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31 Days of Oscar 2019

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4 minutes ago, sagebrush said:

For day 3 :

Tiebreaker: Hepburn vs Streisand
I can see why this was a tied vote. Both ladies were wonderful in their winning roles. I give a slight edge to Katherine, however, just because I feel her role was a tad more difficult.
 
Best Way to Take on Political Corruption
I think this one really depends on whether or not you like Capra's style. I do, so I enjoyed this one more.

These are tough choices. I would go with Hepburn, as I like her and love this film in particular. But I completely understand Streisand winning as well, as it was her first breakout role and while it may seem more commonplace after seeing her in many other movies, this was her first big cinema splash, so I can see people being taken with it.

As for the second match-up, despite the similar subject matter, they really are apples & oranges, as their styles are very different, one was a thinly-veiled take on a real person, etc. I personally like Mr. Smith more, but I also really like the other movie.

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22 minutes ago, sagebrush said:

For day 3 :

Tiebreaker: Hepburn vs Streisand
I can see why this was a tied vote. Both ladies were wonderful in their winning roles. I give a slight edge to Katherine, however, just because I feel her role was a tad more difficult.
 

Completely agree. Four Oscar-winning performances...she was at her best when she was challenged. I think this was her best performance.

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February 5, 2019:

7:00 a.m. The Walls of Malapaga (1949) 

8:30 a.m. Rashomon (1950)

10:00 a.m. Mon Oncle (1958)

12:00 p.m. Day for Night (1973)

2:00 p.m. The Battle of Algiers (1966)

4:15 p.m. Through a Glass Darkly (1961)

6:00 p.m. I Vitelloni (1953)

31 DAYS OF OSCAR: ANTHONY QUINN

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8:00 p.m. Viva Zapata! (1952)

10:15 p.m. Lust for Life (1956)

12:30 a.m. The Letter (1940)

2:30 a.m. Mildred Pierce (1945)

4:30 a.m. Gulliver's Travels (1939)

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For day 4:

1949 Cinematography Winners: B&W vs. Color
I have to go with color on this occasion. SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON is a sight to behold.
 
Olivier’s Best Shakespearean Role
I find HAMLET more easier to watch. Shakespeare always sounds like a foreign language to me and I lose interest. Olivier's performance in the film is much less stagey than his Henry V.
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42 minutes ago, sagebrush said:

Olivier’s Best Shakespearean Role

I find HAMLET more easier to watch. Shakespeare always sounds like a foreign language to me and I lose interest. Olivier's performance in the film is much less stagey than his Henry V.

Another interesting one, in Technicolor, is his RICHARD III from 1955.

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10 hours ago, TopBilled said:

Another interesting one, in Technicolor, is his RICHARD III from 1955.

Yes! I like that one better than HENRY V, too.

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February 6, 2019:

6:00 a.m. Lost Horizon (1937) 

8:15 a.m. The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T (1953)

10:00 a.m. The Thief of Bagdad (1940)

12:00 p.m. Brigadoon (1954)

2:00 p.m. Tom Thumb (1958)

4:00 p.m. 7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964)

6:00 p.m. Blithe Spirit (1945)

31 DAYS OF OSCAR: WWII BEST TURNING POINT FILM

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8:00 p.m. The Longest Day (1962)

11:15 p.m. Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)

2:00 a.m. An American in Paris (1951)

4:15 a.m. Gigi (1958)

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For day 5:

Favorite Supporting Actor Win: Anthony Quinn
I like Anthony Quinn in everything, but his role in VIVA ZAPATA! was much larger, so I'll go with that one.
 
Noir Best Picture Nominee: (Bette vs Joan)
Another toughie! I could watch MILDRED PIERCE over and over and I like Joan Crawford's acting in Noir-type pictures better than any of her other roles.
Bette is so deliciously conniving in THE LETTER; one of her best, too.
For these two particular films, I can't choose.
Random thought: I always wish Gail Sondergaard had bigger roles in the films in which she appeared.
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7 minutes ago, sagebrush said:

For day 5:

Favorite Supporting Actor Win: Anthony Quinn
I like Anthony Quinn in everything, but his role in VIVA ZAPATA! was much larger, so I'll go with that one.
 
Noir Best Picture Nominee: (Bette vs Joan)
Another toughie! I could watch MILDRED PIERCE over and over and I like Joan Crawford's acting in Noir-type pictures better than any of her other roles.
Bette is so deliciously conniving in THE LETTER; one of her best, too.
For these two particular films, I can't choose.
Random thought: I always wish Gail Sondergaard had bigger roles in the films in which she appeared.

Surprised they didn't also include ZORBA THE GREEK (1964) for Tony Quinn's evening.

Gale Sondergaard had bigger roles in B films at Universal, like THE SPIDER WOMAN STRIKES BACK (1946).

