If you love Netflix (NFLX), you should also love awards season. Why? Well, it should make choosing the best Netflix streaming movies and shows a bit easier.
I became a House of Cards fans after it racked up awards (and after enough of my friends peer-pressured me to get into it). Similarly, if you’re trying to decide which flicks are the best Netflix documentaries available on streaming, for example, an Oscar nomination seems like a pretty reliable stamp of approval.
Of course, if you want to watch Oscar-nominated movies like Gravity and 12 Years a Slave – both up for “Best Picture” — you’re going to have to hope they’re screened at a movie theater near you.
But if you prefer non-fiction Oscar-nominated movies, you’re in luck. Just plop on your couch, scroll through the list of streaming Netflix documentaries and you’ll find all but one of the Oscar-nominated movies up for “Best Documentary Feature” right there.
With that in mind, here’s a look at four of the best Netflix documentaries (and arguably some of the best Netflix streaming movies period) to watch before the Oscars air on Mar. 2. We’ve also tossed in each film’s odds of actually taking home the award, according to Gold Derby.