Hollywood celebrated its best and brightest earlier this month with the 90th Academy Awards ceremony (commonly known as the Oscars), where the famous golden statuettes were presented in 24 categories ranging from Best Visual Effects and Best Costume Design to Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Picture.
While the celebrated awards honor accomplishments on the silver screen, FTC Digital TV customers can catch the biggest award-winners from the comfort of their own couches with our Video On Demand service. Without further ado, we’ll cut to the chase and get to the most-awarded films. And the multiple-Oscar winners available on VOD are …
“The Shape of Water”
Available on VOD starting March 13, this film was 2018’s most awarded, taking home a whopping four awards — the top prize of Best Picture, as well as Best Director, Best Score and Best Production Design. The drama/fantasy takes viewers into the world of lonely Elisa, a mute cleaning lady working in a classified government research laboratory in 1962 Baltimore. When she discovers the lab’s biggest secret, a mysterious amphibious creature from South America being held captive in a water tank at the facility, her life is forever changed. The film is available on VOD through July 31.
Check out reviews at Rotten Tomatoes, where the film holds a 90-plus percent approval rating.
A winner of three Oscars — Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing — this World War II drama/thriller follows attempts to rescue thousands of Allied soldiers from the French coastal town of Dunkirk before surrounding Nazi forces can capture them. With relatively little dialogue, the film puts viewers on the edges of their seats (or couch cushions, in this case) throughout with high action as rescuers take to the land, sea and air in attempts to make the Operation Dynamo rescue efforts successful. Catch it on VOD through May 11.
The conglomeration of reviewers at Metacritic give this one high scores.
“Blade Runner 2049”
Claiming Oscars for Best Visual Effects and Best Cinematography, this science-fiction sequel is set in a dystopian future Los Angeles and takes place 30 years after the original — 1982’s “Blade Runner” starring Harrison Ford, who makes a return in this update. The action is plentiful as a cop known simply as K (Ryan Gosling), tasked with hunting down and exterminating rogue machine-made humans known as “replicants,” uncovers a secret that could plunge society into deeper chaos. To avert a war between the replicants and the humans, K is forced to track down his blade-running predecessor in Ford.
Learn more about this adventure — available on VOD through May 25 — at the IMDb website.
This Disney/Pixar production that claimed Oscars for Best Animated Feature and Best Song follows 12-year-old Miguel on an lively adventure through the Land of the Dead. As the lead character endeavors to return to his family among the living, he learns more about his family’s bright musical history and meets an assortment of charming characters along the way — all while attempting to prove he has the musical chops to become an accomplished musician himself.
Watch it on VOD through May 11. And check out a range of reviews at the Common Sense Media website.
Gary Oldman claimed the Best Actor title for his work in this historical drama, while the movie also took home the Oscar for Best Makeup and Hairstyling. Set during the early days of World War II, as Hitler and Germany’s rapidly-advancing forces make their way across Western Europe and close in on the U.K., “Darkest Hour” sees newly appointed Prime Minister Winston Churchill grappling over a tough and fortune-shaping decision — whether to mount a fight against long odds or negotiate with a brutal regime.
Catch it on VOD through July 25, and see what reviewers thought at Rotten Tomatoes.
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Frances McDormand claimed the Best Actress honor for her leading role in this crime drama, while Sam Rockwell won for Best Supporting Actor. The film tells the story of a frustrated mother who, after months pass with no arrests following her daughter’s murder, boldly posts authority-challenging messages on a trio of billboards leading into her small Missouri town. The mother fights to stand firm after the police and most of the town align against her following the defiant move.
Subscribers can watch this one on VOD through March 20. Check out the film’s synopsis and reviews at IMDb.com.
While this wraps up the list of multiple-Oscar winners, the collection of Oscar-worthy films available on VOD keeps on going. Other Oscar-winning and Oscar-nominated films you can watch from the comfort of your living room include “I, Tonya,” “Call Me by Your Name,” “Lady Bird” and “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” Click here to explore all of the silver-screen hits available on your home television.
SOURCES: Oscars.org, New York Times, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic, IMDb, Common Sense Media