Oscar nominees you can see on Netflix

Be ready for all the inside-industry zingers Jannes Francathaway will throw at you.

Every year, February provides us with a special opportunity to worship two very different Gods: one is a strange sort of rodent-priest, and the other is an anatomically ambiguous statuette: Oscar. Like Punxsatawny Phil, Oscar is a frivolous God, but in order to know when he has Titanicked us, we need to watch some movies. But how, when tickets are expensive and time, like Tom Cruise, is short? The answer, of course, is Netflix – and whether you want to catch up with the actual nominees or see the films that paved their way, Brokelyn’s guide has you covered.

Along with information about which movies are available on disc and which on demand, we’ve compiled a complementary set of Oscar-nominated films from previous years – all of which are available for instant viewing and thus at no cost if you (or your roommate) has a Netflix account. Enjoy!


The Social Network
Netflix status: Available on DVD
Also, tryNetwork (Nominated for ten Academy Awards in 1977)

Netflix status: Available on DVD
Also, tryEternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Best Original Screenplay, 2004)

The Kids Are All Right
Netflix status: Available on DVD
Also, tryHannah and Her Sisters (Best Picture Nominee, 1986)

Toy Story 3
Netflix status:
Available on DVD
Also, tryThe Iron Giant; or Up (Best Picture Nominee, 2010)

Winter’s Bone
Netflix status: Available on DVD
Also, try: Bubble (Nominated for Best Director at the 2007 Independent Spirit Awards – “the hipster’s Oscars”).


The King’s Speech
Instead, tryHenry V (Nominated for three Academy Awards in 1989). Kenneth Branagh also had to deal with the looming presence of an iconic speech in his adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic, and through sheer force of ego he managed to pull it off.

The rooster abides.

True Grit
Instead, tryStagecoach (nominated for seven Academy Awards in 1940). John Ford’s classic helped solidify, if not establish, almost all of our ideas about what a Western should be, and it was also the movie that made John Wayne – the original Rooster Cogburn – a star.

The Fighter
Instead, tryOn the Waterfront (Nominated for ten Academy Awards in 1955). You know what’s realer than Boston? Hoboken. And do you know what’s sexier than Mark Wahlberg and more intimidating than Batman (or vice versa)? Marlon Brando.

Black Swan
Netflix status: Unavailable
Instead, tryThe Red Shoes (Best Picture Nominee, 1949), or An American Werewolf in London (Best Makeup, 1982), or The Swan Princess (cruelly shut out in 1994). If you were awed by the overwhelming style of Black Swan, trust in Martin Scorsese and check out The Red Shoes. If, on the other hand, you love to be freaked out, try An American Werewolf in London. And if you hate self-destruction but love childhood and Swan Lake, The Swan Princess is also available.

127 Hours
Netflix status: Unavailable
Instead, tryTouching the Void (Nominated for a Best British Film BAFTA in 2004). In both films people, are bound to things they should not be bound to, and in the end a personal triumph is achieved, but at great cost. For a good time call: someone else.


While none of the 2011 Best Picture nominees are available to watch instantly, several notable movies nominated in other categories are, including…

I Am Love (Nominated for Best Costume Design)
Exit through the Gift Shop (Nominated for Best Documentary)
Restrepo (Nominated for Best Documentary)
Dogtooth (Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film)
Alice in Wonderland (Nominated for Best Visual Effects; Best Costume Design; Best Art Direction)


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