15 Oscar Winning Movies Which Should Be On Your Watchlist

Right now, while we're all stuck at home, watching new movies, series or documentaries seems like a great way to pass our time. Disney+ Hotstar, Amazon Prime, Netflix and also these streaming services, seem to have become our buddies. Now, if you're giving break to the fluff rom-coms for a while and looking to explore great pieces of work in the film industry, you've got it.  

Here are 15 Oscar-winning films you must watch during the quarantine.

Netflix

Marriage Story

A tale of a couple going through the struggles of their marriage, this film shows the latter parts of a bitter relationship and how sometimes love isn’t all that’s needed to hold up a marriage. 

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Lady Bird

Hilarious, poignant and oh so beautifully written; Ladybird is a story of a budding adolescent striving to get out of her home town and shell in order to explore her future. With 41 major nominations and 13 awards, nominations this is a recommendation for all those who left for their college life or are about to soon.

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Darkest Hour

A portrayal of Winston Churchill in one of the most gruesome, aggressively honest and excellent forms, this movie is an eye-opener. From makeup to costumes to acting and dialogues, it is truly a masterpiece.

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Period. End of Sentence.

A compelling, short documentary on a group of women in the corners of India, “Period. End Of Sentence.” Brings the stigma and taboo present around menstruation to the forefront. Go through the documentarian Zehtabchi’s journey as she introduces pads to a huge group of women who have never had the knowledge or the luxury to afford them.

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Argo

Based on a true story, Argo is a film about the extraction of American refugees’ captive in Tehran in a dramatic, slap-stick yet utterly serious kind of way. Dubbed as a movie producer, the exfiltration specialist conducts his secret service towards his government in this thriller.

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Amazon Prime

Little Women (2019)

Strong performances, thought-provoking dialogues and excellent cinematography are only some elements which describe this film. Directed by Greta Gerwig, this movie is a modern and strong presentation of the classic book “Little Women”.

Parasite

When Parasite entered the cinemas, it shook the viewers to the core with its apt representation of classism and how differently the world works for the rich and poor. What elevates this classist divide in the movie are the witty visuals, it will surely leave your stomach in knots and leave you wanting more all at once.

P.S.: The foreign language really isn’t a hurdle when you actually start watching the movie.

A Star Is Born

Giving a feeling of old cinema, a pure and realistic portrayal of love and companionship and just a feel-good story this movie is about the journey of Ally who falls in love with a struggling musician Jackson. He coaxes her to grow into a sensation while battling his own alcoholism and failure. 

No, it's not like Aashiqui 2, it’s much better. 

Room

An intense drama film based on a novel written by Emma Donoghue, The room shows a woman who has been held captive for 7 years with her 5-year-old son who was born in captivity. It celebrates parenting and the unbreakable bond you always, subconsciously have with your parents.

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Mildred Hayes, a local of the small town of Ebbing is devastated with the rape and murder of her daughter. More than that, she is enraged and this is her way of finding the culprit, dealing with her daughter’s loss and dealing with her anger at the failing administration of the town. 

Bohemian Rhapsody

The story of an icon, a person who was far ahead of his time and a pop musician loved by all, Bohemian Rhapsody is a must-watch if you enjoy quality rock music. Following the journey of the legendary rock band “Queen” and the personal life of Freddie Mercury, as they rise to stardom up to their final performance at Live Aid.

Coco

Pixar has definitely raised the bar for animated movies with this one. Coco is a beautiful coming of age animated film with bits of realities of life mixed with drama, magic and love. It is a story is of a boy who is in pursuit of his passion but is held back by his family and his own doubts of being as great as his idol (who is actually his great-great-grandfather). Much loved by people in their 20s and 30s, you must watch it. 

The Shape Of Water

Guillermo Del Toro (the movie’s director) is known to always create a sense of provocative magic and charm with special effects in all his movies and this one is no less. Simple yet intricate, The Shape Of Water is something you must watch purely for the fantasy, magical realism portrayed in every shot and for the love of cinema.

Bao

Excellently narrated, this movie teaches the art of letting go. In China, bao symbolizes harmony. It also is a form of food. What’s best about the movie is how powerfully packed its lessons are. Deeply meaningful and full of surprises, this one will surely leave you speechless.

The Favourite

A wonderfully produced, hilarious period drama, The Favourite shows the Queen and her royal household’s ridiculousness. It highlights emptiness, love, sacrifice, strength, all with a coat of humour and wit.

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