OSCARS® Movie Party
“La La Land,” “Moonlight,” and “Lion” are just a few of the movies expected to rake in the awards this Sunday, February 26th, at the 89th Academy Awards. What better way to celebrate the end of awards season than by revisiting the Oscar winners of the past? With nothing more than your streaming platform logins you can watch ten of the most iconic Oscar winners of the past — from action to animation and everything in between.
1. “Almost Famous”
When a teenage boy gets the chance to cover a rock tour for “Rolling Stone” he is immersed in the 70s scene of drugs, sex, and rock and roll. Kate Hudson, Billy Crudup, and Jason Lee star in Cameron Crowe’s 2001 film “Almost Famous”, bagging Best Screenplay. This coming-of-age film is chock full of great music and performances by future movie stars that aren’t to be missed.
2. “The Big Short”
Who knew the devastating housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s would make for such an entertaining film known as “The Big Short.” Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carrell, and Brad Pitt make up an all-star cast that tells the story of a few people who saw the collapse coming from a mile away. The five-time Oscar winning film isn’t any where near as dry it sounds; expect frequent comedic breaks of the fourth wall along with cameos from the likes of Margot Robbie, Selena Gomez, and Anthony Bourdain.
3. “Forrest Gump”
The Tom Hanks classic garnered six Oscars at the 1995 ceremony and gifted us much wisdom about boxes of chocolates and the classic, “Run, Forrest, run!” line. Be prepared to fall for Forrest’s boyish charm, view a truly great performance from Sally Field, and get to know Robin Wright before she identified as Claire Underwood.
4. “The Hurt Locker”
In the age of rising feminism and where women’s marches abound, there’s no better way to celebrate than by watching “The Hurt Locker”. The film that awarded the first woman, Kathryn Bigelow, the Academy Award for Best Director. The Jeremy Renner starring Iraq War set film also took home five other awards at the 2010 ceremony. Stream this film if you’re in the mood for non-stop action and two hours of near constant anxiety.
5. “An Inconvenient Truth”
With the frequently fluctuating and out-of-season temperatures, Al Gore’s lauded environmental documentary seems to be more fitting now than ever. Tune in to “An Inconvenient Truth”, 2007’s Best Documentary winner for a fascinating peek into Gore’s global warming lecture circuit and be prepared to be faced with many an inconvenient truth.
6. “Inside Out”
Last year’s Best Animated Feature Film also happens to be one of Pixar’s best films to date. The film takes place mostly inside the head of an eleven-year-old girl, where her emotions — including anger, disgust, and joy — are personified and voiced by the likes of Amy Poehler and Mindy Kaling. A relatable film for anyone who has emotions, “Inside Out” is a delightful choice for the whole family.
Three notes and the world was never the same. The oldest and, arguably, most iconic on this list, “Jaws” took home 3 Oscars in 1976. With spring break fast approaching and summer not far behind, there’s no better time to remind yourself of all the horrors the ocean holds.
Sylvester Stallone’s boxing masterpiece was awarded three Oscars in the 1977 ceremony including the coveted Best Picture. With a recognizable sound, second only to “Jaws,” the film is sure to have you out of your seat and cheering as Rocky takes on Apollo Creed in a boxing match for the ages. Who knows, you may even break out into an “Adriannnnn!” too.
With attacks of the press running rampant it helps to be reminded of some of the very real news that journalists uncover. This particular group of journalists at “The Boston Globe” worked tirelessly to discover the truth behind more than fifty molestations of young boys by priests in the Boston area. With nominations for Rachel McAdams and Mark Ruffalo, “Spotlight” ended up taking home the awards for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay at last year’s ceremony.
The biggest winner on the list, “Titanic” has been back in the news recently thanks to “La La Land” scoring the same number of nominations, making the record of fourteen nominations a three-way tie along with “All About Eve.” Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio’s instant classic took home eleven awards in 1998, including Best Picture, Director, and Cinematography. As debates over whether or not DiCaprio’s Jack could have fit on the makeshift raft at the end of the film abound, take some time (just over three hours, in fact) and decide for yourself.
The 89th Academy Awards air Sunday, February 26th!
Paige Gawley is an entertainment journalist living in New York City. A cum laude graduate of Marymount Manhattan College and a current editorial assistant at the “New York Post,” Paige’s byline has appeared on Decider, MTV, and USA Today College. An avid TV watcher, Paige has a love hate relationship with Shonda Rhimes, wrote her college thesis on “Gilmore Girls,” and harbors a not-so-secret crush on Milo Ventimiglia. You can follow her @paigegawley.