TCM’s 31 Days of Oscar Begins Tomorrow!

31 Days of Oscar-winning and Oscar-nominated films? This is why I love Oscar season so much. Turner Classic Movies doesn’t stick with just classics, they’ve got things as new as 2003’s The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King on their schedule. 31 days of non-stop Oscar is a lot to handle, so I thought I’d give y’all a little help. So with this post I’ll go from February 1st through the 7th and tell you what I’m looking forward to the most. Some of these picks are films I’ve already seen, but recommend you watch if you haven’t, and some are films that I’ll be watching for the very first time. I’ll do the same for the other three weeks of their schedule as well.

Taking a look at this, I’ve realized I’m not really much help because I’m pretty much listing everything they’re showing. Oh well. I’ve included some details of the films, as well as what Oscars the films were nominated and/or won.

Tuesday, February 1st

11:15AM (EST): The Thin Man (1934) – A husband-and-wife detective team takes on the search for a missing inventor and almost get killed for their efforts. Cast: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Maureen O’Sullivan, Nat Pendleton Dir: W. S. Van Dyke BW-91 mins, TV-G Awards/Nominations: Best Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director, Best Picture (no wins)

1:00PM (EST): Citizen Kane (1941) – The investigation of a publishing tycoon’s dying words reveals conflicting stories about his scandalous life. Cast: Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Agnes Moorehead, Ruth Warrick Dir: Orson Welles BW-120 mins, TV-PG Awards/Nominations: Best Best Score, Best Sound, Best Editing, Best B&W Cinematography, Best B&W Art Direction, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay (won) and Best Picture.

3:00PM (EST): The Great Dictator (1940) – A Jewish barber takes the place of a war-hungry dictator. Cast: Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Jack Oakie, Reginald Gardiner Dir: Charles Chaplin BW-125 mins, TV-PG Awards/Nominations: Best Score, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor, Best Actor, Best Picture. (no wins)

5:15PM (EST): Richard III (1955) – A hunchbacked madman plots to make himself king of England. Cast: Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson, Claire Bloom, Sir Cedric Hardwicke Dir: Laurence Olivier C-158 mins, TV-PG Awards/Nominations: Best Actor. (no wins)

8:00PM (EST): The Private Life Of Henry VIII (1933) – The famed English monarch suffers through five of his six disastrous marriages. Cast: Charles Laughton, Merle Oberon, Wendy Barrie, Elsa Lanchester Dir: Alexander Korda BW-94 mins, TV-PG Awards/Nominations: Best Actor (won), Best Picture.

Wednesday, February 2nd

12:15AM (EST): Anne Of The Thousand Days (1969) – Anne Boleyn fights to keep Henry VIII’s love and her head in the midst of palace intrigue. Cast: Richard Burton, Genevieve Bujold, Irene Papas, Anthony Quayle Dir: Charles Jarrott C-145 mins, TV-14 Awards/Nominations: Best Costume Design (won), Best Sound, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Actress, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Cinematography, Best Original Score, Best Picture.

4:30AM (EST): Anthony Adverse (1936) – An orphan runs off to a life of adventure, then returns to France in search of the girl he left behind. Cast: Fredric March, Olivia de Havilland, Donald Woods, Anita Louise Dir: Mervyn LeRoy BW-141 mins, TV-G Awards/Nominations: Best Supporitng Actress (won), Best Film Editing (won), Best Cinematography (won), Best Score (won), Best Art Direction, Best Assistant Director, Best Picture.

7:00AM (EST): The Great Waltz (1938) – Composer Johann Strauss risks his marriage over his infatuation with a beautiful singer.
Cast: Luise Rainer, Fernand Gravet, Miliza Korjus, Hugh Herbert Dir: Julien Duvivier BW-104 mins, TV-G Awards/Nominations: Best Supporting Actress, Best Cinematography (won), Best Editing.

