With the 88th Academy Awards less than a week away, I know we’re all desperately
praying wondering if Leo’s going to win that coveted statue this time around.
Listen, I don’t care whose time it is to win, but the man was impressively mauled by a giant bear, survived, then wore it’s skin for the duration of The Revenant. Oh, and he also gashed open the stomach of a horse, ripped out it’s guts and made the carcass his very own sleeping bag. All I’m saying is… IT’S HIS TIME. For all that is holy, give the man the Oscar.
Rant aside, here are 5 Academy award nominated and winning movies worth your time, now playing on EPIX.
Won Academy Awards for: Best Cinematography, Best Sound
IMO: A heart attack, a troubled cast, cocaine binges and millions of dollars over budget. And that’s not even half of what happened on set. Making this film took nothing short of a miracle and despite all the trouble it took to finish, the movie went on to win the top prize at Cannes Film Festival and landed at No. 28 on the American Film Institute’s 1998 list of the best American movies ever made. Many people call this movie a masterpiece and it’s tough to argue otherwise.
Synopsis: This Vietnam saga chronicles the mission of Captain Benjamin Willard (Martin Sheen), a special-ops vet tasked with leading a team into the jungles of Cambodia to take out a fellow American––decorated colonel turned self-proclaimed god Walter Kurtz (Marlon Brando).
Won Academy Awards for: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing, Best Makeup
IMO: You can’t deny Braveheart is one of those movies you can watch over and over and over again. The drama, the action, the romance, those kilts…
Synopsis: When his bride is murdered by the English soldier who tried to rape her, Scottish rebel William Wallace decides to take matters into his own hands. Wallace revolts, alongside his entire family and other Scottish warriors, who all seek their freedom from the tyrannical English monarchy.
Won Academy Awards for: Best Music, Original Song, Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture
IMO: It’s a classic and it’s Audrey Hepburn.
Synopsis: Audrey Hepburn is luminescent in her signature role as Holly Golightly, a quirky New York City socialite who spends her life flitting from one wealthy beau to another. But new neighbor Paul (George Peppard) sees beneath her perfectly-accessorized exterior to the lovely, lonely girl underneath––and a timeless romantic comedy is born.
Oscar nominated for: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Achievement in Directing, Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay, Best Picture
IMO: It’s a long movie but it’s SO worth it. Leo is perfection as corrupt stock-broker, Jordan Belfort whose drug binges are widely outlandish and entertaining. You finish the movie wishing that was your life, but at the same time, you really don’t.
Synopsis: The American Dream reaches new heights in Martin Scorsese’s tale of ultimate huckster, Jordan Belfort. Belfort skyrockets up the corporate ladder in a frenzied lather of sex, drugs and most importantly, dollars.
Oscar nominated for: Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
IMO: Powerful and tense story telling on a tale of war and peace.
Synopsis: During the Georgian war in the Apkhazeti region, an Estonian village has been nearly deserted. All who remain are two men who find themselves on opposite sides of the war, and when they must take in wounded victims, the question of everyone’s beliefs is at hand.