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Watch Oscar-Caliber Talent on CBS and Paramount+

Paramount+ boasts some serious talent, including Oscar winners Allison Janney, Rita Moreno, and Jordan Peele.

Photo credits: (Janney) Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic/Getty Images; (Moreno) Bettmann Collection/Getty Images; (Peele) Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images

11 award-worthy performances from folks who've been nominated (or won!) an Academy Award

By Nate Millado

You've seen them dazzle on the red carpet—and march up to the podium to accept golden statuettes. Now you can see them from the comfort of your couch on Paramount+! The streaming service boasts some serious talent, including these 11 award-winning actors and directors.



Allison Janney

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Allison Janney as Bonnie on CBS' Mom.

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Oscar winner for: I, Tonya as disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding's abusive mother, LaVonaearning the 2018 best supporting actress trophy.

Watch her in: Mom. Six-time Emmy winner Allison Janney juggles drama and comedy with aplomb, and her impeccable timing as Bonnie is on full display in her hit CBS sitcom.

Mom airs Thursday nights at 9/8c on CBS. Stream Season 8 on Paramount+.

Rita Moreno

Rita Moreno with hands on hips in One Day At A Time

Rita Moreno as Lydia Riera in One Day at a Time.

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Oscar winner for: West Side Story, singing and dancing her way to the 1962 best supporting actress statuette as Anita—and becoming the first Hispanic woman to win an Academy Award.

Watch her in: One Day at a Time, stealing scenes as sassy and super-flirty abuela Lydia Riera. No wonder she's achieved rare EGOT status, winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony!

Stream episodes of One Day at a Time on Paramount+.

Jordan Peele

Jordan Peele in a suit as the Narrator

Jordan Peele as the Narrator of the Paramount+ series The Twilight Zone.

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Oscar winner for: Get Out. In addition to picking up the 2018 best original screenplay Oscar, Jordan Peele's film was nominated for best picture and he was nominated for best director.

Watch him in: The Twilight Zone. The mastermind behind socially conscious horror flicks Get Out and Us is the perfect heir to the Narrator's throne. Like Rod Serling's OG sci-fi series, Peele's Zone is chock-full of shocking twists and make-you-think moments, with occasional Easter eggs for longtime fans. Also catch him in Comedy Central's sketch series Key & Peele alongside fellow funnyman Keegan-Michael Key.

Stream The Twilight Zone and Key & Peele on Paramount+.

Greg Kinnear

Greg Kinnear in a beanie and sweater

Greg Kinnear as Glen Bateman of the Paramount+ series The Stand.

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Oscar nominee for: As Good As It Gets. Greg Kinnear earned a 1998 best supporting actor nod for playing gay artist Simon Bishop, neighbor to misanthropic Melvin (Jack Nicholson).

Watch him in: The Stand, as former sociology professor Glen Bateman in the epic Stephen King limited series. Kinnear says he channeled King himself when playing the part.

Stream The Stand on Paramount+.

Queen Latifah

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Queen Latifah as Robyn McCall in CBS' The Equalizer.

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Oscar nominee for: Chicago, showcasing her singing and acting chops as no-nonsense prison matron Mama Morton in the best picture–winning movie musical. Queen Latifah lost the 2003 best supporting actress award to co-star Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Watch her in: The Equalizer. As Robyn McCall—a former CIA operative and single mom turned badass vigilante—she throws a lifeline to desperate folks at the end of their rope.

The Equalizer airs Sundays at 8/7c on CBS. Stream it on Paramount+.

Laurence Fishburne

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Laurence Fishburne in BET's Madiba.

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Oscar nominee for: What's Love Got To Do With It as Tina Turner's abusive husband, Ike. Both he and co-star Angela Bassett received 1994 nominations for best actor and actress, respectively.

Watch him in: Madiba, BET's three-part miniseries chronicling the triumphs and tribulations of South African activist and leader Nelson Mandela.

Stream Madiba on Paramount+.

Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg as Mother Abagail of The Stand

Whoopi Goldberg as Mother Abagail of The Stand.

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Oscar winner for: Ghost. Whoopi Goldberg won the 1991 Academy Award for best supporting actress for playing medium Oda May Brown, through whom Patrick Swayze's Sam communicates with his wife (Demi Moore) from beyond. Forget the pottery scene—Ghost's lasting legacy is Oda May's classic line: "Molly…you in danger, girl." Goldberg also scored a 1986 best actress nom for The Color Purple.

Watch her in: The Stand. The EGOT winner realized a 30-year dream by playing Mother Abagail in Stephen King's epic saga (Goldberg missed out on the role of the 108-year-old prophet in the original 1994 miniseries).

Stream The Stand on Paramount+.

Richard Linklater

Richard Linklater behind the scenes

Filmmaker Richard Linklater appearing on the docuseries That Animal Show.

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Oscar nominee for: Boyhood, Richard Linklater's ambitious ode to growing up shot over 12 years. Although the filmmaker earned nods for best picture, director, and original screenplay in 2015, Linklater and his Oscar front-runner ultimately lost to Birdman.

Watch him in: That Animal Rescue Show, a heart-tugging love letter to the animal rescue community in and around Linklater's hometown of Austin, Texas. The 10-episode feel-good series provides a glimpse into the life-changing bond between people who have dedicated their lives to rescue and the animals who rescue them in return.

Stream That Animal Rescue Show on Paramount+.

Ron Howard

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Ron Howard in Happy Days.

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Oscar winner for: A Beautiful Mind, the best picture–winning biopic about American mathematician John Nash (Russell Crowe), earned Ron Howard the 2002 best director trophy. (He also nabbed noms in 2009 for producing and directing Frost/Nixon.)

Watch him in: Happy Days. Before he was an Oscar-winning filmmaker, Ron Howard was quintessential All-American teenager Richie Cunningham in the idyllic 1950s-set sitcom.

Stream episodes of Happy Days on Paramount+.

Patricia Arquette

Patricia Arquette in Medium

Patricia Arquette in Medium.

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Oscar winner for: Boyhood, playing Mason's beleaguered single mom. The 12-years-in-the-making, coming-of-age drama earned Patricia Arquette the 2015 best supporting actress award.

Watch her in: Medium. Arquette picked up an Emmy in 2005 for playing Allison Dubois.

Stream Medium on Paramount+.

Judd Hirsch

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Judd Hirsch in Superior Donuts.

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Oscar nominee for: Ordinary People. Judd Hirsch was nominated in the 1981 best supporting actor category opposite his co-star—and eventual champ—Timothy Hutton. Hirsch played Dr. Berger, a therapist helping a grief-stricken teen grappling with survivor's guilt following the accidental death of his older brother. The searing family drama was Robert Redford's directorial debut and changed the way the world saw Mary Tyler Moore (a best actress nominee).

Watch him in: Superior Donuts, as a gruff donut shop owner, and the classic sitcom Taxi.


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