8:45AM (EST): The Little Foxes (1941) – An ambitious woman takes on her corrupt brothers and honest husband in her drive for wealth. Cast: Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall, Teresa Wright, Richard Carlson Dir: William Wyler BW-116 mins, TV-PG Awards/Nominations: Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress (Theresa Wright and Patricia Collinge), Best B&W Art Direction, Best Director, Best Film Editing, Best Score, Best Screenplay, Best Picture. (no wins)

2:15PM (EST): The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter (1968) A deaf mute changes the lives of all he meets. Cast: Alan Arkin, Chuck McCann, Stacy Keach Jr., Peter Mamakos Dir: Robert Ellis Miller C-124 mins, TV-PG Awards/Nominations: Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress. (no wins)

6:15PM (EST): The Moon Is Blue (1953) – Two womanizers fall for a woman determined to keep her virginity. Cast: William Holden, David Niven, Maggie McNamara, Tom Tully Dir: Otto Preminger BW-99 mins, TV-PG Awards/Nominations: Best Actress, Best Score, Best Editing. (no wins)

8:00PM (EST): Five Easy Pieces (1970) – A classical pianist who’s dropped out of society returns to the family he deserted. Cast: Jack Nicholson, Karen Black, Lois Smith, Susan Anspach Dir: Bob Rafelson C-98 mins, TV-MA Awards/Nominations: Best Original Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress, Best Actor, Best Picture. (no wins)

10:00PM (EST): Terms of Endearment (1983) – A mother-daughter relationship survives years of rivalry and romantic problems. Cast: Shirley MacLaine, Jack Nicholson, Debra Winger, Jeff Daniels, John Lithgow Dir: James L. Brooks C-132 mins, TV-MA Awards/Nominations: Best Sound, Best Score, Best Film Editing, Best Art Direction, Best Actress (Debra Winger), Best Supporting Actor (John Lithgow), Best Adapted Screenplay (won), Best Supporting Actor – Jack Nicholson (won), Best Actress – Shirley MacLaine (won), Best Director (won), Best Picture (won).

Thursday, February 3rd

12:30AM (EST): Easy Rider (1969) A cross-country trip to sell drugs puts two hippie bikers on a collision course with small-town prejudices. Cast:Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Antonio Mendoza, Phil Spector, Jack Nicholson Dir: Dennis Hopper C-96 mins, TV-MA Awards/Nominations: Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Screenplay. (no wins)

2:15AM (EST): The Last Detail (1973) – Two shore patrolmen decide to show a prisoner a good time on his way to the brig. Cast: Jack Nicholson, Otis Young, Randy Quaid, Clifton James Dir: Hal Ashby C-104 mins, TV-MA Awards/Nominations: Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay. (no wins)

6:00AM (EST): Witness For The Prosecution (1957) – A British lawyer gets caught up in a couple’s tangled marital affairs when he defends the husband for murder. Cast: Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton, Elsa Lanchester Dir: Billy Wilder BW-116 mins, TV-PG Awards/Nominations: Best Sound, Best Film Editing, Best Supporting Actress, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Picture. (no wins)

8:00AM (EST): Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? (1966) – An academic couple reveal their deepest secret to a pair of newcomers during an all-night booze fest. Cast: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal, Sandy Dennis Dir: Mike Nichols BW-131 mins, TV-MA Awards/Nominations: Best Sound, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Score, Best Film Editing, Best B&W Costume Design (won), Best B&W Cinematography (won), Best B&W Art Direction (won), Best Supporting Actress (won), Best Supporting Actor, Best Actress (won), Best Actor, Best Director and Best Picture.

10:30AM (EST): Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967) – An aging couple’s liberal principles are tested when their daughter announces her engagement to a black doctor. Cast: Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier, Katharine Hepburn, Katharine Houghton Dir: Stanley Kramer C-108 mins, TV-PG Awards/Nominations: Best Adapted Score, Best Film Editing, Best Art Direction, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Actor, Best Actress (won), Best Original Screenplay (won), Best Director, Best Picture.

