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It was a star-studded, Seth MacFarlane-filled evening at last night’s 85th Annual Academy Awards.

As always, there were a few surprise winners. Christoph Waltz shocked the audience by winning his second Oscar for Best Supporting Actor as Dr. King Schultz in Django Unchained, besting favored nominees Robert DeNiro in Silver Linings Playbook and Tommy Lee Jones in Lincoln. 22-year old Jennifer Lawrence was so overwhelmed to receive her first Oscar that she tripped coming up to the podium to accept her award for Best Leading Actress for playing a troubled widow in Silver Linings Playbook. In a stacked field, Ang Lee took home Oscar gold for his direction in the iconic The Life of Pi.

This year’s awards also included some amazing musical performances. Similar to the 007 Collection currently available on the Video Unlimited service, the Academy Awards took time to honor 50 years of James Bond including a special tribute and montage of some of the best Bond moments in history. Singer Shirley Bassey performed her iconic theme song for Goldfinger and Adele performed the newest Bond anthem “Skyfall” later in the evening.

Inspired by the recent musical sensation Les Misérables, last night’s Academy Awards paid tribute to hit musical films. Catherine Zeta Jones performed “All that Jazz” from the Oscar winning film Chicago, one of a few shout-outs this decade-old film received, followed by Jennifer Hudson’s performance of “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” from Dreamgirls. The segment closed with the entire cast of Les Misérables, including Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe, performing the song “One Day More,” one of the most moving numbers from the film.

In the end, the prize of the night – Best Picture – went to Argo, the story of a CIA mission to rescue diplomats in Iran. The award was accepted by Producers Grant Heslov, George Clooney, and a tearful Ben Affleck who last received an Academy Award as the writer and creator of the movie, Good Will Hunting.

The full list of winners is below. And you can find many of the 2013 nominees on the Video Unlimited service here.

Best Picture: “Argo
Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln”
Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained”
Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, “Les Misérables”
Animated Feature: “Brave
Cinematography: Claudio Miranda, “Life of Pi
Costume Design: Jacqueline Durran, “Anna Karenina”
Director: Ang Lee, “Life of Pi
Documentary Feature: “Searching for Sugar Man
Documentary Short: “Inocente”
Film Editing: William Goldenberg, “Argo
Foreign Language Film: “Amour,” Austria
Makeup and Hairstyling: “Les Misérables”
Original Score: Mychael Danna, “Life of Pi
Original Song: “Skyfall” from “Skyfall,” music and lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth
Production Design: “Lincoln”
Animated Short: “Paperman
Live Action Short: “Curfew”
Sound Editing: “Skyfall” & “Zero Dark Thirty”
Sound Mixing: “Les Misérables”
Visual Effects: “Life of Pi
Adapted Screenplay: “Argo,” Chris Terrio
Original Screenplay: “Django Unchained,” Quentin Tarantino

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Last week the nominees for the 85th Academy Awards were announced, honoring the best films, performances and technical achievements in 2012.

In case you missed them at the box office, a number of those movies, along with many of nominees from past years, are available on the Video Unlimited service right now.

Find this year’s nominees like Brave, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Searching for Sugar Man, and more along with past nominees and winners like The Descendants, Margin Call, The Help and many more all by navigating within the Video Store to Movies > Collections > Oscar Nominated Films and then selecting either Oscar Nominees or Oscar Winners.

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If you were up early this morning, you may have watched Emma Stone and Seth MacFarlane announce the nominees for the 2013 Academy Awards. If not, we’re here to help.

To the surprise of very few, Lincoln dominated the nominations, with 12 nods including Best Director, Steven Spielberg), Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis), Best Picture and a host of others.

Silver Linings Playbook also received multiple nominations – eight in all – for Best Picture, Best Actress (Jennifer Lawrence), Best Director (David O. Russell) and more.

In addition to Silver Linings Playbook and Lincoln, the Best Picture field also includes AmourDjango UnchainedLes MisérablesLife of PiArgoBeasts of the Southern Wild and Zero Dark Thirty.

