TCM’s 31 Days of Oscar – The Last Three Days
Sadly, TCM’s 31 Days of Oscar is about to come to an end. What a run, though, eh? I must have watched at least 100 new-to-me films in the last few weeks (that’s a conservative estimate; I’ll do a full recap of my crazy February film watching escapades tomorrow). Did you find any new favorites? I know I sure did. So here’s my last post about this wonderful month of programming. As always there are so many great films being shown, some I’ve seen and some I can’t wait to see for the first time.
They’re showing several films that would go on my Best Picture Not Nominated For Best Picture list (part two my older article may be coming soon), as well as one of my favorite Best Picture winners.
Tuesday, March 1st
12:00am (EST): Days of Wine and Roses (1962) A husband and wife fight to conquer alcoholism. Cast: Jack Lemmon, Lee Remick, Charles Bickford, Jack Klugman Dir: Blake Edwards BW-117 mins, TV-14 Awards/Nominations: Best Original Song (won), Best B&W Art Direction, Best B&W Costume Design, Best Actor, Best Actress.
4:00am (EST): The Dresser (1983) A theatrical dresser tries to get an aging star through one more performance of King Lear. Cast: Albert Finney, Tom Courtenay, Edward Fox, Zena Walker Dir: Peter Yates C-118 mins, TV-14 Awards/Nominations: Best Actor (Tom Courtnay, Albert Finney), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director, Best Picture. No Wins.
8:15am (EST): Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (1958) A dying plantation owner tries to help his alcoholic son solve his problems. Cast: Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Burl Ives, Jack Carson Dir: Richard Brooks C-108 mins, TV-PG Awards/Nominations: Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Color Cinematography, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director, Best Picture. No wins.
10:30am (EST): A Star Is Born (1937) A fading matinee idol marries the young beginner he’s shepherded to stardom. Cast: Janet Gaynor, Fredric March, Adolphe Menjou, May Robson Dir: William A. Wellman C-111 mins, TV-G Awards/Nominations: Best Original Story (w0n), Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Screenplay, Best Assistant Director, Best Director, Best Picture. Honorary: W. Howard Greene For the color photography of A Star Is Born. (plaque) This award was recommended by a committee of leading cinematographers after viewing all the color pictures made during the year.
12:30pm (EST): A Star Is Born (1954) A falling star marries the newcomer he’s helping reach the top. Cast: Judy Garland, James Mason, Jack Carson, Charles Bickford Dir: George Cukor C-176 mins, TV-PG Awards/Nominations: Best Score, Best Song, Best Color Costume Design, Best Color Art Direction, Best Actor, Best Actress. No wins.
Wednesday, March 2nd
12:30am (EST): Cabaret (1972) A young writer gets mixed up with a pleasure-loving singer in the decadent world of 1930s Berlin. Cast: Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Helmut Griem, Joel Grey Dir: Bob Fosse C-124 mins, TV-14 Awards/Nominations: Best Supporting Actor (won), Best Actress (won), Best Art Direction (won), Best Cinematography (won), Best Film Editing (won), Best Sound (won), Best Music – Scoring Original Song Score and/or Adaptation (won), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director (won), Best Picture.
6:45am (EST): Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) Spirited musical biography of the song-and-dance man who kept America humming through two world wars. Cast: James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston, Richard Whorf Dir: Michael Curtiz BW-126 mins, TV-G Awards/Nominations:
9:00am (EST): Jezebel (1938) A tempestuous Southern belle’s willfulness threatens to destroy all who care for her. Cast: Bette Davis, Henry Fonda, George Brent, Margaret Lindsay Dir: William Wyler BW-104 mins, TV-PG Awards/Nominations: Best Actress (won), Best Supporting Actress (won), Best Score, Best Cinematography, Best Picture.
11:00am (EST): All This, and Heaven Too (1940) A French nobleman falls in love with his children’s governess. Cast: Bette Davis, Charles Boyer, Jeffrey Lynn, Barbara O’Neil Dir: Anatole Litvak BW-143 mins, TV-PG Awards/Nominations: Best Supporting Actress, Best B&W Cinematography, Best Picture. No wins.
8:00pm (EST): East Of Eden (1955) Two brothers compete for their father’s approval and a woman’s love. Cast: Julie Harris, James Dean, Raymond Massey, Burl Ives Dir: Elia Kazan C-118 mins, TV-P Awards/Nominations: Best Supporting Actress (won), Best Actor (This was the first posthumous acting nomination in Academy Awards history.), Best Screenplay, Best Director.
10:00am(EST): The Way We Were (1973) A fiery liberal fights to make her marriage to a successful writer work. Cast: Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford, Allyn Ann McLerie, Murray Hamilton Dir: Sydney Pollack C-118 mins, TV-14 Best Dramatic Score (won), Best Song (won), Best Actress, Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Cinematography.
12:30pm (EST): North By Northwest (1959) An advertising man is mistaken for a spy, triggering a deadly cross-country chase. Cast: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Jessie Royce Landis Dir: Alfred Hitchcock C-136 mins, TV-PG Awards and Nominations: Best Original Screenplay, Best Color Art Direction, Best Film Editing. No wins.
6:00pm (EST): Shall We Dance (1937) A ballet dancer and a showgirl fake a marriage for publicity purposes, then fall in love. Cast: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Edward Everett Horton, Eric Blore Dir: Mark Sandrich BW-109 mins, TV-G Awards and Nominations: Best Original Song. No wins.
8:00pm (EST): Grand Hotel (1932) Guests at a posh Berlin hotel struggle through scandal and heartache. Cast: Greta Garbo, John Barrymore, Joan Crawford, Wallace Beery Dir: Edmund Goulding BW-113 mins, TV-PG Awards and Nominations: Best Picture (won).
12:30am (EST): The Broadway Melody (1929) Love and success break up a vaudeville sister act. Cast: Anita Page, Bessie Love, Charles King, Jed Prouty Dir: Harry Beaumont BW-100 mins, TV-G Awards and Nominations: Best Actress, Best Director, Best Picture (won).
For a full schedule and more fun features, check out TCM’s official 31 Days of Oscar site.