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  1. Then I would have a problem with it. I'm glad they will all be shown; all the winners deserve their day in the sun.
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    Star centennial birthdays

    To me she will always be the diction coach from SINGIN' IN THE RAIN.
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    31 Days of Oscar 2019

    For day 16: Best Road Comedy It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963) vs. The Great Race (1965) As many times as I may try, I just can't keep interest in IAMMMMW. I don't know why; I like all the actors in it. I think the opening scene is the funniest part of the film. THE GREAT RACE is much funnier to me, and better written (and who doesn't love that pie throwing scene?) Louis Malle Nominated Film: English vs. French Atlantic City (1980) vs. Au Revoir les Enfants (1987) ATLANTIC CITY is a good film, but AU REVOIR LES ENFANTS is a great film. Since the film is autobiographical, it tends to linger in my memory.The classroom scene where Julien inadvertently exposes Jean to the Gestapo is heartbreaking. I hope TCM will show this one on an Imports night; I should like to watch it again.
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    Star centennial birthdays

    Happy centennial birthday to Kathleen Freeman, born February 17th, 1919!
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    31 Days of Oscar 2019

    For day 15: Best Survival at Sea Titanic (1953) vs. Lifeboat (1944) I really enjoyed LIFEBOAT when I saw it on the big screen years ago. On TV it loses some of it's luster for me. This version of TITANIC I like much better than the 1998 blockbuster version. I like the story of the central family in the film, and the film ends with the passengers attempting to escape the ship. Nothing more is necessary, as most people already know how this event ended. Favorite Non-Speaking Role Johnny Belinda (1948) vs. The Miracle Worker (1962) Jane Wyman was really convincing in JOHNNY BELINDA, and I wish Agnes Moorehead would have won a best supporting actress for her Aggie portrayal. At age 16, Patty Duke by far had the more difficult role (and double the disability to portray) in THE MIRACLE WORKER. Also, this is my favorite performance of Anne Bancroft's.
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    2019 TCM Big Screen Classics

    For anyone who may be attending the showing of MY FAIR LADY this week (Feb 17 and 20th.): Remember, because of the length of the film, the matinee will be starting at 1 pm instead of the usual 2 pm.
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    Clips of your favorite scenes

    One of my favorite dancers, Vera-Ellen, was born on this day, February 16th, in 1921. In celebration of her, a dance number not usually shown in clips of Vera-Ellen's dance sequences. the "Sadie Thompson number" from LOVE HAPPY.
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    Awards season 2018-2019

    Close is in very good company regarding her noms/non wins ratio!
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    31 Days of Oscar 2019

    For day 14: Favorite Movie Wedding Philadelphia Story, The (1940) vs. Father Of The Bride (1950) Katherine Hepburn's performance as Tracy "interviewing" Mike and Liz in her drawing room toward the beginning of THE PHILADELPHIA STORY is one of my favorite scenes from any film. I also love young Virginia Weidler as Dinah, not afraid to mingle amongst the adults and jesting that she's on to them. Spencer Tracy's anxiety dream about Kay and Buckley's wedding is in itself the funniest scene in FATHER OF THE BRIDE (and one of Tracy's funniest films.) This is definitely my favorite movie wedding! Favorite Movie Divorce Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) vs. Dodsworth (1936) Oh DODSWORTH, how I love thee! I absolutely adore this film. Everyone is perfectly cast. But, like the comparison between THE LOST WEEKEND and THE DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES for best battle with the bottle, KRAMER VS KRAMER is more gripping because there is a child involved.
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    Joan Bennett for SOTM

    Frustrating, isn't it? Sometimes the search works, sometimes it doesn't. šŸ˜• I'd like to see Joan Bennett as SOTM, too.
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    Clips of your favorite scenes

    The great John Barrymore was born on this day, February 14th, in 1882. I love this video of a recording of Barrymore reciting from HAMLET.
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    Clips of your favorite scenes

    One of my favorite modern day actors, Simon Pegg, was born on this day, February 14th, in 1970. I laughed so hard the first time I saw SHAUN OF THE DEAD, I was nearly crying. The record toss scene is priceless!
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    31 Days of Oscar 2019

    For day 13: David Lean Best Picture Win Lawrence of Arabia (1962) vs. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) LAWRENCE OF ARABIA has such great dialogue for an action packed film. When there's no action, there's great build-up to an upcoming action scene. This makes this 3+ hr film seem not nearly as long. I also love the occasional comic one-liners within the film. For this reason I like it better than THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI, which was a long build-up to it's crescendo ( a wonderful one, at that. ) Favorite Singing Cowboy Under Western Stars (1938) vs. The Cowboy and the Lady (1938) Whether it be a comedy or drama, Gary Cooper was just always perfectly cast when playing a cowboy. Add the Harmonica, then we have screen gold!
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    TopBilledā€™s Essentials

