5 Oscar Winning Movies You Should Watch

5 Oscar Winning Movies You Should Watch

Have you ever gone to the movies and found yourself questioning why film X was worth an Oscar? Or why film Y wasn’t win one despite your undying love for it? Well, I’m going to give you a list of 5 Oscar winning movies through the years that have stood up to the test of time.

1. Parasite

Five things about Parasite, the South Korean film that took home best picture:

This is the first time a non-English language film has won best picture. (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was nominated in 2000, but lost to Gladiator.)

Parasite also won best original screenplay and best international feature. Bong Joon Ho won for both of those categories, as well as in the directing category.

In addition to Parasite’s four Oscars, two films tied for most wins with three each: Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood and Joker.

All four of Joker’s wins were on the technical side. The film also won for makeup and hairstyling, score and sound editing.

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood won three awards in total: best supporting actor (Brad Pitt), production design and costume design.

2. Call Me By Your Name

The Oscars are nearly upon us, which means your chance to see 2017’s five Best Picture nominees on the big screen is coming to a close

Call Me by Your Name (Sony Pictures Classics) will be out of theaters by March 1. The Shape of Water (Fox Searchlight) is scheduled to leave theaters on March 15. Get Out (Universal Pictures) and Darkest Hour (Focus Features) will be gone by March 29. Dunkirk (Warner Bros.) has the longest theatrical run — it’s slated to be in theaters through April 19.

If you’re hoping to catch up with the films before the ceremony, now’s the time

Horror-thriller Get Out and acclaimed gay romance Call Me by Your Name have already earned $176 million and $24 million at the domestic box office, respectively. However, The Shape of Water, Darkest Hour and Dunkirk have earned just $58 million, $56 million and $188 million domestically, respectively.

3. Roma

This year’s Academy Awards are coming up on Sunday, February 24.

In anticipation of the annual ceremony, we’re taking a look at all the nominated films and the Oscar-winning movie performances that came before them.

This list of Oscar-nominated movies includes the five most recent winners in each category. In addition to their wins, we’ll also be highlighting some of the other nominees from the past decade who lost out on an Oscar.

4. Crazy Rich Asians

There is no question that Crazy Rich Asians is a hit. The romantic comedy, based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Kevin Kwan, has made $160.8 million worldwide at the box office so far. But it’s not just a hit in terms of ticket sales — it’s breaking through barriers for Asian and Asian American visibility, representation and recognition in Hollywood.

The film has garnered countless accolades and awards since its release, including best motion picture (musical or comedy) at the 2019 Golden Globes. It’s also been nominated for three SAG awards and two Critics Choice Awards.

In addition to its success at the box office, Crazy Rich Asians has also been recognized by several media organizations, including TIME and IndieWire, as one of the best movies of 2018. Many critics have also championed director Jon M. Chu for his work on the film — he was named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People of 2019 for his “visionary talent” and advocacy for Asian representation in Hollywood

Crazy Rich Asians isn’t the first film about an Asian American story to gain critical acclaim. Here are five other films featuring Asian actors that went on to win Oscars:

5. Black Panther

Black Panther could be the first superhero movie to win a best picture Oscar.

There’s little reason to think the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science is suddenly going to go nuts and nominate Black Panther for best picture, but it’s definitely possible! You’ve got to be in the conversation to win, and Black Panther is definitely in the conversation.

It’s probably not going to happen. The Oscars are a weird thing, and best picture is a weird award, but Black Panther isn’t likely to get nominated. But if it did, what would that mean? Could it actually win?

I put these questions to my colleague Chris Plante, who has a better grasp of the ins and outs of awards season than I do. He was skeptical but optimistic — he thinks maybe! It could happen! — so I decided to take a look at what would have to happen, why it could happen, and why it probably won’t.

Could Black Panther win an Oscar?

Takeaway: It is always a good time to watch an Oscar winning movie.