Hollywood’s biggest night is quickly approaching – the 87th Academy Awards. On Sunday, Feb. 22, the winners for all 24 categories will be named and awarded with the coveted Oscar. “Birdman” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” are at the front of the Oscar race, with nine nominations each. Meanwhile, “The Imitation Game” is close behind with eight.
Movie lovers may have already watched all the buzzed about films of the year, but that doesn’t mean they can’t appreciate past Academy Award winners. Over 35 previous Oscar winning films are available to stream on Netflix right now. Check out the list below (in year order):
1. “Gentleman’s Agreement” (1947)
“Gentleman’s Agreement” starred Gregory peck and Dorothy McGuire. The Elia Kazan directed film was nominated for eight Oscars, but only won three – Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress and Best Director.
2. “All About Eve” (1950)
“All About Eve” was nominated for a whopping 14 Academy Awards. The film won six Oscars – Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Costume Design – Black-and-White, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Sound Mixing.
3. “High Noon” (1952)
Grace Kelly and Gary Cooper starred in this 1952 western. The film won Academy Awards for Best Actor, Best Film Editing, Best Music – Scoring and Best Music – Song.
4. “The Greatest Show on Earth” (1952)
Directed and produced by Cecil B. DeMille, “The Greatest Show on Earth” won an Oscar at the 25th Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Story. The film received nominations for Best Director, Best Film Editing and Best Costume Design, Color.“
5. “Marty” (1955)
Directed by Delbert Mann, “Marty” was nominated for eight Academy Awards. The movie took home an Oscar for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Writing -Screenplay.
6. “The Apartment” (1960)
Shirley MacLaine and Jack Lemmon starred in the 1960 comedy-drama “The Apartment.” Written, produced and directed by Billy Wilder, the film won at the 33rd Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Writing – Original Screenplay, Best Film Editing and Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White.
7. “Cleopatra” (1963)
The Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton film was nominated for nine awards, but only won four – Best Cinematography – Color, Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design – Color and Best Special Effects.
8. “Patton” (1970)
The Franklin J. Schaffner film won 7 Academy Awards – Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Film Editing, Best Sound, Best Art Direction and Best Actor. The Best Actor award went to George C. Scott, who became the first actor to refuse to accept the award because it was “demeaning.” Scott reportedly called the award show a “two-hour meat parade.”
9. “The French Connection” (1971)
Directed by William Friedkin, the thriller was the first R-rated movie to win an Academy Award for Best Picture after the MPAA film-rating system went into effect in 1969. “The French Connection” also took home an Oscar for Best Actor, Best Director, Best Film Editing and Best Adapted Screenplay.
10. “Ordinary People” (1980)
“Ordinary People” starred Donald Sutherland and Mary Tyler Moore. The film, directed by Robert Redford, won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Writing – Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor.
11. “Terms of Endearment” (1983)
James L. Brooks directed, produced and wrote the screenplay for “Terms of Endearment. The film received 11 Academy Award nominations, and won five –Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Writing Adapted Screenplay.
12. “Rain Man” (1988)
Directed by Barry Levinson and Mark Johnson, “Rain Man” took home an Oscar for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director and Best Writing – Original Screenplay.
13. “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” (1988)
The live-action/ animated film won an Oscar for Visual Effects at the 61st Academy Awards.
14. “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991)
Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins made history by starring in what’s considered to be the first “horror film” to win an Oscar for Best Picture. The film also won Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Director.
15. “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” (1991)
The “Terminator” sequel took home four Oscars at the 64th Academy Awards – Best Cinematography, Best Make Up, Best Sound, Best Sound Editing and Best Visual Effects.
16. “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” (1992)
Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins and Keanu Reeves starred in Francis Ford Coppola’s “Bram Stoker’s Dracula.” The film won three Academy Awards – Best Costume Design, Best Sound Editing and Best Makeup.
17. “Forrest Gump” (1994)
Tom Hanks and Robin Wright starred in “Forest Gump” in 1994. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, the film was nominated for 13 Academy Awards, but only won six – Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Director, Best Writing – Screenplay, Best Film Editing, Best Effects – Visual Effects.
18. “Pulp Fiction” (1994)
Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, “Pulp Fiction” starred John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson and Uma Thurman. Tarantino and Roger Avary took home an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.
