• (L–R) 'Still Alice', 'Zero Dark Thirty', '12 Years a Slave', 'Dallas Buyers Club'. (SBS)Source: SBS
Over four big weeks, SBS World Movies and SBS On Demand bring you a collection of award-winning masterpieces.
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SBS Movies

22 Dec 2020 - 12:27 PM  UPDATED 18 Jan 2021 - 9:32 AM

As part of a spectacular season of summer programming on SBS World Movies and SBS On Demand, the four-week Oscar Winners season gives you a front-row seat to a parade of award-winning films.

Catch them 9.30pm weeknights on SBS World Movies from Monday 28 December to Friday 22 January. Most will also be available at SBS On Demand for 30 days after they air; we've called out which are only available for a more fleeting appearance there, or only available on air, so you can plan your award-winning viewing schedule!

WEEK 1

Monday 28 December

Precious

MA15+
United States, 2009
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Lee Daniels
Starring: Gabourey Sidibe, Bill Sage, Lenny Kravitz, Paula Patton, Mo'Nique
What's it about?
Set in Harlem in 1987. Precious (Gabourey Sidibe) endures unimaginable hardships in her young life. She's pregnant for the second time to her abusive father; at home she must wait hand and foot on a poisonously angry mother. In these conditions she grows up poor, angry, illiterate, fat, unloved and generally unnoticed. But underneath her impassive expression is a watchful, curious young woman with an inchoate but unshakeable sense that other possibilities exist for her. A Best Picture Oscar nominee, the film scored a Best Adapted Screenplay win, plus a Best Supporting Actress award for Mo'Nique.

Precious Review
Why You Should Watch: Precious

Available to stream at SBS On Demand until 27 January.

 

Tuesday 29 December

The Grand Budapest Hotel

M
United States, 2000
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Wes Anderson
Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Léa Seydoux, Tony Revolori, Owen Wilson 
What's it about?
Adventures are in store for legendary concierge Gustave H (Ralph Fiennes), who works at a famous European hotel between the wars. His problems begin with the sudden death of one of the hotel's guests (with whom he has had a romantic encounter). The deceased woman (Tilda Swinton) leaves Gustave a valuable painting, much to the horror of her son (Adrien Brody). The popular film garnered nine Academy Award nominations, and took home four, including Best Original Score, at the 2015 Oscars. 

The Grand Budapest Hotel Review
The Grand Budapest Hotel: Wes Anderson interview

Will not be available at SBS On Demand.

 
 

Wednesday 30 December

The Great Beauty

MA15+
Italy, 2013
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: Italian
Director: Paolo Sorrentino
Starring: Tony Servillo, Carlo Verdone, Sabrina Ferelli
What's it about?
In Rome, a jaded writer (Toni Servillo) recollects his passionate, lost youth. Sorrentino's film won the Best International Feature Film (formerly called Best Foreign Language Film) Oscar at the 2014 Academy Awards.

The Great Beauty: Toni Servillo interview
The Great Beauty Review
Italy's 'The Great Beauty' wins best foreign language Oscar
Dinner and a Movie: ‘The Great Beauty’ and pasta e fagioli

Now streaming at SBS On Demand.

 

Thursday 31 December

12 Years a Slave

MA15+
United States, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Steve McQueen
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Paul Giamatti, Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong'o
What's it about?
The shocking true story of a free man from upstate New York, abducted and sold into slavery in the Deep South. Facing cruelty from his owner, Solomon (Chiwetel Ejiofor) struggles to stay alive, and to retain his dignity. Inspired by the true story of Solomon Northup, the film won Best Picture at the 2014 Academy Awards. 

'12 Years a Slave:' an American story unearthed by British filmmaker
12 Years A Slave Review
'12 Years a Slave': Interview
'12 Years a Slave' makes history with best picture Oscar

Available to stream at SBS On Demand until 30 January.