12:30PM (EST): Johnny Belinda (1948) – A small-town doctor helps a deaf-mute farm girl learn to communicate. Cast: Jane Wyman, Lew Ayres, Charles Bickford, Agnes Moorehead Dir: Jean Negulesco BW-102 mins, TV-G Awards/Nominations: Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best B&W Art Direction, Best B&W Cinematography, Best Director, Best Sound, Best Film Editing, Best Score, Best Screenplay, Best Actress (won), Best Picture

2:30PM (EST): For Whom The Bell Tolls (1943) – A U.S. mercenary and an army of peasants fight for Spain. Cast: Gary Cooper, Ingrid Bergman, Akim Tamiroff, Arturo de Córdova Dir: Sam Wood C-156 mins, TV-PG Awards/Nominations: Best Supporting Actress (won), Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Actress, Best Color Art Direction, Best Color Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Score, Best Picture.

5:30PM (EST): A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) – A fading southern belle tries to build a new life with her sister in New Orleans.
Cast: Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter, Karl Malden Dir: Elia Kazan BW-125 mins, TV-PG Awards/Nominations: Best B&W Cinematography, Best B&W Costume Design, Best Score, Best Sound, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Director, Best B&W Art Direction (won), Best Actress (won), Best Supporting Actress (won), Best Supporting Actor (won) and Best Picture.

Friday, February 4th

2:00AM (EST): The Divorcee (1930) – The double standard destroys a liberal couple’s marriage. Cast: Norma Shearer, Chester Morris, Conrad Nagel, Robert Montgomery Dir: Robert Z. Leonard BW-82 mins, TV-G Awards/Nominations: Best Writing, Best Actress (won), Best Director, Best Picture.

7:00AM (EST): Separate Tables (1958) – The boarders at an English resort struggle with emotional problems. Cast: Deborah Kerr, Rita Hayworth, David Niven, Wendy Hiller Dir: Delbert Mann BW-100 mins, TV-G Awards/Nominations: Best Actor (won), Best Supporting Actress (won), Best Actress, Best B&W Cinematography, Best Score, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Picture.

2:45PM (EST): The Lion In Winter (1968) – England’s Henry II and his estranged queen battle over the choice of an heir. Cast: Peter O’Toole, Katharine Hepburn, Jane Merrow, John Castle Dir: Anthony Harvey C-134 mins, TV-14 Awards/Nominations: Best Actress (won), Best Score (won), Best Adapted Screenplay (won), Best Actor, Best Costume Design, Best Director, Best Picture.

5:15PM (EST): Funny Girl (1968) – Comedienne Fanny Brice fights to prove that she can be the greatest star and find romance even though she isn’t pretty. Cast: Barbra Streisand, Omar Sharif, Kay Medford, Anne Francis Dir: William Wyler C-157 mins, TV-PG Awards/Nominations: Best Actress (won), Best Supporting Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Original Song, Best Score of a Musical Picture (Original or Adaptation), Best Sound and Best Picture.

10:00PM (EST): The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957) – The Japanese Army forces World War II POWs to build a strategic bridge in Burma. Cast: William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Sessue Hayakawa Dir: David Lean C-162 mins, TV-PG Awards/Nominations: Best Actor (won), Best Supporting Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Director (won), Best Film Editing (won), Best Score (won), Best Adapted Screenplay (won), Best Picture.

Saturday, February 5th

7:15AM (EST): Othello (1965) – A famed general convinces himself that his wife is unfaithful. Cast: Laurence Olivier, Frank Finlay, Maggie Smith, Robert Lang Dir: Stuart Burge C-166 mins, TV-PG Awards/Nominations: Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress (Maggie Smith and oyce Redman )

10:15AM (EST): Becket (1964) – England’s King Henry II appoints his best friend Archbishop of Canterbury then turns on him.
Cast: Richard Burton, Peter O’Toole, John Gielgud, Donald Wolfit Dir: Peter Glenville C-148 mins, TV-PG Awards/Nominations: Best Adapted Screenplay (won), Best Actor (Richard Burton and Peter O’Toole), Best Supporting Actor, Best Color Art Direction, Best Color Cinematography, Best Color Costume Design, Best Film Editing, Best Score, Best Sound, Best Director, Best Picture.

