Celebrating 31 Days of Oscar

oscar-2013February 1, 2013 – Today we begin February, a month notoriously cold in these parts, but also one that offers a glimpse of hope with baseball’s spring training kicking off in a few weeks.

It’s also the month to celebrate everything Oscar. The 85th Annual Academy Awards Ceremony will air on Sunday, February 24, and today Turner Classic Movies (TCM) begins its annual event, the 31 Days of Oscar. Now through March 3, they’ll show some of the best Oscar nominated and winning of films from the past 84 years, and for movie fans it doesn’t get any better than that.

Here is a special top ten list that features movies you should see or see again made prior to 1960. Set your DVR’s and enjoy…

1. Casablanca – 1942
– Bogie and Bergman star in this intriguing love story set in World War II era Morocco. Won three Oscars for Best Director, Best Picture and Best Screenplay. February 2 at 8 p.m.

2. Imitation of Life – 1934 – The original film version of the Fannie Hurst tear jerker about the relationship with two women (Claudette Colbert and Louise Beavers) and their daughters. Nominated for three Oscars for Best Director, Best Picture and Best Sound Recording. February 6 at 10:30 p.m.

3. The Snake Pit – 1948 – A horrifying look at a young wife (Olivia de Havilland) who wakes up in an insane asylum and doesn’t remember how she got there. Won one Oscar for Best Sound Recording. February 9 at 4:15 a.m.

4. Peyton Place – 1957 – Soapy fun and racy for its time, this film tells the story of citizens in a small New England town during World War II. Nominated for Best Actor (Arthur Kenney), Best Supporting Actor (Russ Tamblyn), Best Actress (Lana Turner), Best Supporting Actress (Hope Lange and Diane Varsi), Best Director and Best Picture. February 10 at 10:15 a.m.

5. Notorious – 1946 – Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman take on the Nazis in this Hitchcock classic that is my favorite movie of all time. Nominated for Best Supporting Actor (Claude Rains) and Best Screenplay. February 12 at 10:15 p.m.

6. Gone with the Wind – 1939 – Perhaps the best story ever made of southern life before, during and after the Civil War. Won eight Oscars, including Best Actress (Vivian Leigh), Best Supporting Actress (Hattie McDaniel), Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Director and Best Picture. February 14 at 8 p.m.

7. Spellbound – 1945 – Another Hitchcock classic about mistaken identity and memory loss featuring Ingrid Bergman and Gregory Peck. Won an Oscar for Best Musical Score. February 14 at 2:30 a.m.

8. Double Indemnity – 1944 – Oddly, Fred MacMurray plays the bad guy in this insurance game thriller. Nominated for Best Actress (Barbara Stanwyck), Best Director (Billy Wilder) and Best Picture. February 21 at 8 p.m.

9. A Place in the Sun – 1951 — Poor boy (Montgomery Clift) falls for rich girl (Elizabeth Taylor) in this intriguing love story. Won six Oscars for Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Director, Best Film editing, Best Musical Score and Best Screenplay. February 21 at 10 p.m.

10. Wuthering Heights – 1939 – Emily Bronte’s classic tale of unfortunate lovers Cathy and Heathcliff. Won an Oscar for Best Cinematography. February 27 at 10:15 a.m.

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