19. “Pocahontas” (1995)
The animated Disney film won two Academy awards – Best Musical or Comedy Score and Best Original Song for “Colors of the Wind.”
20. “Sense & Sensibility” (1995)
The British-American period drama was directed by Ang Lee and starred Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Kate Winslet and Hugh Grant. The film was nominated for 7 Academy Awards, but only won one – Best Writing - Adapted Screenplay.
21. “Fargo” (1996)
Before it was an award winning TV show on FX, “Fargo” was a 1996 movie. The Coen Brothers film was nominated for seven Academy Awards, and won two – Best Actress and Best Original Screenplay.
22. “Emma” (1996)
The period film, based on Jane Austen’s novel of the same name, starred Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeremy Northam and Alan Cumming. The film won an Academy Award for Best Original Score.
23. “The English Patient” (1996)
Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, William Dafoe and Kristin Scott Thomas starred in this Anthony Minghella directed film. At the 69th Academy Awards “The English Patient” was nominated for 12 awards, of which they won nine. The movie took home an Oscar for Best Picture, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Director, Best Film Editing, Best Original Score and Best Sound.
24. “Jerry Maguire” (1996)
Cameron Crowe wrote, directed and produced “Jerry Maguire.” The film, which starred Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Renée Zellweger, was nominated for five Academy Awards, but only won one. Gooding Jr. accepted the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.
25. “Good Will Hunting” (1997)
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck wrote the screenplay and starred in “Good Will Hunting.” The duo won an Academy Award for Best Writing – Original Screenplay. Robin Williams also picked up an award for Best Supporting Actor.
26. “Life is Beautiful” (1997)
Roberto Benigni wrote, directed and starred in “Life is Beautiful.” At the 71st Academy Awards the movie won an Oscar for Best Music, Best Dramatic Score, Best Foreign Language Film and Best Actor.
27. “Shakespeare in Love” (1998)
Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes starred in the John Madden directed film. The movie was nominated for 13 Academy Awards at the 71st show, and took home seven – Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Original Musical or Comedy Score and Best Original Screenplay.
28. “The Prince of Egypt” (1998)
The Dreamworks animated film won an Oscar for Best Original Song for the hit “When You Believe.”
29. “American Beauty” (1999)
Kevin Spacey and Annette Bening starred in the Sam Mendes directed “American Beauty.” The movie won five Oscars – Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography.
30. “Boys Don’t Cry” (1999)
Hillary Swank starred in Kimberly Peirce’s dramatized real-life story of trans man Brandon Teena. Swank won an Oscar for Best Actress for her portrayal of Teena.
31. “Tarzan” (1999)
The Disney animated film won an Academy Award for Best Music, Original Song for Phil Collins’ “You’ll Be In My Heart.”
32. “Almost Famous” (2000)
Directed, produced and written by Cameron Crowe, “Almost Famous” bombed at the box office. However, the film did win an Oscar For Best Original Screenplay.
33. “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” (2000)
The Ang Lee directed film was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, but only took home four – Best Foreign Language film, Best Art Direction, Best Original Score and Best Cinematography.
34. “Black Hawk Down” (2001)
Josh Hartnett, Eric Bana and Ewan McGregor starred in the Ridley Scott directed war film. The movie won an Oscar for Best Film Editing and Best Sound Mixing.
35. “Bowling for Columbine” (2002)
Michael Moore’s documentary on the 1999 Columbine High School Massacre won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. He used his acceptance speech to oppose the invasion of Iraq.
36. “The Hours” (2002)
Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep and Julianne Moore starred in this 2002 British-American drama. Kidman won an Oscar for Best Actress.
37. “Mystic River” (2003)
Clint Eastwood’s 2003 mystery, which starred Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Baon and Laurence Fishburne, won two Oscars at the 76th Academy Awards – Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor.
38. “There Will Be Blood” (2007)
Daniel Day-Lewis starred in this 2007 drama based on Upton Sinclair’s 1927 novel, “Oil!” The film won two Oscars – Best Actor and Best Cinematography.
39. “The Duchess” (2008)
Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes and Hayley Atwell starred in this 208 British-American drama. The film won an Academy Award for Best Costume Design.
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