69th BAFTAs and Best Motion Picture – Drama at the 73rd Golden Globes.
Based on true events, Argo is a historical drama that is based on The Master of Disguise by the U.S. Central Intelligence operative Tony Mendez and a 2007 article on Wired by Joshuah Bearman titled “The Great Escape: How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans from Tehran.” The film chronicles the covert operation to rescue six Americans from a hostage crisis in Iran. CIA operative Tony Mendez formulates a plan to get the Americans out of the country before they are killed. His plan was considered to be so incredible that it can only happen in films. Among their many accolades include Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Film Editing at the 85th Academy Awards.
Ratatouille is an animated film that follows the story of a rat named Remy, who dreams of becoming a chef. Fate brings Remy together with a human named Linguini. Together, they turn the culinary world of Paris upside down. The film was given the Best Animated Feature award at the 80th Academy Awards and was hailed Best Animated Film at the 65th Golden Globes and the 61st BAFTAs. They also won Best Animated Film and Best Writing at the 34th Saturn Awards.
The Social Network
The Social Network is a biographical film that features the life of Mark Zuckerberg—the youngest billionaire in history. The film chronicles the founding of social networking site Facebook and the lawsuits that follow. It managed to grab numerous awards including Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, and Best Original Score at the 83rd Academy Awards. They were also able to bag awards for Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Original Score at the 68th Golden Globe Awards.
Set in the Roman Empire, Gladiator chronicles the story of Maximus, a powerful Roman general who is loved by all—including Marcus Aurelius, the aging Emperor. Before his death, Marcus selects Maximus to be his heir over his son, Commodus, which leads to a power struggle that condemns Maximus and his family to death. The general is unable to save his family, leading to his capture and placement into Gladiator games until his death. His desire to have Commodus feel his revenge is what fuels him to rise to the top. Among their many awards include Best Picture and Best Actor (Russell Crowe) at the 73rd Academy Awards, Best Film and Best Cinematography at the 54th BAFTAs, and Best Motion – Picture – Drama at the 58th Golden Globes.
The Pianist is an adaptation of Wladyslaw Szpilman autobiography titled “The Pianist: The Extraordinary True Story of One Man’s Survival in Warsaw, 1939-1945.” It narrates the life of Szpilman, a Polish-Jewish radio station pianist who sees Warsaw change as World War II begins. Szpilman is forced into the Warsaw Ghetto before being separated from his family during Operation Reinhard. Szpilman finds himself hiding in various locations, among the ruins of Warsaw from Operation Reinhard to the release of the concentration camp prisoners. The film went on to win Best Actor and Best Director at the 56th BAFTAs, as well as Best Actor, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay at the 73rd Academy Awards.
Braveheart narrates the story of William Wallace, a Scottish rebel leading an uprising against Edward the Longshanks, who wants to take the crown of Scotland for himself. Wallace recalls those he loved who lost their lives in the name of freedom. When he loses another one of his loved one, Wallace begins his quest to free Scotland once and for all. The film won countless awards including Best Picture, Best Cinematography and Best Director at the 68th Academy Awards, Best Director at the 53rd Golden Globe Awards, and Best Cinematography at the 49th BAFTAs.
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