 
 

Friday 1 January

The King's Speech

M
United Kingdom, 2010
Genre: Drama, History
Language: English
Director: Tom Hooper
Starring: Geoffrey Rush, Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter
What's it about?
After his brother abdicates, George, aka 'Bertie', (Colin Firth) reluctantly assumes the throne. Plagued by a dreaded stutter and considered unfit to be king, Bertie engages the help of an unorthodox speech therapist named Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). Through a set of unexpected techniques, and as a result of an unlikely friendship, Bertie is able to find his voice and boldly lead the country through war. Nominated for numerous Academy Awards, the film won Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Director and Best Actor for Colin Firth, in 2011.  

Available to stream at SBS On Demand until 31 January.

 

 

WEEK 2

Monday 4 January

Still Alice

M
United States, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director:  Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland
Starring: Alec Baldwin, Kate Bosworth, Kristen Stewart, Julianne Moore
What's it about?
Fifty-year-old Alice Howland (Julianne Moore) leads a seemingly perfect life, with a happy marriage and three grown children, and a successful career as a renowned linguistics professor. However her life is turned upside down when she starts forgetting words. She receives a devastating diagnosis of Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease, which will put Alice and her family through the test, as she struggles to remain the woman she once was. Moore won Best Actress at the 2015 Academy Awards for her role. 

Still Alice review
Julianne Moore on 'Still Alice', and getting inside the mind of Alzheimer's sufferers

Now streaming at SBS On Demand.

 

Tuesday 5 January

Whiplash

MA15+
United States, 2014
Genre: Music, Drama
Language: English
Director: Damien Chazelle
Starring: J.K. Simmons, Miles Teller
What's it about?
In New York, a young musician (Miles Teller) who aspires to become a top jazz drummer is pushed to his limits by a ruthless teacher (J.K Simmons). Nominated for Best Picture at the 2015 Academy Awards, the film won Best Film Editing and Best Sound Mixing gongs, while J.K. Simmons collected the award for Best Supporting Actor. 

First look at Mickey Rourke as Whiplash
Whiplash review: The music movie as bloodsport
Whiplash treats music school like a warzone (interview)

Available to stream at SBS On Demand until 19 January.

 

Wednesday 6 January

Amour

M
France, Germany, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Michael Haneke
Starring: Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva
What's it about?
Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and Anne (Emmanuelle Riva) are in their eighties. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne has an attack and the couple's bond of love is severely tested. Riva was nominated for a Best Actress award for her role, and the film took home the Best International Feature Film award at the 2013 Academy Awards. 

A Minute With: Michael Haneke and the story behind 'Amour'
Amour: Jean-Louis Trintignant interview
Amour wins Oscar for best foreign language film - Oscars 2013
Amour review: Leave it to the master to tackle dying with dignity

Now streaming at SBS On Demand.

 

Thursday 7 January

Spotlight

M
United States, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Tom McCarthy
Starring: Mark Ruffalo, Liev Schreiber, Rachel McAdams, Stanley Tucci, Michael Keaton, John Slattery
What's it about?
Directed by Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent, Win Win), Spotlight follows a team of reporters at The Boston Globe who, in 2001, launched a dogged investigation into the misdeeds covered up by the Catholic Church. They were eventually able to out nearly 90 Boston-area priests as molesters and exposed a pattern of corruption at the church where the higher-ups privy to the scandal would effectively silence any accusers who came forward. The film won Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay at the Oscars in 2016. 

Spotlight review: Smart, subtle approach exposes villains hiding in plain sight

Available to stream at SBS On Demand until 6 February.

 

Friday 8 January

Birdman 

MA
United States, 2014
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Starring: Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan
What's it about?
An actor (Michael Keaton) who once found fame by playing an iconic superhero attempts to reclaim his former success by mounting a Broadway play and must overcome his ego and family trouble in the process. He has to deal with his fresh-from-rehab daughter (Emma Stone), who works on the play as his assistant, as well as his cast: co-star and love interest Laura (Andrea Riseborough), method actor Mike Shiner (Edward Norton), and the latter's girlfriend Lynne (Naomi Watts). The 2015 Best Picture winner also scored Academy Awards for Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography and Best Director. 

