11 Oscar movies to catch on ShowMax

2017-02-17 06:01

Cape Town – Oscar fever has reached its peak. 

It's just a few days before the Academy Awards are handed out for the best movies of the year.

To celebrate the highlight of awards season in Hollywood, ShowMax is now offering a stellar line-up of previous Oscar winners. Combined, the 11 movies have won 48 Oscars.

Here are the 11 Oscar-winning flicks you cannot miss.

1. Saving Private Ryan

Starring Tom Hanks and Matt Damon, this war film  tells the story of US soldiers on a mission to save their comrade, paratrooper Private Ryan (Damon), who's stationed behind enemy lines. The war film won five awards.

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2. The Godfather

Seen as one of the best movies of our time, the Mafia film starring Marlon Brandon and Al Pacino won three awards. 

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3. The Godfather Part II

The was the first sequel to ever win Best Picture, and was the only sequel to do so for 29 years. It won six awards. 

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4. Schindler's List

This period drama stars Liam Neeson as German businessman Oskar Schindler. The film was nominated for 12 awards, and won seven.

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5. 12 Years a Slave

Based on the memoir by Solomon Northup, a free man, this drama tells the story of his kidnapping and being sold into slavery. The film won three Academy Awards, and director Steven McQueen became the first black director of a Best Picture winner. 

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6. Ghost

This romantic fantasy thriller starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg was the highest grossing film in 1990. Goldberg won best supporting actress for her role. The film also won Best Original Screenplay. 

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7. Shakespeare in Love

Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes star in this romantic drama that tells the story of a fictional love affair between William Shakespeare and Lady Viola, which became his inspiration for Romeo and Juliet. The film won seven awards.

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8. Annie Hall

Diane Keaton stars in this Woody Allen classic comedy about a  director who tries to figure out why his relationship failed. It won four awards. 

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9. Emma

Based on the novel by Jane Austen, this period drama stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Alan Cumming, Toni Collette and Ewan McGregor. In rural 19th-Century England, things go bad for a young matchmaker after she finds a man for another woman. The film won the award for Best Original Score. 

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10. The English Patient

A doomed and tragic romance set against the backdrop of World War II. This romantic drama starring Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche, and was nominated for 12 awards, of which it won nine.

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11. Cold Mountain

This epic war drama tells the story of a wounded deserter who’s on his way home to the love of his life near the end of the American Civil War. It stars an A-list cast including Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Renée Zellweger, Natalie Portman and Donald Sutherland. The film was nominated for six Oscars, and Renée Zellweger went home with the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. 

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