Oscar Films Worth a Watch 2011

 Cimarron (1931) Rated NR

Director Wesley Ruggles’ sweeping adaptation of Edna Ferber’s classic American novel was the first Western to win the Best Picture Oscar. Richard Dix stars as Yancey Cravat, a larger-than-life pioneer and newspaperman who moves his family to Oklahoma during the land rush of 1889. Irene Dunne co-stars as Yancey’s long-suffering wife, who displays true grit after her husband deserts the family in search of further adventure.

Gigi (1958) Rated G

Leslie Caron stars as Gigi, an avant-garde French waif being groomed as the fille de joie of affluent and handsome Gaston. Soon Gigi metamorphoses into a stunning beauty, and the head-over-heels Gaston asks for her hand. But Gigi’s courtesan grandmother is aghast: No one in the family has ever considered something as plebeian as matrimony! This 1958 gem won Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director.

ordinary peopleOrdinary People (1980) Rated R

Everything is in its proper place in the Jarrett household — except the past. Mary Tyler Moore scored an Oscar nod for her role as repressed mother Beth Jarrett, whose favorite son has died, leaving her with another she can barely tolerate. The film also netted four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor for young Hutton.

One Day In September (1999) Rated R

In 1972, eight Palestinian terrorists interrupted the Munich Olympics by taking 11 Israeli athletes hostage. Michael Douglas narrates this Oscar-winning documentary about the siege and subsequent failed rescue attempt. The film features historical footage as well as new interviews with surviving terrorist Jamal Al-Gashey and various officials detailing how the German police botched the rescue operation, leading to the death of all 11 hostages.

 All About My Mother (1999) Rated R

An Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film, writer-director Pedro Almodovar’s compassionate tribute to women examines the life of Manuela, who leaves Madrid for Barcelona shortly after she witnesses her son’s accidental death. Once there, she reunites with an old friend, a pre-op transsexual prostitute, and forms a fast but enduring friendship with a pregnant nun.

Synopsis by Netflix.

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