Have you ever wanted to see all 85 Best Picture winners and access them easily and efficiently without buying DVDs or waiting for Netflix mailers to arrive? Well, iTunes can almost get you there. And really, 88% ain’t too bad at all.
I stumbled across the “Oscar winners” section in the iTunes store recently and was immediately impressed by its slate of 75 Best Picture winners for purchase and/or rent, stretching back to inaugural victor “Wings.” Only 10 films are missing, likely attributable to any number of streaming rights issues, but what a treasure trove for awards hounds. If you’ve ever thought about a Best Picture marathon, with this resource, it couldn’t be much easier.
The section also features winners in the documentary, foreign and short film categories, though those aren’t nearly as comprehensive. And luckily, the films that are missing from the Best Picture line-up aren’t that difficult to track down in one form or another.
The 10 films not included at the moment are:
“The Lost Weekend” (1945)
“All the King’s Men” (1949)
“Tom Jones” (1963)
“The Sound of Music” (1965)
“The Deer Hunter” (1978)
“The English Patient” (1996)
“A Beautiful Mind” (2001)
“Million Dollar Baby” (2004)
But any other holes you’ve needed to fill? “The Broadway Melody?” “The Life of Emile Zola?” “Going My Way?” They’re all there. So head over to iTunes and check it out. (This list might be in continual flux given rights and whatnot. I’ve already seen one film be yanked. So get ’em while they’re hot!)
It’s almost time to start pulling the veil back on coverage for the upcoming 86th annual Academy Awards. Are you ready?