January 25, 2014 at 1:17 pm #136673
One of my favorite events of the Oscar season is almost upon us! TCM’s annual “31 Days of Oscar” marathon begins on Saturday, February 1, 2014. This year, the film groupings are by actual Oscar categories (last year’s groupings were by studios). First up is 1939’s Best Picture nominees (all 10 films, how fitting!), starting with “Goodbye, Mr. Chips” @ 6:00 AM ET. The marathon concludes on Monday, March 3. 2014, with the 1960 Best Special Effects nominees (“The Last Voyage” @ 2:00 AM ET).
Start planning your viewing schedules accordingly and give your DVR a good workout!
Here is the PDF schedule for this year’s selection of films:
Happy watching, everyone!January 25, 2014 at 1:32 pm #136675
I think they are also premiering a new documentary on the Academy Awards. I also look forward to this every year, although because of that I’ve now seen most of the films.January 26, 2014 at 1:11 am #136677
The film premiered on January 23, but will be on TCM on February 1.January 26, 2014 at 7:58 am #136678
I LOVE TCM!!!January 27, 2014 at 12:06 pm #136679
Thank you for posting the complete list of films playing during “31 Days of Oscar”. I force myself to see one major Oscar nominated film each week and I have now seen so many it can take some work to find something new to me. There are three or four movies that meet my resquirements (needs to be a best picture, directing or acting nominee or failing that I watch a best foreign language film nominee). I wil be recording best actor nominee “The Mark”, best actress nominee “The Letter” (the 1929 version) and best foreign language nominee “The Burmese Harp”. There may be a few more to see.February 1, 2014 at 8:26 am #136680
The marathon is in full swing! Now playing are the 1939 best picture nominees (all 10!). Also premiering tonight is the new TCM documentary “And the Oscar Goes to . . . ” (starting at 8 PM ET; replays afterwards). Some first films that I’ll try to watch are “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” (1939), “Dark Victory” (1939), “12 Angry Men” (1957), and “The Lost Weekend” (1945).February 1, 2014 at 5:19 pm #136681
Fascinating documentary so far.February 1, 2014 at 7:27 pm #136682
Yes, the documentary was nice (Perhaps a little too light and some focus on campaigning would’ve been interesting). It was very enjoyable to hear from a number of interviewees like Cher, Ellen Burstyn, Tom Hanks and Jane Fonda.February 1, 2014 at 7:39 pm #136683
I thought the documentary was nice.
But it sure is obvious Steven Spielberg is putting his $10 million donation to the Academy to good use. Does he really have to put his hands on everything? Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, Color Purple….all mentioned in the special in extended segments. I know Spielberg has seven directing noms…but Scorsese has more and he was barely covered besides comments that Raging Bull is a masterpiece. And nothing on Kathryn Bigelow being the first woman director to win. Nothing on John Ford being the most honored director. But of course, each of Spielberg’s noms is shown and the only thing he says of worth outside of fluff was that he never expected to win an Oscar. lol Why is he always trying so hard?
Also, they did have a bit part on the great filmmakers passed over by Oscar: Welles, Kubrick, Hitchcock, Hawkes, etc. As well as the foreign film giants of cinema: Kurosawa, Fellini, Bergman. I was surprised the Academy/TCM recognized that some great films were ignored. It is a conundrum….so many people tout the Oscar in Hollywood. Directors/talk it up, remember who won for which movies, admiring that amazing work, not realizing who was overlooked for superior efforts.February 1, 2014 at 8:02 pm #136684
They focused a lot on the wins of those who agreed (or were asked) to be interviewed. And Spielberg was one such interviewee. And there was a definite focus on more recent times (1970s-present). Scorsese lives in NYC (and according to one poster) only flies on private jets, so getting him to fly out to LA for an interview was probably too much.February 1, 2014 at 8:09 pm #136685
It just bugs me that they have Spielberg to ask him anything about the Oscars and nothing is ever asked about Saving Private Ryan losing or how it felt to go 20 years of his films racking up awards before he finally won. It just bothers me how these things always become about Spielberg as the only director. Maybe that’s why the American public always thinks of him first when they think of directors? He’s calculating for that film that finally wins him another Oscar….February 1, 2014 at 10:46 pm #136686
Well maybe I’m biased towards Spielberg (as he’s my favorite, Scorsese’s a close second though) and maybe I shouldn’t comment having not seen the doc yet, but he his a pretty great director with a pretty stellar nomination record. Scorsese beat his director noms after the doc was made, and Spielberg actually has more total noms through producing. Basically what I’m trying to say is that he deserved whatever screentime he got. Should they have devoted more time to others? Maybe. I don’t know. I haven’t seen it. Can’t comment. Probably. But what’s wrong with showing Spielberg some love?February 2, 2014 at 7:14 am #136687
Personally, I think Spielberg hates the Academy, but has his publicist control the questions he’s asked because he doesn’t want to ruffle any feathers or appear ungrateful for the 3 awards he does have and his unmatched status in the industry. (Hence his ridiculous comment in the documentary: “I never expected to win an Oscar.”) His reputation in the industry undercuts that, as being very studio serving, pro-Hollywood, and very focused on audience and grosses when his contemporaries weren’t. The only genuine reaction that exists is probably the video of him watching the 1975 nominations and bitching when he isn’t nominated for Best Director. There were other great American directors who were barely mentioned: Clint Eastwood, for instance, another one. It’s not that Spielberg shouldn’t be shown any love, just that he gets enough and goes through great efforts to get his hands on everything regarding legacy and PR.February 2, 2014 at 10:09 am #136688
I didn’t sense a Spielberg excess here. It was a strong documentary for what it was, and I liked the clips and interviews (Helen Mirren was particularly candid; and personally, I thought it was cool that J-Hud was in this too). I would have wanted it to be longer to be honest. It was pretty much 90 minutes, and something like this could have been hours and not have been enough for some. It was sad seeing footage from some of our recent departed (Maximilian Schell immediately comes to mind along with some others). I taped this, so I’ll be watching it again soon for more of the footage.