5 Oscar-winning movies available on Sky Cinema right now
Feed your movie craving in the wake of the 2020 Academy Awards with Sky Cinema’s Oscar Collection.
Sky Cinema and NOW TV both have a highlight section dubbed Oscar Collections available right now, packed full of Academy Award-winning titles. They’re all worthy of your viewing time, but we’ve picked out five movies that are must-see.
Olivia Coleman’s outrageously good performance as Queen Anne - along with her co-stars Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone - made The Favourite the film of 2018. Coleman won the Best Actress award during the 2019 Academy Awards and had the room in hysterics with her down-to-earth and extremely honest speech - if you haven’t seen it, it’s a must-watch.
The film follows the life of a very sickly Queen Anne, assisted in making important decisions by her aide Sarah Churchill (Weisz). But when Sarah’s cousin Abigail Masham (Stone) arrives to start serving the Queen, things begin to take a rather competitive turn.
Expect an historical drama riddled with dark comedy, intrigue and deceit, with one or two powdered wigs thrown in here and there. It’s a guaranteed good time.
This movie is based on Ron Stallworth’s memoir of the same name, a retired American police officer who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in Colorado Springs in the late 1970s. What makes the story all the more special is, Ron was the first African-American police officer and detective to have ever joined the CSPD (Colorado Springs Police Department).
Stallworth (John David Washington) and Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), his Jewish colleague, team together to infiltrate the local KKK division and undertake an incredible undercover mission which provides the backbone to this extraordinary story.
It was nominated for six academy awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Score, Best Film Editing and Best Adapted Screenplay. It won the latter.
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse
Throwing an animated superhero movie into the mix among Oscar-winning titles might be viewed as a bold move, but we guarantee you’ll thoroughly enjoy this spectacular Spider-Man adaptation.
It won the award for Best Animated Feature Film at the 2019 awards, and also gave birth to Post Malone and Swae Lee’s dedicated title song, Sunflower, which in itself became a huge hit around the movie’s release.
It starts as you’d expect - from a spider bite. But the rest is very unorthodox for a Spider-Man film. As Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore) learns to harness his new powers and dedicates his time to protecting his city, he later meets alternate versions of Spider-Man and unites them in an epic battle to save the multiverse. Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali and Nicholas Cage also star - or at least their voices do.
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Released in 2011, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is a few years older than the titles mentioned so far in this list, but it’s too good to be left out. The film was nominated for five Oscars, winning Best Film Editing and falling short in Best Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing.
Daniel Craig stars as Mikael Blomkvist, the story’s journalist, who hires Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara), a computer hacker, to help him solve the disappearance of a woman who has been missing for forty years. Although what they unearth, they’ll wish they had left buried.
Natalie Portman’s outstanding performance saw her take home the Best Actress Academy Award in 2011, as the film was also nominated for four others. It’s also worth mentioning Portman’s acting was widely appreciated, as she also picked up the Best Actress award in the 2011 Golden Globes and BAFTAs, among others.
Portman’s character, Nina, is a ballerina who is given the chance to play Princess Odette, the White Swan in Swan Lake. But when the artistic director of the production decides Nina’s rival, Lily (played by Mila Kunis) might be a better fit for the role, she slowly begins descending into madness.