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20 Oscar-winning movies available on Amazon Prime Video

The stars of the 2017 Oscars are making their way to Amazon Prime Video this September - but there's plenty more already on there
By Ben Allen

Check out some of the best movies available to watch on Amazon Prime Video this year.

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The Hurt Locker

Kathryn Bigelow became the first ever female winner of the best director gong at the Oscars with The Hurt Locker. Set during the Iraq war, the film goes out of its way to show the psychological impact of armed combat upon soldiers, following Jeremy Renner's former US army ranger who makes the jump to the bomb disposal unit. Watch on Amazon


Moonlight

Proud owner of the best picture Oscar – and the most awkward moment at an awards show. Barry Jenkins' beautiful independent drama tells the story of a young man's life through three periods of his life, played, with incredible heart and vulnerability, by three relatively unknown actors. Mahershala Ali took home the best supporting actor award for a short-but-sweet turn as mentor Juan. Available on Amazon Prime Video from 29th September


Amour

Austrian director Michael Haneke took home the best foreign film Oscar in 2013 for Amour, his heartbreaking depiction of love and sickness in old age. The film focuses on an elderly couple Anne and Georges, whose devotion to one another is severely tested when Anne suffers a stroke which leaves her paralysed on one side of her body. Watch on Amazon


Room

Brie Larson’s measured performance as a young mother locked away underground by a sexual predator earned her the Oscar for best actress in 2016, and Lenny Abrahamson was unlucky not to bag the best director award for a deeply affecting adaptation of Emma Donoghue's Fritzel-inspired novel of the same name. Watch on Amazon


Apocalypse Now

Francis Ford Coppola followed up The Godfather parts 1 & 2 with this war epic, which starred Marlon Brando and Martin Sheen as soldiers on a mission to assassinate a renegade colonel in Cambodia. Vitorrio Storraro's breathtaking shots of south-east Asia were deemed worthy of the best cinematography trophy. Watch on Amazon

Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

While the awards didn’t quite start to flow in the headline-grabbing categories until the Two Towers, Peter Jackson’s cinematic introduction to Middle Earth still took home four statues including best cinematography and best original score. The Fellowship of the Ring doesn't have the glamorous battle scenes of the Two Towers or The Return of the King, but an extended stay in the immersive environment of the Shire alone gives this film infinite re-watchability. Watch on Amazon


Chinatown

Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway were robbed of Oscars by Art Carney and Ellen Burstyn at the 1975 Academy Awards, despite powerful performances in this sleek detective film from Roman Polanski. The film did however, bag a best original screenplay award. Watch on Amazon


Lost in Translation

A rare low-key gem that wowed Oscar voters: Sofia Coppola's romance took home best adapted screenplay in 2004, and she would have surely taken home the best director statue if it wasn't for the overwhelming dominance of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson put in stellar performances as a couple of lost souls who find themselves, and each other, in Tokyo. Watch on Amazon


The Deer Hunter

After tackling the difficult subject of the Vietnam War while the wounds were still fresh, Michael Cimino's drama was rewarded handsomely. It took home a whopping five awards including best picture, best director and best supporting actor for Christopher Walken at the Oscars in 1979. Watch on Amazon


Mad Max: Fury Road

The immersive landscape takes centre stage in George Miller's Mad Max reboot, which quite rightly bagged five awards in the unsung hero categories, including best costume design, best film editing and best makeup. Watch on Amazon

GoodFellas

Inexplicably beaten to the best picture gong in 1991 by Dances With Wolves, Martin Scorsese’s gangster classic saw some compensation with Joe Pesci taking home the supporting actor award for his role as a funny guy. Watch on Amazon


Pulp Fiction

Quentin Tarantino spins a fine yarn of interweaving crime narratives in Los Angeles, bagging a best adapted screenplay Oscar in the process. Featuring plenty of iconic performances from Samuel L Jackson, Uma Thurman and John Travolta. Watch on Amazon


The Aviator

The first of Leo’s many dead-end nominations before his triumphant success for the Revenant in 2016. His colleagues, however, were rewarded handsomely for their part in Martin Scorsese's biopic of aviation pioneer and filmmaker Howard Hughes. The film nabbed five statues in 2005, including Cate Blanchett for best supporting actress and best cinematography. Watch on Amazon


No Country For Old Men

The Coen Brothers' neo-noir western swept the board in 2008, winning best picture, best director and best adapted screenplay. There was also a best supporting actor win for Javier Bardem's chilling performance as hitman Anton Chigurh. Watch on Amazon


Manchester By The Sea

Kenneth Lonergan’s melancholic masterpiece was awarded best original screenplay earlier this year, while Casey Affleck took home the best actor statue for his moving performance as a lowly Bostonian haunted by a trauma in his past. The film finds Affleck in isolation, reluctant to re-immerse himself in society when his brother dies, leaving a teenage son in his care. Available on Amazon Prime Video from 15th September

Spotlight

This harrowing drama tracking the real life uncovering of a massive child abuse scandal in the Catholic Church took home best picture and best original screenplay award. Incredibly, remarkable performances from Mark Ruffalo and Michael Keaton seemed to have passed members of the Academy by. Watch on Amazon


A Beautiful Mind

If ever there was a film built to win an Oscar, or, ideally,  an armful of them, it was Ron Howard’s A Beautiful Mind - a biopic which tracks brilliant mathematician John Nash's (Russell Crowe) struggles with paranoid schizophrenic disorder. It had the desired effect, winning best picture, best director and best adapted screenplay. Watch on Amazon


There Will Be Blood

Daniel Day Lewis took home his second best actor Oscar for a truly remarkable turn as a ruthless oil baron during Southern California's oil boom in the late 19th century in David Thomas Anderson's epic drama. Watch on Amazon


Argo

Ben Affleck had the Academy eating out of the palm of his hand in 2013 with his historical spy drama Argo, taking home the best picture, best adapted screenplay and best film editing awards. Watch on Amazon

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Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Boldness is not always rewarded at the Oscars, but Alejandro González Iñárritu did enough to blow away Academy voters with his theatrical drama that was shot to appear one single take. He took home the holy trinity of the best picture, best director and best original screenplay awards. Watch on Amazon

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