Fantastic films and where to find them
Wondering where you can watch the Oscar winning films in India?
The Academy Awards - aka the Oscars - are truly a celebration of excellence in cinema. This year, with its recognition of world cinema beyond English language films, has once again strengthened that notion. But these awards also work as film recommendations for many of us.
With so many movies made and released across the world, it can be difficult to keep track and pick out the best. And let's face it, life is too short to invest time on bad films.
So, we thought we'd make it even easier for the cinephile in you, by compiling a list of the films that rocked the 92nd Academy Awards and where to find them.
Parasite has become such a pop-culture phenomenon following its Oscar sweep, we're sure that even laymen with no interest in Korean cinema is claiming to have been awed by the film. We are also sure a large population is clueless as to where to find it. The film won not only the coveted Best Picture award, but also snatched the awards for the Best Director, Best International Feature Film and the Best Original Screenplay. If all these awards were not enough, it also won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
As of now, this sardonic and thrilling commentary on inequality in Korean society has not made it to any streaming site in India, but it's in theaters all across India. So if you want to be part of the Parasite-mania, rush to your nearest theatre ASAP.
This delectable and heartfelt dramedy is one of the very best 2019 had to offer. Loosely based on his own experience with divorce, director Noah Baumbach stitches a tale of love, marriage, loveless marriage and a heart-wrenching divorce with his trademark quirky dialogues. The performances too, are nothing short of powerhouses. Laura Dern, who played the stiletto-wearing, perfectly coiffed, tough-talking divorce lawyer representing Scarlett Johansson's Nicole, picked up the Oscar for the Best Actress in Supporting role. ScarJo and Adam Driver also got nominated for the Best Actress and Best Actor categories.
But if you had to watch it right now to avoid FOMO, head straight up to Netflix on your smart TV or laptop or phone. Yes, this film was released exclusively on Netflix in India and hopefully will remain there forever -- as will the ~feels~ that this film gave us.
The Clown Prince of Crime did it again. After Heath Ledger won a posthumous Oscar for his breathtaking turn as Joker in The Dark Knight (2008), this time Joaquin Phoenix grabbed the Best Actor award for his hypnotic turn as Arthur Fleck. Todd Philips' Joker courted controversy even before anyone saw Phoenix apply a smear of red lipstick or frolic on those steps in the Bronx.
A lot of critics feared that the film would incite gun violence, glorify mental illness, or be a rallying cry for incels. But unfounding those, the film went on to become the highest-grossing R-rated movie ever made and led the Oscar nominations with 11 nods, including Best Picture.
But to find Mistah J, you have to go to YouTube town and buy/rent it. One could also do the same on Google Movies or Apple TV+.
Sam Mendes' seemingly one-shot war saga was a favourite to be the Best Picture till Parasite snatched it at the last moment. But despite missing out on the top accolade, 1917 still won three Oscars for visual effects, cinematography and sound mixing. A cinematic feat to say the least, 1917 follows two British soldiers during the first World War, who have received the impossible orders to cross over into enemy territory to deliver a message that could potentially save 1,600 of their fellow comrades. The entire film follows these two soldiers in one single gloriously crafted continuous shot.
As of now, you can't watch this masterpiece at the comfort of your home, but you can surely head over to the closest theatre to catch this stunning feat.
One Upon a Time in Hollywood:
Tarantino's 9th film is a madcap alternate-history film with "multiple storylines in a modern fairy tale tribute to the final moments of Hollywood's golden age." Tarantino pulled off a casting coup in making Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Dakota Fanning and freaking Al Pacino in the same film. And the result was 10 nominations at the 92nd Academy Awards with Best Production Design award and Brad Pitt picking up his first Golden Man for acting.
To watch this delectable piece of brilliance, head out to Prime Video, which is currently streaming this in India. Alternatively, you can also rent/buy the film on YouTube and Google Movies.
The year is 1945 and 10-yeard old Jew-hating Jojo is a young boy is living in Nazi Germany with his mother Rosie. Fascist Adolf Hitler happens to be jingoistic Jojo's imaginary best friend. But this Hitler isn't the villainous Hitler we know, instead this one is supportive but buffoonish. This satirical film shows how even the children can fall prey to propaganda and director Taika Waititi does a brilliant job handling it with humour, but staying away from trivialising it. It received six nominations with Taika winning in the Best Adapted Screenplay award.
This one too, is running in your nearest theatre. So get out and catch Jojo Rabbit before it dashes away.