Streampix Watch: Your Definitive Guide to This Year’s Oscar Nominees

by | February 27, 2014 at 12:31 PM | Oscars, XFINITY Streampix

Matthew McConaughey is "Dazed and Confused" (Universal Studios Entertainment)

With the Academy Awards slated for this Sunday, Streampix offers a final chance to catch all the nominees in some of the roles (or earlier directorial work) that led up to their definitive moment, whether it’s Christian Bale terrorizing Wall Street yuppies in “American Psycho” or Matthew McConaughey’s portrait of the Oscar nominee as a young pothead in the cult classic “Dazed and Confused” to David O. Russell’s Gulf War drama “Three Kings.”

Here’s a curated selection of 10 Streampix features that contain the work of this year’s Oscar nominees:

Notting Hill”: Julia Roberts, who received her fourth overall Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress in “August: Osage County,” previously won a Best Actress Academy Award in 2000 for playing the title-role as the cleavage-bearing whistle-blower in “Erin Brockovich.” She plays an American superstar actress in director Roger Michell’s 1999 romantic comedy opposite Hugh Grant as a bookstore owner who overcame their differences to live happily ever after. She received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for the performance.

Dazed and Confused”: Adapted screenplay nominee Richard Linklater’s 1993 coming-of-age cult film co-starred Matthew McConaughey, the odds-on favorite to win a Best Actor Oscar this year for his role as a man with AIDS who makes illicit meds available to fellow victims in “Dallas Buyers Club.” McConaughey makes his big screen debut as David Wooderson, the high school graduate stoner who hangs around long after his classmates have split. Classic scenes: McConaughey smokes grass on the 50-yard line of the football field, then splits with his pals on a road trip to buy tickets for an Aerosmith concert.

Murder by Numbers”: Oscar winner Sandra Bullock, who took home Best Actress honors in 2010 for her role in “The Blind Side” as a football mom who takes an underprivileged player into her home, stars as a homicide detective who suspects a pair of high school students (Ryan Gosling, Michael Pitt) of being unlikely partners in a grisly killing in this 2002 movie directed by Barbet Schroeder. Bullock received her second Academy Award nomination this year for her tour de force role as an astronaut literally lost in space in multi-nominated Best Picture candidate “Gravity.”

American Psycho”: Best Actor nominee Christian Bale, receiving the nod for his portrayal of scammer Irving Rosenfeld in “American Hustle,” won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 2011 for David O. Russell’s previous film, “The Fighter” as broke-down prize fighter Dicky Ecklund. In Mary Harron’s 2000 adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ controversial 1991 novel about yuppie serial killer Jason Bateman, he acts opposite the odds-on favorite to win this year’s Best Supporting Actor Oscar in Jared Leto, up for his performance as the doomed transgender Rayon in “Dallas Buyers Club.”

Elizabeth”: Cate Blanchett, the pick by most experts to take home this year’s Best Actress Oscar for her role as the disgraced New York socialite in Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine,” earned her very first Academy Award nomination for this sumptuous, Best Picture candidate based on the early reign of England’s Queen Elizabeth I, who political duties clashed with her love for Joseph Fiennes’ Earl of Leicester. Blanchett won her only Academy Award as Best Supporting Actress for playing Katharine Hepburn in Martin Scorsese’s 2005 biopic “The Aviator,” opposite this year’s Oscar nominee Leonardo DiCaprio as Howard Hughes. She also received nominations for Best Supporting Actress in “Notes on a Scandal” in 2006 (opposite this year’s Best Actress nominee Judi Dench, and was simultaneously up for Best Actress (“Elizabeth: The Golden Age”) and Best Supporting Actress (“I’m Not There,” playing Bob Dylan) in 2007.

Three Kings”: Oscar-nominated “American Hustle” director David O. Russell directed and wrote this audacious blend of satire, drama and action as four G.I.’s at the close of the Gulf War try to steal a hidden cache of gold, starring George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, rapper Ice Cube and Academy Award-nominated “Her” writer/director Spike Jonze. This year marks his third consecutive nomination for Best Director, following “The Fighter” and “Silver Linings Playbook.”

Before Sunset”: Richard Linklater, who is up for an Adapted Screenplay Oscar with collaborators Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke for his work on the third installment of the trilogy, “Before Midnight,” did similar honors on this 2004 sequel to 1995’s “Before Sunrise.” In the second part, the former lovers reunite in Paris to hash over their romance nine years after their first encounter.

Being John Malkovich”: Oscar-nominated Spike Jonze’s 1999 sci-fi hybrid, acollaboration with writer Charlie Kaufman, received three Academy Award nominations itself, including Best Director, an honor which eluded him this year. In the film, John Cusack plays a puppeteer who finds himself inside the body of the titular actor, as Jonze explores many of the mind-body dichotomy issues he does so marvelously in the near-future “Her.”

IMAX Hubble 3D”: Oscar-nominated Best Actor Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Wolf of Wall Street”) narrates this real-life version of Best Picture candidate “Gravity” in which the Hubble Space Telescope’s intergalactic travels are showcased in 3D in the seventh film from the award-winning IMAX Space team, whose efforts have managed to preserve one of NASA’s greatest accomplishments.

The Seduction of Joe Tynan”: Best Actress nominee Meryl Streep (“August: Osage County”) didn’t receive one of her 18 Oscar nominations for this 1979 political drama written and directed by sta Alan Alda, though she did garner Supporting Actress honors from several critics’ groups, including New York and Los Angeles. She’ll be looking for her fourth Academy Award win on Sunday night, to go along with her Best Actress wins for “Sophie’s Choice” (1982) and “The Iron Lady” (2011) and Best Supporting Actress honors for “Kramer vs. Kramer” (1979).