TCM has big plans for this year’s edition of its annual 31 Days of Oscar® celebration of the best and brightest in the history of film. The celebration begins with premiere of the documentary And The Oscar Goes To… on Saturday, February 1 (8/7C) and will include Oscar nominees for every aspect of filmmaking over the years – acting, directing, screenplay, costume design, score, editing, and so forth.
Each evening, the network will showcase all the nominees from a single category for a certain year. For example, February 14th will showcase Best Actor nominees from 1955; February 25th will showcase Best Cinematography, Black & White nominees from 1947, and March 1st will feature Best Film nominees from 1967. In short, 31 Days of Oscar® will be a feast for film buffs. For more details, check out the press release following the jump.
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New Documentary by Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman to Premiere Saturday, Feb. 1, Kicking Off 31 Days of Oscar
CNN Films to Broadcast Encore Presentations
When Turner Classic Movies (TCM) kicks off 31 Days of Oscar®, the network’s annual celebration of the Academy Awards® in February, it will be embarking on one of the most ambitious and comprehensive editions of the month-long festival yet. Each night’s primetime lineup from Feb. 1 through March 3 will be devoted to showcasing all the movies nominated in a particular category in a given year. Meanwhile, daytime programming will focus on specific categories, with winners and nominees from multiple years.
TCM’s 31 Days of Oscar is one of several events celebrating the network’s 20th year as a leading authority in classic film. Making the 2014 edition of 31 Days of Oscar even more spectacular will be the world premiere of And the Oscar® Goes To…, a brand-new documentary tracing the history of the Academy Awards, slated to premiere Saturday, Feb. 1, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT). CNN Films will encore the documentary on Thursday, Feb. 27, at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. on CNN/U.S.
The following is a day-by-day rundown of the award categories highlighted during the primetime portions of TCM’s 31 Days of Oscar. A complete schedule for the month-long Academy Awards tribute is available at 31days.tcm.com.
Feb. 1: Best Picture nominees from 1939
Feb. 2: Best Picture nominees from 1945
Feb. 3: Best Costume Design, Color nominees from 1954
Feb. 4: Best Director nominees from 1932-33
Feb. 5: Best Supporting Actor nominees from 1946
Feb. 6: Best Actress nominees from 1966
Feb. 7: Best Actor nominees from 1953
Feb. 8: Best Picture nominees from 1949
Feb. 9: Best Picture nominees from 1936
Feb. 10: Best Original Screenplay nominees from 1940
Feb. 11: Best Adapted Screenplay nominees from 1956
Feb. 12: Best Supporting Actress nominees from 1963
Feb. 13: Best Actress nominees from 1942
Feb. 14: Best Actor nominees from 1955
Feb. 15: Best Picture nominees from 1929-30
Feb. 16: Best Picture nominees from 1951
Feb. 17: Best Scoring of Music – Adaptation or Treatment nominees from 1962
Feb. 18: Best Film Editing nominees from 1959
Feb. 19: Best Supporting Actor nominees from 1937
Feb. 20: Best Actress nominees from 1934
Feb. 21: Best Actor nominees from 1944
Feb. 22: Best Picture nominees from 1948
Feb. 23: Best Picture nominees from 1938
Feb. 24: Best B/W Art Direction – Set Decoration nominees from 1965
Feb. 25: Best Cinematography, Black-and-White nominees from 1947
Feb. 26: Best Actress nominees from 1931-32
Feb. 27: Best Actor nominees from 1943
March 1: Best Picture nominees from 1967
March 2: Best Picture nominees from 1935
March 3: Best Special Effects nominees from 1958
The Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented live on Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014, at 7 p.m. (ET) at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Los Angeles and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.
About TCM’s And the Oscar® Goes To…
Kicking off TCM’s annual 31 Days of Oscar® showcase on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT), the network will present the world premiere of And the Oscar® Goes To…, a brand-new documentary tracing the history of the Academy Awards®. Produced by Telling Pictures, Inc., in association with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (The Academy) and Hollywood Newsreel, this fascinating special takes movie lovers on a journey through Hollywood history as it tells its story of the little statuette that became the industry’s most coveted prize. And the Oscar® Goes To… is written, directed and executive-produced by award-winning filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt, The Celluloid Closet). Christopher Pavlick and Rick Spalla are also producing.
To bring its story to life, And the Oscar® Goes To… is packed with great moments from 85 years of Academy Award ceremonies, which were first held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, now home to the TCM Classic Film Festival each spring. The special also features extensive clips from Oscar-winning and nominated films, plus exclusive, behind-the-scenes ceremony footage from the archives of Hollywood Newsreel, much of it never shown before.
