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Stream Them Now: Watch 17 Oscar-Winning Best Actress Performances Online

Stream Them Now: Watch 17 Oscar-Winning Best Actress Performances Online

In honor of the upcoming 2014 Academy Awards, we’ve decided to take a journey into Oscar’s past by looking through the winners of the coveted Best Actress award. From beloved stars of contemporary cinema (Meryl Streep, Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman) to the Hollywood starlets of yesteryear (Katharine Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn), we’ve compiled a list of 21 films to have earned their leading ladies an Academy Award and that are currently streaming online on a number of platforms (Netflix, iTunes, Hulu and Amazon Prime). If you haven’t seen these movies before, now’s your chance to watch them: 

The Iron Lady (2011) – Meryl Streep

Black Swan (2010) – Natalie Portman

The Blind Side (2009) – Sandra Bullock

The Reader (2008) – Kate Winslet

Million Dollar Baby (2004) – Hilary Swank 

The Hours (2002) – Nicole Kidman

Monster’s Ball (2001) – Halle Berry

Shakespeare in Love (1998) – Gwyneth Paltrow

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The Piano (1993) – Holly Hunter

The Silence of the Lambs (1991) – Jodie Foster

The Accused (1988) – Jodie Foster

Terms of Endearment (1983) – Shirley MacLaine

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) – Louise Fletcher

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967) – Katharine Hepburn

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) – Elizabeth Taylor

Roman Holiday (1953) – Audrey Hepburn

Gone with the Wind (1939) – Vivien Leigh

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Jesus, just goes to show you how many 'Best Actress' winners come from really mediocre films. In the case of "The Iron Lady," "The Blind Side" and "The Reader," the underwhelming nature of the film itself was apparent even before they won on Oscar night. Remember that satirical Meryl Streep op-ed in the Onion, "Name One Masterpiece Of Cinema That I've Starred In"? OTFM.

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