One big surprise was that Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow were not among the Best Director nominees,though the movies they helmed, Argo and Zero Dark Thirty respectively, were both included in the Best Picture category. Instead the Best Director nominations included Spielberg, Russell, Michael Haneke (Amour), Ang Lee (Life of Pi) and Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild).

MacFarlane, who in addition to announcing the nominees will also be hosting the awards ceremony on February 24th, even scored a nomination himself: Best Original Song for “Everybody Needs a Best Friend” from his movie Ted. 

Check out the full list of nominees across all categories here.

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It was Hollywood’s biggest night as the movie industry celebrated the 84th Academy Awards®. Host Billy Crystal returned and brought his familiar routines, montages and other bits back to the proceedings while presenters from Will Ferrell/Zack Galifianakis, Ben Stiller/Emma Stone, the cast of Bridesmaids, Robert Downey Jr./Gwyneth Paltrow and others presented the good news to some and disappointing news to others.

Artistic accomplishment was recognized time and time again as awards went to the black-and-white silent film The Artist, a movie that’s captivated critics and audiences alike with its charms. The movie racked up awards for Best Picture, Actor in a Leading Role, Directing and more.

Also taking home Oscar statues in the major categories were Meryl Streep for her performance as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, Christopher Plummer as a father finally finally coming to terms with who he is in Beginners and Octavia Spencer’s turn in the civil rights drama The Help.

You can view the entire list of winners on but here’s who won some of the evening’s most coveted awards. And don’t forget to check out the Video Unlimited service, where you can find winners like The Help, Beginners, Midnight in Paris and Rango as well as nominated films Drive, Moneyball and others.

Best Picture: The Artist
Actor in a Leading Role: Jean Dujardin in “The Artist”
Actor in a Supporting Role: Christopher Plummer in “Beginners”
Actress in a Leading Role: Meryl Streep in “The Iron Lady”
Actress in a Supporting Role: Octavia Spencer in “The Help”
Animated Feature Film: Rango

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The psychological thriller Dream House chills New Releases this week. Daniel Craig stars as a mental patient who lives a delusional life with the memory of his murdered wife and daughters in his old, abandoned house. Rent or own this movie in 1080p HD or SD!

In Time hits Movies with a dystopian look into the future where people must earn more living time after 25 or die. Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Cillian Murphy and Olivia Wilde lead the cast.

Before it’s released in theatres, you can watch Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie in Rent Now in the US. Written and directed by comedy duo Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, the hilarious film includes a supporting cast of Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Zach Galifianakis, Will Forte and Jeff Goldblum.

Kiefer Sutherland’s new show “Touch” premieres this week in TV Shows. Sutherland plays a former journalist whose mute son has the ability to predict the future. For a limited time, download the pilot episode for free.

Catch up on nominated movies before the 84th Academy Awards® with Oscar® Nominated Films in Collections & Sales. Get access to this year’s contenders like Moneyball and The Help plus other timeless favorites all in one place. Learn more right here.

Horror flicks scare up Own $5 Films. This week, spend just five bucks to own films in SD like Saw, The Blair Witch Project, The Hills Have Eyes and Jennifer’s Body. Plus, great selections from the Underworld and Resident Evil franchises.

Here’s what else is in store…

New Release Movies

US Store: Dream House, In Time, The Thing, Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie, 2-Headed Shark Attack, Dead Hooker in a Trunk, Winter Wars, The Big Year, Thunder Soul, London Boulevard, Treasure Buddies, and many more.

Canada Store: Dream House, In Time, The Thing, Dead Hooker in a Trunk, Winter Wars, Afghan Luke, Treasure Buddies, and many more.

Just In TV

US Store: Touch: Season 1, Adventure Time: Season 4, Kyle XY: Season 3, Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom, and many more.

Canada Store: Touch: Season 1, Misfits: Season 3, Smash: Season 1, An Idiot Abroad: Season 2, Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom, and many more.

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