Folks, it seems like we never run out of movies to recommend to you. We're grateful for that (just see our movie list page for evidence A through Z). And seeing as Oscar season is close upon us, we decided to compile a special list of strictly past Best Picture nominees for you to stream.
Scroll through our rundown of these phenomenal films to help get you into the swing of award season.
12 Years a Slave
The recipient of nine nominations from the Academy, 12 Years a Slave stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northrup, a New York-born African-American man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery twenty years before the start of the Civil War. The iconic film is streaming now on Hulu.
Nominated five times at the 85th Academy Awards, Quentin Tarantino's eighth feature stages a spectacular antebellum revenge fantasy bolstered by a strong set of performances from Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson. Available to stream now on Netflix.
The Green Book
This is one of those rare movies that will make you laugh and cry in the same watch. The Green Book co-stars Mahershala Ali as musician Don Shirley and Viggo Mortensen as his driver/security Tony Lip—real-life road buddies traveling through the tumultuous South who formed such a special friendship they made an Oscar-winning movie about it. The Green Book is available to stream now on Hulu.
Hell or High Water
David Mackenzie's neo-Western bank-heist-thriller stars Jeff Bridges as a Texas Ranger on the hunt for a pair of bank-robbing brothers (played by Chris Pine and Ben Foster) desperate to save their family farm from bankruptcy. Nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Now on Hulu.
The King’s Speech
The King's Speech stars Colin Firth as the stuttering king of England who enlists the help of a speech pathologist (played by Geoffrey Rush) to help untie his tongue. Nominated for twelve Oscars—the most of 2011—the film took home four. Directed by Tom Hooper. Now available to stream on Amazon Prime.
Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig's Oscar-nominated solo directorial debut, borrows heavily from Gerwig's own childhood growing up in Sacramento, California. Featuring an excellent cast including Gerwig, Timothèe Chalamet and Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird was one of the toasts of the 2017 awards season. Catch it on Netflix.
Lost in Translation
Sofia Coppola and Bill Murray's first team-up netted each of them Oscar nods—for director and actor, respectively. A darkly witty comedy, set in Japan, Lost in Translation features a particularly melancholy Murray—chock full of post middle-aged ennui—as an aging A-lister sleepwalking his way through a commercial gig in Toyko. Streaming now on Amazon Prime.
Master and Commander
Peter Weir's late-period tour de force, Master and Commander stars Russell Crowe as the captain of the HMS Surprise, a British naval ship on the hunt for a French frigate on the far side of the world. The film was nominated for a total of ten Oscars, including Best Picture. Streaming now on Amazon Prime.
The 2016 Best-Picture winner, Barry Jenkin's Moonlight remains one of most critically acclaimed films of the millennium. Featuring the first all-black cast to win the top prize, Moonlight is the coming-of-age story of Chiron, played by Trevante Rhodes, who reckons with growing up gay with a drug-addicted mother in a poor Miami neighborhood. Available now on Netflix.
Tom McCarthy's 2015 Best Picture-winning drama is a riveting account of the Boston Globe's investigative efforts to uncover rampant sex crimes in the Massachusetts Catholic Church. Stars Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams as the Globe reporters who helped break the story. Now streaming on Netflix.