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.

2020: pARASITE

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.

Stream: Stan

Credit: IMDb

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.

Stream: Amazon and Google Play

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.

Stream: iTunes and Hulu

2017: Moonlight

A chronicle of the childhood, adolescence and burgeoning adulthood of a young, African-American, gay man growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.

Stream: Stan and iTunes

2016: Spotlight

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.

Stream: Netflix and iTunes

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.

Stream: Netflix and iTunes

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.

Stream: Stan and iTunes

2013: Argo

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.

Stream: Amazon Prime and iTunes

2012: The Artist

An egomaniacal film star develops a relationship with a young dancer against the backdrop of Hollywood’s silent era.

Stream: Prime Video and iTunes

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.

Stream: Netflix, Prime Video and iTunes

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.

Stream: Netflix, Prime Video and iTunes

 

thoughts?