One thing about watching the Oscars: It makes you want to see the movies that won awards. Many pundits observed that this was a relatively quiet year for movies, and the films that were nominated and even those that won weren’t blockbusters that everyone saw. In fact, they weren’t. They tended to be smaller, more personal or slightly outside the mainstream. But now many of the films that won Academy Awards are available on XFINITY On Demand, or they will be soon, and the best part about watching On Demand is that you always get the best seat in the house. Below is a schedule of winners on XFINITY On Demand. Watch a preview online or click Watch OnDemand and use xfinityTV.com to purchase the movie on your TV.
BEGINNERS (Available Now)
From writer/director Mike Mills comes Beginners, a comedy/drama about how deeply funny and transformative life can be, even at its most serious moments. Christopher Plummer won the Best Supporting Actor for his role as a 75-year-old man who, following the death of his wife of 45 years, came out of the closet to live a full, energized, and wonderfully tumultuous gay life.
THE HELP (AVAILABLE NOW)
A 1960s-era Mississippi debutante sends her community into an uproar by conducting a series of probing interviews with the black servants behind some of her community’s most prominent families. Octavia Spencer won Best Supporting Actress for her role as Minny Jackson, an outspoken, independent maid known for her culinary skills.
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MIDNIGHT IN PARIS (AVAILABLE NOW)
Woody Allen’s romantic comedy about a family on a business trip in the City of Light. As a young couple engaged to be married experiences a profound transformation during their visit to Paris, an idealistic man with a romanticized view of the city finds that there’s plenty of truth to that old adage about the grass being greener on the other side.
HUGO (AVAILABLE NOW)
Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of Brian Selznick’s award-winning novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret stars Asa Butterfield, as an orphan boy who lives in a Parisian train station. Sent to live with his drunken uncle after his father’s death in a fire, Hugo learned how to wind the massive clocks that run throughout the station.
THE DESCENDANTS (Available March 13)
A wealthy father (George Clooney) looks after his two daughters after their mother suffers a life-threatening accident, and makes a shocking discovery about his marriage in this comedy drama from director Alexander Payne (Sideways, About Schmidt).
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO (Available March 20)
A discredited journalist (Daniel Craig) and a mysterious computer hacker discover that even the wealthiest families have skeletons in their closets while working to solve the mystery of a 40-year-old murder in this David Fincher-directed remake of the 2009 Swedish thriller of the same name. Inspired by late author Stieg Larsson’s successful trilogy of books.
THE MUPPETS (Available March 20)
When an evil oil man discovers black gold beneath Muppet Theater, Kermit recruits a Muppet super-fan and his two best friends to help gather up the gang for a telethon that will save the venue from being razed and replaced with a giant oil pump.