Several Academy Award-winning and nominated actors and actresses are featured in And the Oscar® Goes To…, including Annette Bening (American Beauty), Ellen Burstyn (Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore), Cher (Moonstruck), George Clooney (Syriana), Benicio Del Toro (Traffic), Jane Fonda (Klute, Coming Home), Whoopi Goldberg (Ghost), Tom Hanks (Philadelphia, Forrest Gump), Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls), Sir Ben Kingsley (Gandhi) and Dame Helen Mirren (The Queen).
From behind the camera, And the Oscar® Goes To… features interviews with such filmmakers and producers as Academy Award winners Steven Spielberg (Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan) and Michael Moore (Bowling for Columbine), as well as Oscar nominees Jason Reitman (Up in the Air) and Phil Alden Robinson (Field of Dreams).
The interview roster also includes such Oscar winners and nominees as cinematographer Janusz Kaminski (Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan); film editor Kirk Baxter (The Social Network, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo); production designer Jeannine Claudia Oppewall (L.A. Confidential); costume designer Jeffrey Kurland (Bullets Over Broadway); make-up artist Ve Neil (Beetlejuice, Mrs. Doubtfire, Ed Wood); visual effects supervisor Craig Barron (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button); and sound designer Ben Burtt (Star Wars, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial).
In addition, And the Oscar® Goes To… features interviews with frequent Academy Award ceremony host Billy Crystal (When Harry Met Sally…), head writer Bruce Vilanche, ceremony producer Don Mischer, former Academy executive director Bruce Davis and cinematographer and Board of Governors member John Bailey (As Good as It Gets). The special also includes a chat with TCM host, author and Academy Awards historian Robert Osborne, whose book 85 Years of the Oscar: The Official History of the Academy Awards was recently released by Abbeville Press.
And the Oscar® Goes To… not only tells the history of the Academy Awards, but also highlights the relationship between the honored movies and major historical events and trends. Woven throughout the narrative are segments about the major categories, including Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director and Best Picture, as well as sidebars about the annual parade of fashions on the red carpet, memorable host monologues and emotion-packed tributes.
CNN Films will air the encore presentation of And the Oscar® Goes To… on CNN following the film’s premiere on TCM.
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About Telling Pictures, Inc.
Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman are among the few directors, writers and producers in the independent film world traversing non-fiction and scripted narrative. Their films together include the recently released Lovelace, starring Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard and Sharon Stone and the upcoming short documentary The Battle of amfAR.
Epstein and Friedman’s partnership began in 1987, when they opened an office in a former convent and Catholic girls’ school in San Francisco and founded Telling Pictures. Their films have screened throughout the world in movie theaters, at major film festivals (including Sundance, Berlin, Venice, Telluride, Toronto and New York) and on television and home video. Between them they have received two Academy Awards, five Emmys, three Peabodys and Guggenheim and Rockefeller Fellowships.
Their other films together include Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt (Academy Award, Feature Documentary, 1989); Where Are We? (Sundance Documentary Competition, 1991); The Celluloid Closet (Emmy® for directing, Peabody, duPont-Columbia Awards, 1995); Paragraph 175 (Sundance Film Festival jury award for directing, 2000) and the feature film HOWL.
Prior to their partnership, Epstein directed the Oscar-winning classic The Times of Harvey Milk. For television, they produced and directed episodes of Crime & Punishment (2001-02), the HBO series America Undercover and Real Sex, and program segments for ABC, PBS and MSNBC.
Retrospectives of Epstein and Friedman’s work have been curated at the Institute for Contemporary Art in London, the Taiwan International Film Festival and CameraImage in Poland.
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About Turner Classic Movies (TCM)
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is a Peabody Award-winning network that presents great films, uncut and commercial-free, from the largest film libraries in the world. TCM, which is available in more than 85 million homes, features the insights of hosts Robert Osborne and Ben Mankiewicz, plus interviews with a wide range of special guests. Currently in its 20th year as a leading authority in classic film, TCM offers critically acclaimed original documentaries and specials; film series like The Essentials, hosted by Robert Osborne and Drew Barrymore, and Friday Night Spotlight; and annual programming events like 31 Days of Oscar® in February, Summer Under the Stars in August and TCM Essentials Jr. during the summer. TCM also connects with movie fans through such events as the annual TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood and the TCM Classic Cruise, as well as through the TCM Classic Film Tour in New York City. In addition, TCM produces a wide range of media about classic film, including books and DVDs, and hosts a wealth of material online at tcm.com and through the Watch TCM mobile app.
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