Countdown to Oscar: ‘Shaft’

Shaft_300x300Editor’s note: It’s Day 5 in our 30-day “Countdown to Oscar,” where we’ll feature a different Oscar-winning movie that you can watch online right here at

I challenge you to come up with a character in past forty years of movie-making that oozes coolness like Shaft.

Shaft’s unflappable swagger and lady-killing ways were, in no small part, thanks to his background soundtrack recorded by Isaac Hayes. “Shaft” won the Academy Award for Best Original Song and was one of the first films to ignite the Blaxploitation genre and successfully sell it to a wide audience.

Since the 1971 debut it’s been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry and was chosen by the New York Times as one of The 1000 Best Movies Ever Made by The New York Times. Can you dig it?

You can watch this Oscar-winning classic online right now.

To see more films in our “Countdown to Oscar,” click here.

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