Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Announcing the Countdown to the Oscars

For the month of February I will be exploring the history of the Oscars and discussing my favorite Oscar winning films. Here are some resources to get you started:

Join Turner Classic Movies in their 31 Days of Oscar and find out when your favorite Award winning films will be aired. You can download the full schedule here.

Also, don't miss the 2014 And the Oscar Goes To... documentary. It is being shown on Feb. 5th at 10pm, 7th at 11am, and the 18th at 7:15am. All times are EST, so check your guide. You can also watch it on YouTube. Here is the link to part one. It has some great clips from the Academy Archives and is full of fun stories (some clips are not suitable for children). TCM Article about the documentary.

Want to learn more about every single film that has won an award? Check out film historian Robert Osborne's book, Academy Awards Illustrated, with a forward by Bette Davis. He has also written 85 Years of the Oscar: The Official History of the Academy Awards, updated to include up to 2012. You can see a preview here. He has also released a short video that tells how Oscar received its' name, what it's made of, and the engraving process. It can be viewed here.

You can also explore the history of the Oscars on the official Oscars website.
Here is a really interesting article: An Unofficial History of the Academy Awards on Radio
Lots of fun facts here: Oscar History
The whole thing is like a maternity ward; everybody's expecting.
~ Bob Hope
I see a lot of new faces...especially on the old faces.
~ Johnny Carson
There will be a short intermission while the ushers sweep the fingernails out of the aisles.
~ Bob Hope
Don't miss the Oscars on Feb. 22 at 7pm ET, live on ABC.

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