As the 95th Academy Awards ceremony approaches, movie enthusiasts are eagerly anticipating which films will take home the highly coveted Oscar awards.
However, while we wait for the announcement of the winners on March 13, 2023, why not take a trip down memory lane and enjoy some of the greatest films of the past?
Here is a list of 5 Oscar-winning films from 20 years ago that are still worth watching:
1. Chicago (Rob Marshall)
Chicago, a black comedy musical film, was released in 2002 and went on to win 6 Oscars, including Best Picture. Featuring the iconic performances of Renée Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones, the film’s catchy tunes such as All That Jazz and Cell Block Tango continue to resonate with audiences today.
2. The Pianist (Roman Polanski)
Directed by Roman Polanski, The Pianist is based on the memoir of Wladyslaq Szpilman, a Jewish-Polish pianist who lived through the Holocaust. The film received critical acclaim for its intense performances and portrayal of the horrors of war. It won 3 Oscars, including Best Director and Best Actor for Adrien Brody’s outstanding performance.
3. The Hours (Stephen Daldry)
The Hours is a psychological drama film that tells the story of three women connected by the novel Mrs Dalloway written by Virginia Woolf. Featuring a star-studded cast including Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, and Nicole Kidman, the film’s themes of love, loss, and mental illness earned Kidman an Oscar for Best Actress.
4. Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki)
Spirited Away is a classic animated film from Studio Ghibli that won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film in 2003. Directed by Hayao Miyazaki, the film tells the story of a young girl who enters a magical world and must navigate its mysteries to save her parents. With its beautiful animation and heartwarming story, Spirited Away continues to be a beloved film for people of all ages.
5. Frida (Julie Taymor)
Frida tells the life story of the famous Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, played by Salma Hayek in a stunning performance that earned her an Oscar nomination. The film’s exquisite visuals and haunting score earned it 2 Oscars, including Best Makeup and Best Original Score.