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Oscar-Nominated Films to Stream on Kanopy


Oscar-Nominated Films to Stream on Kanopy

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You may have heard that we’ll be screening Best Picture nominees from this year’s Academy Awards at the Library this summer. But did you know that your Livingston Library card also allows you to stream a multitude of Oscar-nominated films from the comfort of your own home? Here are just a sampling of those films that are currently available to stream on Kanopy.

(Plot synopses provided by Kanopy)


Rashomon – 1950, directed by Akria Kurosawa

This riveting psychological thriller that investigates the nature of truth and the meaning of justice is widely considered one of the greatest films ever made. Four people give different accounts of a man’s murder and the rape of his wife, which director Akira Kurosawa presents with striking imagery and an ingenious use of flashbacks. This eloquent masterwork and international sensation revolutionized film language and introduced Japanese cinema—and a commanding new star by the name of Toshiro Mifune—to the Western world. Winner of Best Foreign Film at the 1952 Academy Awards.

Roman Holiday – 1953, directed by William Wyler

Audrey Hepburn’s portrays of a modern-day princess, rebelling against royal obligations, exploring Rome on her own. She meets an American newspaperman (Gregory Peck) who, seeking an exclusive story, pretends ignorance of her true identity. But his plan falters as they fall in love. The film was nominated for 10 Academy Awards– including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay– while Hepburn won Best Actress for her performance.

Rambling Rose – 1991, directed by Martha Coolidge

A confused and over-sexed young woman is taken in by a respectable Southern family. She is warmly received but trouble begins when she cannot control her sexual desires. Laura Dern was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar, while her mother, Diane Ladd, was nominated for Best Supporting Actress.

All the Beauty and the Bloodshed – 2022, directed by Laura Poitras

Told through her slideshows, intimate interviews, and ground-breaking photography, this epic, emotional and interconnected story is about internationally renowned artist and activist Nan Goldin’s personal fight to hold the Sackler family accountable for the overdose crisis. Nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 2023 Academy Awards.

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I Am Not Your Negro – 2016, directed by Raoul Peck

In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends–Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only thirty completed pages of his manuscript. Now, in his incendiary new documentary, master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and flood of rich archival material. Nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 2017 Oscars.

Last Year at Marienbad (L’année dernière à Marienbad) – 1961, directed by Alain Renais

This French New-Wave classic features stunning imagery, while deliberately avoiding conventional plot and character development. In a vast and opulent hotel, an unnamed man attempts to persuade a similarly unnamed married woman that they have not only met before, but that they were also romantically involved and had planned to elope together. Nominated for Best Original Screenplay at the Academy Awards.

The Piano – 1993, directed by Jane Campion

Winner of three Oscars, including Best Actress (Holly Hunter), The Piano arouses fiery passions and vengeful jealousies when Ada, a young mute woman (Hunter), is desired by two men – her husband by an arranged marriage (Sam Neill) and her darkly intense neighbor (Harvey Keitel). Violent emotions erupt, but only one man understands that Ada’s heart can only be won through her beloved piano.

Hero (Ying Xiong) – 2002, directed by Zhang Yimou

Acclaimed by critics and loved by audiences around the world, Jet Li, Maggie Cheung and Donnie Yen star in this Oscar and Golden Globe nominated action-packed epic, in which a fearless warrior rises up to defy an empire and unite a nation. With supernatural skill and no fear a nameless soldier embarks on a mission of revenge against the fearsome army that massacred his people. Now, to achieve the justice he seeks, he must take on the empire’s most ruthless assassins and reach the enemy he has sworn to defeat. Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2003 Academy Awards.

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There Will Be Blood – 2007, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson

A story about family, greed, religion, and oil, centered around a turn-of-the-century Texas prospector (Daniel Day-Lewis) in the early days of the business. Nominated for eight Academy Awards in 2008, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay, with Daniel Day-Lewis winning Best Actor.

Writing With Fire – 2021, directed by Sushmit Ghosh and Rintu Thomas

In a news landscape dominated by men emerges India’s only newspaper run by Dalit women. Armed with smartphones, Chief Reporter Meera and her team break traditions on the frontlines of India’s biggest issues, redefining the meaning of power. Nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 2022 Academy Awards.

Seven Beauties (Pasqualino Settebellezze) – 1975, directed by Lina Wertmüller

A petty thief who lives off of the profits of his seven sisters while claiming to protect their honor at any cost, Pasqualino (Giancarlo Giannini) is arrested for murder and later sent to fight in the army after committing sexual assault. The Germans capture him and he gets sent to a concentration camp where he plots to make his escape by seducing a German officer. Nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Foreign Film at the Academy Awards.

Children of Heaven – 1997, directed by Majid Majidi

In this heartwarming adventure, and Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, a poor South Tehran brother and sister dream up a plan to stay out of trouble. After one of them loses their pair of school shoes, they decide to keep it a secret from their parents. But if they’re going to successfully cover their tracks, Ali and Zahra must carefully watch their step on what rapidly turns into a heartwarming adventure. Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 1998 Academy Awards.

The Great Dictator – 1940, directed by Charlie Chaplin

In his controversial masterpiece, Charlie Chaplin offers both a cutting caricature of Adolf Hitler and a sly tweaking of his own comic persona. Chaplin, in his first pure talkie, brings his sublime physicality to two roles: the cruel yet clownish “Tomainian” dictator and the kindly Jewish barber who is mistaken for him. Featuring Jack Oakie and Paulette Goddard in stellar supporting turns, THE GREAT DICTATOR, boldly going after the fascist leader before the U.S.’s official entry into World War II, is an audacious amalgam of politics and slapstick that culminates in Chaplin’s famously impassioned speech. Nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role, and Best Writing.


Monster – 2003, directed by Patty Jenkins

Charlize Theron portrays the true story of Aileen Wuornos, a woman with a tortured past who becomes one of America’s most infamous serial killers. Theron won the Best Actress award for her performance at the 2004 Oscars.

The Elephant Man – 1980, directed by David Lynch

In one of his most legendary films, director David Lynch chronicles the intense emotional journey of a complex, lonely man and the dedicated surgeon who changed his life. John Merrick (John Hurt) was born with a horribly disfiguring congenital disease, and suffered the humiliation of being a sideshow freak. Only when London doctor Frederick Treves (Anthony Hopkins) rescues him does Merrick begin to regain the life of dignity and respect that everyone deserves. Based on a true story, the critically acclaimed film has earned its place in cinematic history. Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud and Wendy Hiller lend moving performances to an already powerful story. Visually fascinating and historically relevant, Lynch has created a haunting masterpiece of compassion, beauty and ultimately, humanity. Nominated for eight Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actor (Hurt), and Best Director.

(Click here to browse Kanopy’s entire collection of Academy Award-nominated films)

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