Michael Keaton and Alejandro González Iñárritu talk Birdman, Batman, and Tim Burton
Birdman review
2015 Oscars: Birdman flies high
'Birdman' wins Oscar for Best Picture

Available to stream at SBS On Demand until 7 February.

 
 

WEEK 3

Monday 11 January

Lost in Translation

M
Japan, 2003
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Sofia Coppola
Starring: Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Giovanni Ribisi, Anna Faris
What's it about?
An ageing actor (Bill Murray) bonds with a bored 20-something woman (Scarlett Johansson), while both are adrift in Japan. Coppola won Best Original Screenplay at the 2004 Academy Awards and was also nominated for Best Director. The film was also nominated for Best Picture. 

Lost In Translation Review

Will not be available at SBS On Demand.

Sofia Coppola's 'Lost In Translation'

 

Tuesday 12 January

Son of Saul

M
Hungary, 2015
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Language: German, Hungarian, Yiddish
Director: Laszlo Nemes
Starring: Géza Röhrig, Levente Molnár, Urs Rechn
What's it about?
In the horror of 1944 Auschwitz, a prisoner forced to burn the corpses of his own people finds moral survival trying to save from the flames the body of a boy he takes for his son. The drama won the Oscar for Best International Feature Film in 2016. 

Son of Saul review: An unforgettable experience

Available to stream at SBS On Demand until 11 February.

 

Wednesday 13 January

Dallas Buyers Club

MA15+
United States, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Jean-Marc Vallée
Starring: Steve Zahn, Jennifer Garner, Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto
What's it about?
1986, Texas. Homophobic womaniser Ron Woodruff (Matthew McConaughey) is completely oblivious of AIDS, even as it spreads through the world, terrifying the public. So when Ron contracts HIV, he is blindsided. Given just 30 days to live, he tries in vain to be included in the AZT drug trial. Ron seeks out other untested, alternative medications in Mexico, and establishes an underground network of drug supply for the growing numbers of people being diagnosed with HIV and AIDS. The film won three Oscars in 2014, including Best Picture and a Best Actor award for McConaughey.

Dallas Buyers Club: interview
Dallas Buyers Club Review
'Dallas Buyers Club': underdog film turned scrappy Oscar contender

Available to stream at SBS On Demand until 10 February.

 

Thursday 14 January

Zero Dark Thirty

M
USA, 2013
Genre: Thriller
Language: English
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Starring: Jason Clarke, Mark Strong, Jessica Chastain, Chris Pratt
What's it about?
For a decade, an elite team of intelligence and military operatives, working in secret locations across the globe, devoted themselves to a single goal to track down and eliminate wanted terrorist, Osama bin Laden. The film had multiple nominations including Best Picture at the 2013 Academy Awards, winning the nod for Best Sound Editing. 

Zero Dark Thirty Turns Political Firestorm Into Box-Office Triumph
Zero Dark Thirty review: Fact blurs with fiction into a crackerjack thriller

Available to stream at SBS On Demand until 13 February.

 

Friday 15 January

Babel

MA15+
United States, Mexico, France, 2006
Genre: Drama
Language: English, Arabic, Japanese, Spanish, other
Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Starring: Gael García Bernal, Rinko Kikuchi, Cate Blanchett, Brad Pitt
What's it about?
A rifle shot in the Moroccan desert sets in motion a series of events that will have tragic consequences for the two young Moroccan gunmen, as well as a married American couple who are grieving on holiday, a Mexican nanny struggling to make ends meet and a rebellious, deaf Japanese girl. The film won the 2007 Oscar for Best Original Score, and was also nominated for Best Picture. 

Babel: Alejandro González Iñárritu interview
Babel betters with age
Alejandro González Iñárritu’s epic ‘Babel’ embodies the greatness of Mexican cinema

Available to stream at SBS On Demand until 29 January.

