During the ongoing pandemic, we have been asked to stay home and for the optimistic among us, it means making the most of this time to cook, learn a new skill, or catch up on tasks we haven’t found time for. As many people on social media have so aptly put it, you don’t need to make the most of this time if anxiety and doubt makes you want to lie in bed and binge watch the entire series of Grey’s Anatomy.
In addition, for bingeing of another kind that will open you to new ideas, opinions and storylines, we suggest looking at the past 10 years of Best Picture Oscar winners for days when everything just feels a little too hard. Overnight, Australian streaming service Stan announced it was fast tracking its content to include 2020 winner Parasite months before it was originally schedule, available to stream on demand from Saturday April 11, meaning your new watch list just got even better.
A poor family, the Kims, con their way into becoming the servants of a rich family, the Parks. But their easy life gets complicated when their deception is threatened with exposure.
2019: Green Book
The heart-warming true story of world-class Black pianist Dr. Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali), who hires the tough-talking Italian-American Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen) as his chauffeur on a concert tour of the Deep South.
2018: The Shape of Water
At a top secret research facility in the 1960s, a lonely janitor forms a unique relationship with an amphibious creature that is being held in captivity.
A chronicle of the childhood, adolescence and burgeoning adulthood of a young, African-American, gay man growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.
The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.
2015: Birdman or (the unexpected virtue of ignorance)
A washed-up superhero actor attempts to revive his fading career by writing, directing, and starring in a Broadway production.
2014: 12 Years a Slave
In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.
Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1979.
2012: The Artist
An egomaniacal film star develops a relationship with a young dancer against the backdrop of Hollywood’s silent era.
2011: The Kings Speech
The story of King George VI, his impromptu ascension to the throne of the British Empire in 1936, and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch overcome his stammer.
2010: The Hurt Locker
During the Iraq War, a Sergeant recently assigned to an army bomb squad is put at odds with his squad mates due to his maverick way of handling his work.