The Oscar-winning films to stream now

Ellie Goodman

24 March 2022

From classic cinema to modern masterpieces, grab your popcorn and settle in with these award-winning flicks available to stream right now

24 March 2022 | Ellie Goodman

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wards season is officially upon us. With the gongs for the Golden Globes and BAFTAs already handed out, stars are preparing to slip into their finery for the big one: the Oscars. Which means now is the perfect time to look back at some of the winners of Oscars past. Luckily, thanks to the myriad streaming services at our disposal, it’s easier than ever to get stuck into a great movie.

From Francis Ford Coppola’s classic gangster flick The Godfather, and Ang Lee’s epic adventure Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, to Korean thriller Parasite and this year’s best picture favourite The Power of the Dog, here’s our guide to the best Oscar-winning films to stream at home.

 
 

12 Years a Slave (2013)

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video, Netflix
Directed by: Steve McQueen
Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt

Leading man Chiwetel Ejiofor picked up a BAFTA for his performance as Solomon Northup, a free Black man from upstate New York who is abducted and enslaved in the antebellum United States. This poignant retelling of an incredible true story follows Northup’s twelve-year ordeal as he struggles against the odds to survive and retain his dignity. Supporting actress Lupita Nyong’o took her first Oscar for her emotive portrayal of Patsey in the film – which won best picture at the Oscars, BAFTAs and Golden Globes in 2014.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

Where to watch: Netflix
Directed by: Ang Lee
Starring: Michelle Yeoh, Chow Yun-fat, Zhang Ziyi, Chang Chen

This romantic action-adventure set in 19th-century Qing dynasty China saw director Ang Lee sweep best director wins at the Golden Globes and BAFTAs, and took the awards for best foreign language film at the Oscars, BAFTAs and Golden Globes. The film, which follows a young Chinese warrior on the run with a mysterious man after stealing the prized blade of a renowned swordsman, also picked up accolades for its costume design, original score and cinematography.

 
 

The Father (2020)

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video
Directed by: Florian Zeller
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman, Mark Gatiss, Olivia Williams

Anthony Hopkins won his second Oscar (and a BAFTA) for his performance as an octogenarian Londoner succumbing to dementia in Florian Zeller’s The Father – becoming the oldest winner of a competitive acting category at age 83. Appearing opposite Olivia Colman, in the midst of his mental decline, Hopkins’s character tries to make sense of his changing circumstances, questioning his loved ones and his fading memories, losing his grip on reality and rejecting his daughter’s attempts to care for him. This moving and mysterious drama also picked up a BAFTA and Oscar for best adapted screenplay.

The Godfather (1972)

Where to watch: Now TV
Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Diane Keaton

50 years on from its release, Francis Ford Coppola’s seminal gangster flick still regularly tops best films lists, having picked up best picture gongs at the Oscars and Golden Globes, with Marlon Brando also taking the awards for his portrayal of mafia boss Don Vito Corleone and Coppola himself winning best director. The first of the Godfather trilogy, the film sees the patriarch of a powerful crime family in post-war New York City hand over control of his empire to his reluctant youngest son. What ensues is a clash of values between father and son, and a violent feud between the city's Five Families of organised crime.

 
 

Jojo Rabbit (2019)

Where to watch: Disney+
Directed by: Taika Waititi
Starring: Taika Waititi, Scarlett Johansson, Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie

Taika Waititi’s satirical WWII drama, about a young German boy in the Hitler Youth, Jojo, whose idiotic imaginary best friend happens to be the country’s infamous dictator, picked up an Oscar and a BAFTA for best adapted screenplay in 2020. On the brink of the Third Reich’s demise, Jojo is shocked to find that his single mother is harbouring a young Jewish girl in the attic of their home and struggles to reconcile his feelings toward an emerging friendship with his heavy indoctrination in this touching comedy.

Life of Pi (2012)

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video, Disney +
Directed by: Ang Lee
Starring: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan

A film adaptation of Yann Martel’s best-selling novel was said to be impossible. Not for director Ang Lee, who won an Oscar for his visually stunning rendition, which also took awards for its cinematography, musical score and striking visual effects. The critically-acclaimed fantasy-adventure drama follows a young Indian man who survives a shipwreck en route to Canada, only to find himself castaway on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger.

 
 

Nomadland (2020)

Where to watch: Disney+
Directed by: Chloé Zhao
Starring: Frances McDormand, David Strathairn

Frances McDormand won a third Oscar for her portrayal of a woman in her sixties who embarks on a sojourn through the American West, living a nomadic existence after losing everything in the Great Recession. Nomadland won best picture at both the Oscars and BAFTAs in 2021, earning double directing accolades for Chinese filmmaker Chloé Zhao.

