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Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will kick off its 31 Days of Oscar, the network’s annual month-long celebration of the Academy Awards, on February 1 at 8pm with a screening of And the Oscar Goes To…, a documentary tracing the history of the Academy Awards, which premiered on the network last year.
Programming each night, starting February 1 and running through March 3, will feature a chronological “History of the Oscars” through Academy Award-nominated films highlighting at least one Best Picture winner.
Additionally, daytime programming will focus on distinguished films of a particular genre, from adventure to comedy, drama to romance, westerns to musicals.
The programming lineup for this year’s 31 Days of Oscar includes Gone With the Wind (1939), Casablanca (1942), Ben Hur (1959), Patton (1970), The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), The King’s Speech (2010) and The Artist (2011). A complete schedule for the month-long Academy Awards tribute is available at 31days.tcm.com. A preview of »
- Melissa Thompson
Moviegoers can finally enjoy a film with a genuine hero who served his country and fought in a righteous war
The New England Patriots spent this past weekend earning a spot in the Super Bowl. But many more patriots went to the movies and propelled “American Sniper” to a record-setting January box office weekend.
In doing so, they officially declared war against the likes of Michael Moore, Seth Rogen and so many liberal, peace loving, pot-smoking A-listers and Hollywood suits who, since the 1970s, have had an ambivalent, if not disdainful relationship with war movies in general, and American patriotism in particular. »
- Thane Rosenbaum
It’s December. And you know what that means? It means for every popcorn blockbuster, we get about three Oscar bait movies that are made solely to appease that body of somewhat stodgy Academy voters. Don’t get me wrong – a good portion of the Best Picture winners in history are still some of the greatest films ever made – “The Godfather” (Parts I and II), “Schindler’s List,” etc. But what about those historically good movies that got the nomination, but didn’t take home the prize? What about those popular movies that carried fan support, but lost out to a smaller, most of the time better, film? Well, here they are. This list focuses on those films that may or may not have been produced as Oscar bait, but earned the recognition of “Best Picture nominee,” only to walk away without the big prize. As usual, not in order of worst to best. »
- Joshua Gaul
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