The film industry has been badly affected by the pandemic, which has shuttered cinemas worldwide and led to the postponement of major movie releases. Even as theatres have reopened in some countries, there is still some trepidation about sitting in an enclosed communal space for hours. This is where streaming platforms like Netflix provide a perfect alternative.
While Netflix may not boast all the newest blockbusters, it does offer an extensive range of award-winning titles, including original content. At the 2020 Academy Awards, it bagged an impressive 24 Oscar nominations — more than any other film studio. While only two of its films took home the honour, it was still a major accomplishment that set the stage for Netflix’s years to come at the prestigious award ceremony.
If you aren’t returning to the cinema any time soon, here are a few of the best Oscar-winning films on Netflix made available in Malaysia that you can watch from the comfort of home.
(Header image credit: American Factory/IMDB)
This Christopher Nolan-directed thriller won four Oscars at the 2011 Academy Awards for Best Sound Mixing, Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Editing and Best Cinematography.
In ‘Inception,’ Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Dom Cobb, a thief who steals corporate secrets by entering people’s dreams. When he’s assigned to implant an idea in the subconscious mind of a businessman, he embarks on an elaborate quest with a team of specialists (played by actors Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page and Tom Hardy).
The movie continues to be a fan favourite today, thanks to its intriguing plot and stellar cast.
Alfonso Cuarón’s ‘Roma’ is a Netflix original that bagged three Oscars at the 2019 Academy awards for Best Foreign Language Film, Best Director and Best Cinematography.
The semi-autobiographical film is inspired by Cuarón’s childhood and the nanny who raised him. It explores the life of Cleo, a live-in housemaid working for a middle-class family in Mexico City, and her own personal struggles with an unplanned pregnancy. The movie was critically acclaimed for its poignant narrative that merged tragedy, comedy and family drama.
‘Roma’ was originally shot in colour but edited to black and white during post-production, which added a nostalgic vibe.
Steve Bognar and Julia Reichert’s documentary ‘American Factory’ is set in post-industrial Ohio, where an abandoned automobile plant was bought over by a Chinese industrialist. Initially, the state celebrated this change because it created jobs for 2,000 unemployed Americans. However, differences in American and Chinese work cultures started to surface, resulting in internal unrest.
Backed by Higher Ground, Barack and Michelle Obama’s production company, the film showcases how the notion of freedom varies all around the world. It bagged an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature at the 2020 Academy Awards.
This story first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Hong Kong.