I love awards season. I love the pageantry and pretty dresses and people. Also, I like movies.
Not that I know enough about movies to know what makes a good one, I just like it when movies I like are liked by people who like movies. I just feel so justified when a movie I love has those little laurel brackets that prove to all the world I do indeed have good taste in movies.
Many of these award-winning movies are available through Overdrive to stream for free with a library card. So I compiled a list of 9 must-see favorites (Okay, some of them are only nominated for an Oscar but won plenty of critical acclaim).
THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN
Dir. John Sturges
An oppressed Mexican peasant village hires seven gunfighters to help defend their homes.
Dir. Alfred Hitchcock
A Phoenix secretary embezzles $40,000 from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother.
THE AFRICAN QUEEN
Dir. John Huston
In Africa during WW1, a gin-swilling riverboat owner/captain is persuaded by a strait-laced missionary to use his boat to attack an enemy warship.
MAN ON WIRE
Dir. James Marsh
A look at tightrope walker Philippe Petit's daring, but illegal, high-wire routine performed between New York City's World Trade Center's twin towers in 1974, what some consider, "the artistic crime of the century."
THE IMITATION GAME
Dir. Morten Tyldum
During World War II, mathematician Alan Turing tries to crack the enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians.
THE LADY VANISHES
Dir. Alfred Hitchcock
While traveling in continental Europe, a rich young playgirl realizes that an elderly lady seems to have disappeared from the train.
LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER
Dir. Lee Daniels
As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man's life, family, and American society.
Dir. Stephen Frears
A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman's search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent.
THE IRON LADY
Dir. Phyllida Lloyd
An elderly Margaret Thatcher talks to the imagined presence of her recently deceased husband as she struggles to come to terms with his death while scenes from her past life, from girlhood to British prime minister, intervene.