At this year’s Oscar party, you’re not allowed to claim ignorance about the roster of documentary features and a certain foreign language film thanks to Netflix making early streaming available for five of 2013’s nominees.
The four Best Documentary Feature nominees available on Netflix are: “The Act of Killing,” “Cutie and the Boxer,” “Dirty Wars” and “The Square.” The fifth — “20 Feet from Stardom” — is still in theatrical release. (Read Daniel Montgomery‘s take on the Best Documentary race here.)
Netflix has reason to be happy this awards derby, as “The Square” was produced by the streaming website and resulted in its first-ever Oscar nomination.
This comes on the heels of Netflix winning its first Golden Globe award for Best TV Drama Actress Robin Wright (“House of Cards“) earlier this month as well as a trio of Emmys for that series last September: Best Drama Director (David Fincher), Best Drama Casting and Best Single-Camera Series Cinematography.
Where do these five streaming films fall in terms of our predictions for the Oscars?
Gold Derby’s polling of Experts, Editors, Users and Top 24 Users currently find “The Act of Killing” in first place for Best Documentary Feature with 8/13 odds, followed by “20 Feet From Stardom” at 21/10, “The Square” with 25/1 odds, “Dirty Wars” at 50/1 and “Cutie and the Boxer” with 100/1 odds.
And our predictions for Best Foreign Film have “The Hunt” in third place with 14/1 odds, behind “The Great Beauty” which leads at 8/15 and “The Broken Circle Breakdown” with 7/2 odds. “Omar” has odds of 25/1 while “The Missing Picture” rounds out the race at 100/1.
Below, Netflix’s descriptions of these five Academy Awards contenders. What are you waiting for? Start streaming!
“The Act of Killing”
This Oscar-nominated documentary recalls the bloody era in Indonesia when pro-government death squads slaughtered more than a million suspected communists as two ex-squad leaders reenact their atrocities for the filmmakers.
“Cutie and the Boxer”
Nominated for the 2014 Best Documentary Oscar, this film explores the work and marriage of Ushio and Noriko Shinohara, who took America’s art scene by storm after leaving Japan for New York.
In this Oscar-nominated documentary, investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill explores America’s covert operations in the war on terror including drone strikes, night raids, kill lists that include U.S. citizens and government-condoned torture.
As the Egyptian Revolution unfolds, this 2014 Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Feature immerses the viewer in the intense emotional drama of young people on the streets of Cairo claiming their rights and creating a society of conscience. As two governments topple, the personal stories of the freedom fighters unfold in an inspiring tribute to the power of citizenship.
In this Oscar nominated film, Lucas has a new job and a girlfriend, and is working on his relationship with his teenage son. But an unfounded accusation of pedophilia changes everything as his community turns against him.
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