Now that the smoke has cleared at the Oscars and Argo, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jennifer Lawrence, Christoph Waltz, Anne Hathaway, and Ang Lee have all taken home their trophies for the major awards, it’s natural not to want to let the moment end. But except for Argo, none of the winning movies are out on VOD yet, so if you need a little more J-Law or A-Hath or, uh, D.D.-Lew? D-Day-Lew? (not every name really works for that), we’ve assembled some of the best past work by the 2013 Oscar winners, all available to watch instantly at Blockbuster On Demand!
Daniel Day Lewis, Best Actor for Lincoln
We don’t know about you but we were struck during DDL’s unprecedented third Best Actor acceptance speech by what a diminutive, unassuming, small-voiced, slightly effeminate fellow he is, in stark contrast to his other two Oscar-winning performances: in My Left Foot, where he played a sclerotic poet either drinking, verbally abusing someone, or convulsing (usually more than one at a time); and even more so, in There Will Be Blood, where he played deep-voiced, imposing, intimidating oil baron Daniel Plainview. Has anyone else ever actually been able to make their eyes gleam with evil? DDL does it here, and it’s the most impressive transformation into a character we can think of.
Jennifer Lawrence, Best Actress for Silver Linings Playbook
Could this gal have stolen America’s heart any more decisively than she did Sunday night? Did you see her meet Jack Nicholson? Is there anyone not on board with Jennifer Lawrence right now? Her performance in Silver Linings Playbook was great: manic and charming at the same time (not an easy combination to pull off), so if you’re hankering for more, her Oscar-nominated turn in Winter’s Bone as a young girl taking care of her siblings and mentally ill mother in dirt-poor Missouri meth country should get you over the hump. It’s a very different performance from Silver Linings, but then that’s why they hand out trophies for this kind of thing. Likewise, Lawrence provided a welcome shot of both pathos and charisma in the role of shapeshifting alien Mystique in X-Men: First Class.
Anne Hathaway, Best Supporting Actress for Les Miserables
In the whole field of Oscar nominees, the easiest one to bet money on to win was Anne Hathaway for her role in Les Mis. It’s hard to find anything as intense or as soul-baring as that in her previous work — or anyone’s, for that matter — but to show how much range she has, don’t forget she was a shining bright spot in The Dark Knight Rises, the super intense, perhaps too grim capper to Christopher Read More