 

WEEK 4

Monday 18 January

Midnight in Paris

PG
Spain, United States, 2011
Genre: Fantasy, Comedy, Romance
Language: English, French, German, Spanish
Director: Woody Allen
Starring: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Kurt Fuller, Mimi Kennedy, Michael Sheen, Nina Arianda, Carla Bruni
What's it about?
A romantic comedy about a family travelling to the French capital for business, Midnight in Paris won Best Original Screenplay at the Academy Awards in 2012. The party includes a young engaged couple forced to confront the illusion that a life different from their own is better.

Midnight in Paris Review

Available to stream at SBS On Demand after broadcast (until 17 February).

Tuesday 19 January

Her

MA
United States, 2013
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Language: English
Director: Spike Jonze
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson
What's it about?
In future Los Angeles, Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) is a lonely man who has had his heart broken. He makes money composing intimate letters for other people. He uses his savings to invest in a personalised computer operating system called Samantha (Scarlett Johansson), who is designed to meet his every requirement. Theodore and Samantha have a fulfilling life together, serving each other's needs, but over time their relationship develops and deepens, becoming more complicated than anyone could have predicted. A Best Picture nominee, the film took home a Best Original Screenplay award.

Actor Joaquin Phoenix finds love in a virtual world in 'Her'
Her: Spike Jonze interview

Available to stream at SBS On Demand after broadcast (until 2 February).

 

Wednesday 20 January

A Separation

PG
Iran, 2000
Genre: Drama
Language: Persian-Farsi
Director: Asghar Farhadi
Starring: Leila Hatami, Peyman Moaadi
What's it about?
A couple, Nader (Peyman Moaadi) and Simin (Leila Hatami), have opposite ideas about living abroad but the same opinions about divorce. They have acquired visas to emigrate from Iran, but while Simin is anxious to ensure a better future for their 10-year-old daughter Termeh (Sarina Farhadi), Nader refuses to leave his elderly father who suffers from Alzheimer's disease. When the judge refuses to formalise their separation, Simin resolutely departs the family home, leaving the obstinate Nader to contract the services of a housekeeper. Razieh (Sareh Bayat) is a devout, impoverished woman who tends to the apartment and Nader's father with her own four-year-old daughter in tow. When Nader returns one day to find his father alone and compromised, his fury leads to an altercation that has unexpected and devastating consequences. A Separation won Best International Feature Film in 2012. 

A Separation impresses judges yet again
A Separation Review

Available to stream at SBS On Demand after broadcast (until 19 February).

 

Thursday 21 January

Blue Jasmine

M
United States, 2013
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Woody Allen
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Sally Hawkins, Bobby Cannavale, Alec Baldwin, Andrew Dice Clay, Peter Sarsgaard
What's it about?
When Jasmine's (Cate Blanchett) life and marriage to Hal (Alec Baldwin) begins to fall apart, the wealthy New York socialite decides to visit her sister in San Francisco. Blanchett won Best Actress at the 2014 Academy Awards for her role. 

Blue Jasmine: Alec Baldwin interview
Blue Jasmine Review
Cate Blanchett wins best actress Oscar for 'Blue Jasmine'

Available to stream at SBS On Demand after broadcast (until 20 February).

 

Friday 22 January

The Big Short

M
United States, 2015
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Adam McKay
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell, Christian Bale, Melissa Leo, Brad Pitt
What's it about?
Based on the book by Michael Lewis (The Blind Side), The Big Short tells the story of bond and real estate derivative geeks who saw the housing crash of 2008 coming and bet against the collateralised debt obligation bubble, thus striking it rich. Nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, the film won Best Adapted Screenplay.  

Watch Christian Bale and Brad Pitt profit from the GFC in 'The Big Short' trailer
The Big Short review: Laughing all the way to the bank

Available to stream at SBS On Demand after broadcast (until 21 February).

 
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