2022 Netflix Guide: Award-Winning Movies You Should See

Published on 05/23/2022

Looking for good movies to watch currently streaming? Whether you’re a new subscriber or an avid fan of the best streaming service out there, this guide is for you. Here’s the ultimate guide and everything you need to know about the latest award-winning movies.

Netflix 2022 Guide: 5 Award-Winning Movies You Should See

2022 Netflix Guide: Award-Winning Movies You Should See



Award: Best Director (Alfonso Cuarón), Best Foreign Language Film, Best Cinematography

Cleo (Oscar candidate Yalitza Aparicio), a live-in maid for a middle-class Mexico City household, is followed for a year by Alfonso Cuarón’s stunning autobiographical film as both her life and the lives of her employers are permanently transformed.


Award: Best Documentary Feature

Bryan Fogel planned to try doping to win a cycling race, but his studies into the practice uncovered a larger, more serious problem.

The Hateful Eight

Award: Best Original Score

Quentin Tarantino’s thriller is an Agatha Christie-style mystery set in the American West just after the Civil War. Its score earned famed composer Ennio Morricone his first Academy Award.

The Social Network

Award: Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing, Best Original Score

The Social Network, David Fincher’s best film of the decade, depicts the birth of Facebook and the people behind the website that would upset the foundations of human contact and even undermine our democracy.

The Danish Girl

Award: Best Actress (Alicia Vikander)

Vikander plays the wife of Einar Wegener, a man who undergoes one of the first sex-change procedures in history, in this narrative largely based on the lives of Danish painters Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener.

There Will Be Blood

Award: Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis), Best Cinematography

The American capitalist villain makes Paul Thomas Anderson’s masterwork about a 20th-century oil billionaire sparkle. With outstanding performances by Day-Lewis and Paul Dano, deconstructed music by Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood, and the most excellent milkshake line in film history.

Marriage Story

Award: Best Supporting Actress (Laura Dern)

The semi-autobiographical film about the disintegration of a marriage by Noah Baumbach was a major contender at the 2020 Academy Awards. Though Laura Dern won Best Supporting Actress, the film was nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor (Adam Driver), Best Actress (Scarlett Johansson), Best Original Screenplay, and Best Original Score.


Award: Best Cinematography, Best Production Design

Netflix’s Mank is a 1930s-set Hollywood love letter directed by David Fincher. Although it lost Best Picture to Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland at the 2021 Oscars, it won Best Cinematography and Best Production Design awards. It has outstanding performances from Oscar contenders Gary Oldman and Amanda Seyfried.

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Award: Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Costume Design

Another Netflix film is Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, which is based on August Wilson’s play. The film depicts the events of a challenging recording session for blues singer Ma Rainey in 1920s Chicago, with stunning performances from Colman Domingo, Best Actress contender Viola Davis, and posthumous Best Actor nominee Chadwick Boseman. Although it did not win any acting accolades, the emotive picture did win Oscars for Makeup & Hairstyling and Costume Design.

My Octopus Teacher

Award: Best Documentary Feature

My Octopus Teacher, a contentious winner (but a winner nonetheless! ), follows filmmaker Craig Foster as he spends a year with and bonds with a wild octopus off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa. There’s no disputing that it’s unique, but it’s also completely captivating and even touching.