    Do you really think it's an 'English' thing, or maybe just the time the story took place? I know much of Europe didn't seem to be too judgemental about extra marital affairs during the decades of the 1930's- 1940's, but wasn't most of the rest of the world at that time?
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    Great One-Liners

    A Dialogue card from THE CROWD reads "Marriage is not a word, it's a sentence!" šŸ˜„
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    31 Days of Oscar 2019

    How is it possible THE CROWD wasn't nominated for best picture, best actor for James Murray and best actress for Eleanor Boardman for 1928? Such a great film... Anyway, for day 12: Favorite Movie Butler The Remains of the Day (1993) Merrily We Live (1938) Anthony Hopkins gives a wonderful performance as Mr. Stevens in THE REMAINS OF THE DAY. I want something to change for this career ultra stiff-upper lipped butler by the end of the film, but nothing really does. It's a Merchant/Ivory film, though, and they like to tell a story where the ending isn't much different from the beginning. Alan Mowbray as Grosvenor in MERRILY WE LIVE is just as reserved but not at all repressed. I like the comic butler better. I think a better double bill would have been MY MAN GODFREY and MERRILY WE LIVE. Best Supporting Actress Debut Win On the Waterfront (1954) vs. East of Eden (1955) It really says something about Elia Kazan that he directed both of these rookie film actresses to Oscar wins. Julie Harris was great as Abra in EAST OF EDEN, but seems a little too old for the part for my taste. Eva Marie Saint was perfect as Edie, in my opinion ( fun fact: Kazan initially offered the role to Grace Kelly, but she turned it down to make REAR WINDOW.)
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    31 Days of Oscar 2019

    I think you're correct; I think they probably looked at it as a combined category. WINGS won a "Best Engineering Effects" award, but it wasn't a competitive category. In 1933, David O. Selznick championed for KING KONG to get an award for it's effects, but it still wasn't a category. It seems 1939 was the first year of the "Best Special Effects" competitive category, but in some years they still chose to just give an award to a specific film instead of having a list a nominees (which seems strange.) They even went backward in the 1970's, choosing to honor a specific film under the title "Special Achievement Award". 1977 was the first year of our current visual effects category, although until 1995 they still chose the single film winner platform in random years. It just goes to show how the academy views the technical awards, doesn't it? šŸ˜• jakeem has an article linked on the Awards Season thread which states that some technical awards and short films will be given out during commercial breaks this year. Boo, Academy!
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    31 Days of Oscar 2019

    I've been using the schedule that's on the homepage. It's in that highlighted box on the left under the heading "Inside TCM." (Next to it should be a 'TCM Shop' box.) It says 31 Days Of Oscar and the current date. Then, if you click the "more" icon, the full schedule will show up with the themed double features in bold.
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    31 Days of Oscar 2019

    For day 11: Douglas Shearer Best Sound Award Naughty Marietta (1935) vs. San Francisco (1936) SAN FRANCISCO was one of the first classic films I ever saw. If there had been a category for best special effects in 1936, I'm sure it would have won one for it as well as the sound award. East Coast vs. West Coast Dance Off On the Town (1949) vs. Singin' in the Rain (1952) Another real tough one! Both of these films are amazing, in my opinion. SINGIN' IN THE RAIN is not only a great musical, but a great film. The cast is wonderful, too. What it doesn't have is Frank Sinatra, Ann Miller, Vera-Ellen Betty Garrett Jules Munshin and that wonderful music score. Very, very slight edge to ON THE TOWN.
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    TCM and Other Sources for Classic Film

    I seriously considered calling out sick to work on Wednesday just so I could watch this block of silent films! I won't, though, as Karma is usually not kind to me.šŸ˜„
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    Star centennial birthdays

    Happy centennial birthday to Forrest Tucker, born February 12, 1919!
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    31 Days of Oscar 2019

    For day 10: Favorite Movie Dog: Lassie vs. Asta Lassie Come Home (1943) vs. The Thin Man (1934) First of all, I have to say I'm mighty jealous of Lassie. She had more scenic travels in the span of one movie than I have had in my entire life! But all the world loves a clown, and Asta was a grand comedian. City dog wins! William Wyler Best Picture Winner Mrs. Miniver (1942) vs. The Best Years Of Our Lives (1946) This is a toughie. I love both of these films. Maybe I can side step the competitiveness this way; I think MRS. MINIVER is the best Wyler picture about the war's impact on England, and THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES is the best Wyler film about the war's impact on Americans.
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    Star centennial birthdays

    Happy centennial birthday to Eva Gabor, born February 11th, 1919!
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    31 Days of Oscar 2019

    "People Alone" is a lot like "Out Here On My Own"; a ballad with sparse instrumentation (neither song uses drums.) THE COMPETITION is a good film. Lots of great piano music in it.
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    31 Days of Oscar 2019

    Yes, sorry, I meant to type "On The Road Again." I never liked that song.

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