February 4, 2013 – February is the month to celebrate everything Oscar – The 85th Annual Academy Awards Ceremony will air on Sunday, February 24 – and last week, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) kicked off its annual event, the 31 Days of Oscar. Now through March 3, they’ll show some of the best Oscar nominated and winning films of the past 84 years.
On Friday, we featured a special top ten list that features movies you should see or see again made prior to 1960. Today, we’ll focus on films made after 1960. Set your DVR’s and enjoy…
1. Gypsy – 1962 – A wonderful musical that tells the story of Gypsy Rose Lee and her domineering stage mother. Nominated for three Oscars for Best Cinematography, Best Musical Score and Best Costume Design. February 4 at 5:30 p.m.
2. Cabaret – 1972 – A quirky musical set in Nazi Germany right before World War II. Won eight Oscars including Best Actor (Joel Grey), Best Actress (Liza Minnelli), Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Director, Best Film Editing, Best Musical Score and Best Sound. February 5 at 10:15 p.m.
3. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner – 1967 – Racial tension ensues when a white woman falls for a black man and their families meet. Won two Oscars for Best Actress (Katharine Hepburn) and Best Screenplay. February 23 at 6 p.m.
4. Midnight Express – 1978 — An American teenager finds his life changing for the worst when he tries to smuggle drugs out of Turkey. Won two Oscars for Best Screenplay and Best Musical Score. February 24, 2:30 a.m.
5. Good Morning Vietnam – 1987 – True story of a radio disc jockey who serves in Vietnam during the war. Nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor (Robin Williams). February 25 at 12:30 a.m.
6. The Graduate – 1967 – A recent college graduate is seduced by his mother’s best friend. Won an Oscar for Best Director. February 28 at 8 p.m.
7. The Producers – 1968 — The hilarious movie about show business that became the Broadway smash. Won an Oscar for Best Screenplay. February 28 at 10 p.m.
8. West Side Story – 1961 – A musical Romeo and Juliet; a white boy falls in love with a Puerto Rican girl and their families and friends disapprove. Won 10 Oscars for Best Actor (George Chakiris), Best Supporting Actress (Rita Moreno), Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Director, Best Editing, Best Musical Score, Best Direction and Best Sound. March 1 at 11:15 p.m.
9. The Pink Panther – 1964 – Funny stuff with Peter Sellers as Inspector Clouseau. Nominated for Best Musical Score (and it should have won!). March 3 at 3 p.m.
10. Fiddler on the Roof – 1971 – Classic musical about keeping the Jewish tradition alive in Czarist Russia. Won three Oscars for Best Cinematography, Best Musical Score and Best Sound. March 3 at 5 p.m.