Caitlin Gallagher
February 22, 2017 4:49 pm
Universal Pictures

Whether you have seen every Oscar nominee this year or not, you’re probably pumped for the 2017 Academy Awards. To get yourself into the right mindset before the awards show airs on February 26th, Netflix has Oscar-nominated films for you to watch in preparation.

Sadly, none of the Best Picture nominees for 2017 are streaming on Netflix (yet), but there are at least 17 other movies streaming that have been nominated for the biggest award of the night in years past. For 2017 nominees, you can watch the documentaries 13th, Extremis, and The White Helmet and the family-friendly films The Jungle Book and Zootopia, which have all been nominated in other categories. Yet, if you want to look at past Best Pictures films, Netflix is there for you.

From 1986 to 2016, here’s every movie that has been nominated for Best Picture in the last 30 years that’s available for streaming on Netflix.

1The Big Short

This revenge on Wall Street movie with an all-star cast was nominated for Best Picture in 2016, but lost to the next movie on the list.


Spotlight focuses on the reporters of The Boston Globe uncovering the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal. Like The Big Short, it also features an all-star cast and won the big award last Oscars.


This film didn’t win in 2015 (it lost to Birdman), but the fact that it was filmed over the course of 12 years is reason enough alone to check out Boyhood.

4The Imitation Game

Another loser to Birdman, Benedict Cumberbatch fans must watch him take on the role of real-life genius Alan Turing. (Well, I mean, watch him again since I know all Cumberbatch fans have already seen this movie.)


The only Best Picture nominee from 2014 available on Netflix is the Judy Dench and Steve Coogan movie Philomena, which unsurprisingly lost to 12 Years a Slave.

6Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

This 2012 Best Picture nominee follows Oskar after his father (played by Tom Hanks) dies in the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center. Good thing you’ll be in the comfort of your home own home while you stream this one.


Another movie about a boy that was nominated in 2012 was Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, which follows the adventures of Asa Butterfield and Chloë Grace Moretz.


The year 2009 was the last year where the Oscars limited the category to only five nominees and Milk was one of them. It lost to Slumdog Millionaire (2017 nominee Dev Patel’s breakout film), but Sean Penn took home Best Actor.

9No Country for Old Men

The Best Picture winner in 2008 was the Coen Brothers’ No Country For Old Men. Thanks, for giving us nightmares, Javier Bardem!


If you’re a sucker for tragic romances, then this 2008 nominee with Keira Knightley and James McAvoy is required viewing.


Before he won Best Director back-to-back years for Birdman and The Revenant, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Babel with Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture in 2007.

12Shakespeare in Love

The controversial Best Picture winner from 1999 is actually a delightful treat for William Shakespeare fans and you can’t tell us otherwise.

13Good Will Hunting

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are staples of the Oscars now, but this was this film that launched them into super stardom. And the Best Actor frontrunner for 2017, Casey Affleck, was also in Good Will Hunting.


The Mel Gibson-directed film Hacksaw Ridge is up for Best Picture and Best Director this year, so watch his 1996 film (you know, back when you could watch Gibson movies guilt-free) that won Best Picture and Best Director.


This charming movie about the pig that could was nominated in 1996 and still warms our hearts upon each viewing.

16Pulp Fiction

Only a movie as feel-good as Forrest Gump could have stopped Quentin Tarantino’s masterpiece Pulp Fiction from winning the top prize in 1995.

17Quiz Show

Another 1995 nominee, Quiz Show was directed by Robert Redford and starred Ralph Fiennes (two heavy hitters), but the game show movie couldn’t beat Gump.

18Working Girl

The last movie available on Netflix from the past 30 years is a surprising one — Working Girl. This 1989 nominee with Melanie Griffith and Harrison Ford is required viewing though, even if it understandably lost to Rain Man.

These 18 films will surely keep you busy until the 2017 Oscars, so once you’re done binging, make sure you hop on over the red carpet!