Parasite (2019)

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video
Directed by: Bong Joon Ho
Starring: Song Kang-Ho, Choi Woo-shik, Park So-dam, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong

The first foreign language film to take the Oscar for best picture, Korean comedy-thriller Parasite follows the tale of the Kims, a destitute family who, through luck and a few underhand moves, hustle their way into jobs at the home of the wealthy Park family in an attempt to escape their financial woes. Director Bong Joon Ho picked up another Oscar for his masterful examination of greed and class discrimination in South Korea, with the picture also winning best foreign film at the BAFTAs, Oscars and Golden Globes.

 
 

The Power of the Dog (2022)

Where to watch: Netflix
Directed by: Jane Campion
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, Kodi Smit-McPhee

Having already picked up BAFTAs for best picture and best director, Netflix’s The Power of the Dog is leading the pack at this year’s Oscars with a whopping twelve nominations, including best leading actor for Benedict Cumberbatch, and supporting actor nods for Dunst, Plemons and Smit-McPhee. Set in mid-1920s Montana, the film follows charismatic, yet volatile, rancher Phil Burbank who – wrestling with his own past – ruthlessly torments his brother’s new wife and her son, until he finds himself vulnerable to the possibility of love.

The Queen (2006)

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video, Netflix
Directed by: Stephen Frears
Starring: Helen Mirren, Michael Sheen, James Cromwell, Sylvia Syms

Dame Helen Mirren won an Oscar, a BAFTA, a Golden Globe and a SAG award for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in Stephen Frears’s biographical drama, which also scooped up best film at the BAFTAs. Set in the days immediately following the death of Princess Diana, the film chronicles the public response – or lack thereof – of the Royal Family amongst the fallout of the tragedy and examines the role of a monarch at the close of the 20th century.

 
 

The Revenant (2015)

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, Netflix
Directed by: Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter, Domhnall Gleeson

As well as a BAFTA and a Golden Globe, Leonardo DiCaprio won his first – long overdue – Oscar for his leading role as legendary frontiersman Hugh Glass, who must use his survival skills to find his way home after being left for dead by his hunting team following a bear attack. The Revenant earned director Alejandro G. Iñárritu gongs at the Golden Globes, BAFTAs and Oscars in 2016, as well as taking best film at the BAFTAs and Globes.

Roma (2018)

Where to watch: Netflix
Directed by: Alfonso Cuarón
Starring: Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira

Set in 1970s Mexico City, Alfonso Cuarón’s touching drama chronicles a year in the life of a middle-class family’s maid. Roma swept through the BAFTAs, Oscars and Golden Globes, taking the awards for best foreign language film, while Cuarón won big for his achievements in direction and cinematography.

 
 

Roman Holiday (1953)

Where to watch: Now TV
Directed by: William Wyler
Starring: Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck

Audrey Hepburn won her first and only Oscar for her leading role in William Wyler’s romantic comedy. Costume designer Edith Head also picked up an Oscar for her work on the film, which sees Hepburn play a dissatisfied and sheltered princess who escapes her handlers and embarks on an adventure around Rome with an American journalist.

Room (2015)

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video
Directed by: Lenny Abrahamson
Starring: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Sean Bridgers

Room, based on the bestselling novel by Emma Donoghue, tells the story of Jack and his Ma, who, held captive in an isolated shed by a kidnapper, make the most of their confined existence before orchestrating a treacherous plan to escape. Brie Larson was awarded an Oscar, BAFTA, Golden Globe and SAG Award for her lead performance opposite newcomer Jacob Tremblay in this moving drama-thriller.

 
 

Schindler’s List (1993)

Where to watch: Netflix
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Caroline Goodall

Based on a true story, Steven Spielberg’s emotive historical drama won seven Oscars, including best picture, best writing and best cinematography. Set in German-occupied Poland during WWII, the film recounts the tale of Czech businessman Oskar Schindler who, amid the brutal Nazi regime, saves over 1,000 Jews from the gas chambers of Auschwitz when he turns his factory into a refuge for his Jewish workforce. Ralph Fiennes took home a BAFTA for his supporting role as a volatile SS officer, while Spielberg bagged an Oscar and a BAFTA for his direction of the picture.

Whiplash (2014)

Where to watch: Netflix, Now TV
Directed by: Damien Chazelle
Starring: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist, Paul Reiser

Winner of the best editing and sound mixing gongs at the 2015 BAFTAs and Oscars, Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash follows a promising young drummer who enrols at a top tier music conservatoire, under the instruction of a formidable tutor who relies on fear and intimidation to get the best from his students. J.K. Simmons was awarded best supporting actor at the Oscars, BAFTAs, Golden Globes and SAG Awards for his turn as the capricious instructor in this intense musical drama.

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