Oscar Winners on C Spire On Demand: 2011 – Present

Oscar Winners on C Spire On Demand: 2011 – Present

As part of our celebration of all things Academy Awards, we’ve collected 44 of your favorite Oscar winners and made them available via C Spire Video On Demand. Over the coming days, we’ll provide a rundown of each and every one of the films we’re featuring this year.

In this post, we take a look at twelve Oscar winning films from the mid from 2011 through 2013 that span genres, launched careers and solidified several actors’ position as Hollywood elite. This visually stunning batch of films includes Daniel Day-Lewis and his portrayal of the 16th U.S. President in Lincoln, George Clooney and Sandra Bullock take us into space in Gravity, Chiwetel Ejiofor depicts a free black man kidnapped and sold into slavery in 12 Years a Slave, and Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey take on the DEA in Dallas Buyers Club.

Gravity (2013) – $3.99

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Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a medical engineer on her first shuttle mission. Her commander is veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney), helming his last flight before retirement. Then, during a routine space walk by the pair, disaster strikes: The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Ryan and Matt stranded in deep space with no link to Earth and no hope of rescue. As fear turns to panic, they realize that the only way home may be to venture further into space.

Academy Awards Winner For:

  • Best Director
  • Editing
  • Cinematography
  • Visual Effects
  • Sound
  • Sound Editing
  • Original Score

The Great Gatsby (2013) – $3.99

THE GREAT GATSBY

Midwest native Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) arrives in 1922 New York in search of the American dream. Nick, a would-be writer, moves in next-door to millionaire Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) and across the bay from his cousin Daisy (Carey Mulligan) and her philandering husband, Tom (Joel Edgerton). Thus, Nick becomes drawn into the captivating world of the wealthy and — as he bears witness to their illusions and deceits — pens a tale of impossible love, dreams, and tragedy.

Academy Awards Winner For:

  • Costume Design
  • Production Design

Her (2013) – $3.99

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A sensitive and soulful man earns a living by writing personal letters for other people. Left heartbroken after his marriage ends, Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) becomes fascinated with a new operating system which reportedly develops into an intuitive and unique entity in its own right. He starts the program and meets “Samantha” (Scarlett Johansson), whose bright voice reveals a sensitive, playful personality. Though “friends” initially, the relationship soon deepens into love.

Academy Awards Winner For:

  • Writing
  • Original Screenplay

12 Years a Slave (2013) – $3.99

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In the years before the Civil War, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the South. Subjected to the cruelty of one malevolent owner (Michael Fassbender), he also finds unexpected kindness from another, as he struggles continually to survive and maintain some of his dignity. Then in the 12th year of the disheartening ordeal, a chance meeting with an abolitionist from Canada changes Solomon’s life forever.

Academy Awards Winner For:

  • Best Motion Picture of the Year
  • Supporting Actress
  • Adapted Screenplay

Blue Jasmine (2013) – $3.99

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After her marriage to a wealthy businessman (Alec Baldwin) collapses, New York socialite Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) flees to San Francisco and the modest apartment of her sister, Ginger (Sally Hawkins). Although she’s in a fragile emotional state and lacks job skills, Jasmine still manages to voice her disapproval of Ginger’s boyfriend, Chili (Bobby Cannavale). Jasmine begrudgingly takes a job in a dentist’s office, while Ginger begins dating a man (Louis C.K.) who’s a step up from Chili.

Academy Awards Winner For:

  • Leading Actress

Dallas Buyers Club (2013) – $3.99

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In mid-1980s Texas, electrician Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) is stunned to learn that he has AIDS. Though told that he has just 30 days left to live, Woodroof refuses to give in to despair. He seeks out alternative therapies and smuggles unapproved drugs into the U.S. from wherever he can find them. Woodroof joins forces with a fellow AIDS patient (Jared Leto) and begins selling the treatments to the growing number of people who can’t wait for the medical establishment to save them.

Academy Awards Winner For:

  • Best Actor
  • Best Supporting Actor
  • Makeup and Hairstyling

20 Feet From Stardom (2013) – $3.99

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Filmmaker Morgan Neville shines a long-overdue spotlight on the hit-making contributions of longtime backup singers like Darlene Love and Merry Clayton.

Academy Awards Winner For:

  • Best Documentary Feature

Frozen (2013) – $3.99

frozen

When their kingdom becomes trapped in perpetual winter, fearless Anna (Kristen Bell) joins forces with mountaineer Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and his reindeer sidekick to find Anna’s sister, Snow Queen Elsa (Idina Menzel), and break her icy spell. Although their epic journey leads them to encounters with mystical trolls, a comedic snowman (Josh Gad), harsh conditions, and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff bravely push onward in a race to save their kingdom from winter’s cold grip.

Academy Awards Winner For:

  • Animated Feature
  • Best Original Song

Argo (2012) – $3.99

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On Nov. 4, 1979, militants storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran, Iran, taking 66 American hostages. Amid the chaos, six Americans manage to slip away and find refuge with the Canadian ambassador. Knowing that it’s just a matter of time before the refugees are found and likely executed, the U.S. government calls on extractor Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) to rescue them. Mendez’s plan is to pose as a Hollywood producer scouting locations in Iran and train the refugees to act as his “film” crew.

Academy Awards Winner For:

  • Best Picture
  • Adapted Screenplay
  • Editing

Silver LInings Playbook (2012) – $3.99

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After losing his job and wife, and spending time in a mental institution, Pat Solatano (Bradley Cooper) winds up living with his parents (Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver). He wants to rebuild his life and reunite with his wife, but his parents would be happy if he just shared their obsession with the Philadelphia Eagles. Things get complicated when Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), who offers to help him reconnect with his wife, if he will do something very important for her in exchange.

Academy Awards Winner For:

  • Leading Actress

Lincoln (2012) – $3.99

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With the nation embroiled in still another year with the high death count of Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis) brings the full measure of his passion, humanity and political skill to what would become his defining legacy: to end the war and permanently abolish slavery through the 13th Amendment. Having great courage, acumen and moral fortitude, Lincoln pushes forward to compel the nation, and those in government who oppose him, to aim toward a greater good for all mankind.

Academy Awards Winner For:

  • Best Actor
  • Production Design

The Artist (2011) – $3.99

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In the 1920s, actor George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is a bona fide matinee idol with many adoring fans. While working on his latest film, George finds himself falling in love with an ingenue named Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo) and, what’s more, it seems Peppy feels the same way. But George is reluctant to cheat on his wife with the beautiful young actress. The growing popularity of sound in movies further separates the potential lovers, as George’s career begins to fade while Peppy’s star rises.

Academy Awards Winner For:

  • Motion Picture of the Year
  • Best Actor
  • Directing
  • Costume Design
  • Music
  • Original Score

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