1:00PM (EST): Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) – When he inherits a fortune, a small-town poet has to deal with the corruption of city life. Cast: Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur, George Bancroft, Lionel Stander Dir: Frank Capra BW-116 mins, TV-G Awards/Nominations: Best Director (won), Best Actor, Best Sound, Best Screenplay, Best Picture.

4:30PM (EST): The Awful Truth (1937) – A divorced couple keeps getting mixed up in each other’s love lives. Cast: Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Ralph Bellamy, Alexander D’Arcy Dir: Leo McCarey BW-91 mins, TV-PG Awards/Nominations: Best Director (won), Best Screenplay, Best Film Editing, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Picture.

Sunday, February 6th

1:15PM (EST): Birdman Of Alcatraz (1962) – True story of Robert Stroud, the prison lifer who became an expert on birds. Cast: Burt Lancaster, Karl Malden, Thelma Ritter, Betty Field Dir: John Frankenheimer BW-149 mins, TV-PG Awards/Nominations: Best B&W Cinematography, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Actor.

3:45PM (EST): Viva Zapata! (1952) – Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata leads the peasants against a corrupt president. Cast: Marlon Brando, Jean Peters, Anthony Quinn, Joseph Wiseman Dir: Elia Kazan BW-113 mins Awards/Nominations: Best Supporting Actor (won) Best Actor, Best B&W Art Direction, Best Score, Best Original Screenplay

8:00PM (EST): Sunrise (1927) – In this silent film, a farmer’s affair with a city woman almost destroys his life. Cast: George O’Brien, Janet Gaynor, Margaret Livingston, Bodil Rosing Dir: F. W. Murnau BW-94 mins, TV-PG Awards/Nominations: Best Actress (Janet Gaynor, also for 7th Heaven and Street Angel) (won), Best Cinematography (won), Best Art Direction, Best Picture, Unique and Artistic Production (won, only time this award was given).

10:00PM (EST): Wings (1927) – In this silent film, romantic rivals fly against the enemy in World War I.
Cast: Clara Bow, Charles [Buddy] Rogers, Richard Arlen, Jobyna Ralston Dir: William A. Wellman BW-139 mins, TV-PG Awards/Nominations: Best Engineering Effects (won), Best Picture (won; this is the first Best Picture winner).

Monday, February 7th

12:00PM (EST): Libeled Lady (1936) – When an heiress sues a newspaper, the editor hires a reporter to compromise her. Cast: Jean Harlow, William Powell, Myrna Loy, Spencer Tracy Dir: Jack Conway BW-98 mins, TV-G Awards/Nominations: Best Picture. (no wins)

10:00PM (EST): Mrs. Miniver (1942) – A British family struggles to survive the first days of World War II. Cast: Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Teresa Wright, Dame May Whitty Dir: William Wyler BW-134 mins, TV-G Awards/Nominations: Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress – Dame May Whitty, Best Supporting Actress – Theresa Wright (won), Best Special Effects, Best Film Editing, Best Sound, Best Actress (won), Best B&W Cinematography (won), Best Screenplay (won), Best Director (won), Best Picture (won).

12:30AM (EST): Madame Curie (1943) – The famed female scientist fights to keep her marriage together while conducting early experiments with radioactivity. Cast: Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Henry Travers, Albert Basserman Dir: Mervyn LeRoy BW-124 mins, TV-PG Awards/Nominations: Best Sound, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best B&W Art Direction, Best B&W Cinematography, Best Score, Best Picture.

For a full schedule and more fun features, check out TCM’s official 31 Days of Oscar site.

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