A new year means new buzz for awards season. With many of the contenders premiering over the holidays, and a few surprise hits likely to come in January and February, now is the time to think about Oscars and Globes and Emmys, oh my. And if this year's crop doesn't excite you, check out these winners from the past on Netflix this week.
Did you know that Netflix includes award information on all the streaming title descriptions? Just look for it on the right hand side while browsing.
Here are 10 past winners worth checking out a second time:
1. The Sea Inside
Javier Bardem arguably got his name in Hollywood because of this intense foreign film. It's beautifully shot and expertly crafted. Not a single moment is without emotion, which is why it cleaned up at the Oscars and Golden Globes.
2. Dances with Wolves
This movie basically WAS the Oscars in 1991. From Actor to Sound to Score to Director to Costume Design, it picked up nearly every award available — with good reason, too. It's an education in filmmaking.
3. War and Peace
Taking the time to see what got Oscar buzz in the 50s and 60s, and comparing it to today's nominees, can be an interesting experience. In this case, War and Peace did well at the Globes in 1957, but failed to even get nominated for any major awards from the Academy. However, there are some star turns here, including a stunning performance from the timeless Audrey Hepburn.
4. The Invisible War
This documentary is heart-wrenching and an absolute must see for every American. While it didn't win the Oscar, many, many critics believe it should have.
5. Forrest Gump
Much likes Dances with Wolves, the 1995 Oscars were all Forrest Gump, all the way from start to finish. Tom Hanks has never been better.
6. The Constant Gardener
While The Constant Gardener only won one Academy Award in 2006 (Best Supporting Actress for Rachel Weisz), it did rack up the BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations for the leads and director.
The only award winner appropriate for children, but adults will love it too. Martin Scorsese said he made it so his daughter could actually see one of his movies. Well, I have a feeling his daughter isn't the only one who's thankful for this departure from his traditional work.
8. The Messenger
Woody Harrelson is so underrated, it's astonishing. He's never been better than in The Messenger, which is why he earned nods from the Academy and the Globes for his role here.
9. Man on Wire
This 2009 Best Documentary Academy Award Winner is so fun, so quirky, and so touching that I watch it at least once a year.
I mean, Philip Seymour Hoffman, right? His performance is stellar, but the supporting cast is just as good.
(Image credits: Movies cited above; Netflix)