The Academy Awards ceremony is not only one of Hollywood’s biggest nights, but also signifies the end of the always frenetic and often inspiring award season. While we may not always agree with the winners – or even the nominees – it is certainly fun to watch the drama unfold. Almost as fun as watching the movies themselves.
But if you’re looking for some good academy award winners from years past, here are a few that you can stream for free!
One of the greatest war movies of all time, Platoon captures not only the conflict between soldiers but also the conflict that takes place within each young man who goes into battle. Surprising absolutely no one, Platoon was awarded the best picture prize at the Academy Awards.
This 1983 drama starring Shirley MacLaine and Debra Winger went home with the best picture award that year. This drama tells the story of a mother and daughter duo who don’t always see eye to eye, and what happens when tragedy strikes.
Rightfully walking away with the best original screenplay and best film editing awards, Witness stars Harrison Ford as a young detective who goes undercover in an Amish community after a young boy witnesses a horrific crime.
With Robert De Niro as the notorious gangster Al Capone and Kevin Costner as Elliot Ness, the treasury agent determined to put him away, The Untouchables is an authentic and exquisite adaptation of this classic story. Not only that, but the film won Sean Connery an academy award for best supporting actor.
Supporting actor Chris Cooper took home an Oscar for his role in this film, and it’s easy to see why. Here we see a desperate script writer, portrayed by Nicholas Cage, who has grown desperate in his quest to adapt the book “The Orchid Thief.”
The story of two troubled men who go on a quest together to search for the Holy Grail is at the center of The Fisher King. This Oscar-winning film (Mercedes Ruehl, Best Supporting Actress) is now available to stream at Freedive.
If you were to look up the term “sweeping romance” in the big book of movie clichés, you’d probably see a movie still from Legends of the Fall. Except it isn’t actually cliche, but absolutely gorgeous. So much so that John Toll took home the best cinematography award at the 1994 Academy Awards.