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February 7, 2019:

6:15 a.m. Weary River (1929) 

8:00 a.m. The Big House (1930)

9:45 a.m. The Criminal Code (1931)

11:30 a.m. I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932)

1:30 p.m. Caged (1950)

3:15 p.m. I Want to Live! (1958)

5:30 p.m. King Rat (1965)

31 DAYS OF OSCAR: JOSEPH L. MANKIEWICZ

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8:00 p.m. All About Eve (1950)

10:30 p.m. A Letter to Three Wives (1949)

12:30 a.m. The Mark of Zorro (1940)

2:15 a.m. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

4:15 a.m. The Front Page (1931)

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Is it me or do other people think every film shown this month should be introduced with a mention of the Oscar winning or nominated reason it's being aired? I shouldn't have to guess or research that information, and I find this a shortcoming every year

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1 hour ago, plushee said:

Is it me or do other people think every film shown this month should be introduced with a mention of the Oscar winning or nominated reason it's being aired? I shouldn't have to guess or research that information, and I find this a shortcoming every year

Thanks for saying this. I also think it would be helpful if they did that. After all, they are choosing these titles for their Oscar pedigree, so properly explain it to the viewer. Especially if the film had multiple noms and wins.

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For day 6:

WWII: Best Turning Point Film
I think THE LONGEST DAY is a better film for entertainment purposes. TORA! TORA! TORA! seems sooooo long.
 
Won Best Picture, but No Acting Nominations
I love both of these films dearly. When battling against each other, though, I always have to choose the film with dancing in it! :D
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February 8, 2019:

6:00 a.m. Adam's Rib (1949) 

8:00 a.m. Ninotchka (1939)

10:00 a.m. Tom Jones (1963)

12:15 p.m. The Great Dictator (1940)

2:30 p.m. My Favorite Wife (1940)

4:00 p.m. Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)

6:00 p.m. The Sunshine Boys (1975)

31 DAYS OF OSCAR: MOST EFFECTIVE THERAPY SESSION

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8:00 p.m. Now Voyager (1942)

10:15 p.m. The Prince of Tides (1991)

12:45 a.m. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

2:45 a.m. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

5:00 a.m. The Great Ziegfeld (1936)

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For day 7:

Favorite Joseph L. Mankiewicz Double Win (Writing & Directing)

Both really good films. I look at it as A LETTER TO THREE WIVES was Mankiewicz' internship and ALL ABOUT EVE was his result of the experience.
 
Favorite Swashbuckler
How can you not love THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD? THE MARK OF ZORRO is a lot of fun, too. Plus, Gail Sondergaard (whom I adore) is in it! Tyrone Power/Errol Flynn- it really is a matter of personal taste when it comes to the action adventure. I love them both; it's a wash for me!
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February 9, 2019:

8:00 a.m. The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936) 

9:30 a.m. Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)

11:15 a.m. The Stratton Story (1949)

1:15 p.m. Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

3:30 p.m. Calamity Jane (1953)

5:30 p.m. The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965)

31 DAYS OF OSCAR: RACE RELATIONS

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8:00 p.m. In the Heat of the Night (1967)

10:00 p.m. The Defiant Ones (1958)

12:00 a.m. Nine to Five (1980)

2:00 a.m. Honeysuckle Rose (1980)

4:15 a.m. Romance on the High Seas (1948)

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For day 8:

Most Effective Therapy Session
I can't say which film's character discovered better mental health in the end, but THE PRINCE OF TIDES had none of the charm and romantic music (and iconic cigarette scenes 😄) that NOW, VOYAGER had. I love the idea of Charlotte paying it forward to Tina even though she knows she and Jerry will likely never reunite.
 
Best True Crime
Both great films. If DOG DAY AFTERNOON hadn't been based on a true event, it almost could have passed as a black comedy in places. Every time I watch it, I don't quite understand why the onlookers kind of elevated Sonny to hero status, but that was real and not made up for the movie. I just always think I'm going to see something better in him.
BONNIE AND CLYDE just had that magnificent ensemble cast. Period! I also love films about the 1930's.
 
 
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1 hour ago, sagebrush said:

For day 8:

Most Effective Therapy Session
I can't say which film's character discovered better mental health in the end, but THE PRINCE OF TIDES had none of the charm and romantic music (and iconic cigarette scenes 😄) that NOW, VOYAGER had. I love the idea of Charlotte paying it forward to Tina even though she knows she and Jerry will likely never reunite.
 
Best True Crime
Both great films. If DOG DAY AFTERNOON hadn't been based on a true event, it almost could have passed as a black comedy in places. Every time I watch it, I don't quite understand why the onlookers kind of elevated Sonny to hero status, but that was real and not made up for the movie. I just always think I'm going to see something better in him.
BONNIE AND CLYDE just had that magnificent ensemble cast. Period! I also love films about the 1930's.
 

I've been enjoying these daily recaps you're doing. Thank you.

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February 10, 2019:

6:00 a.m. The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1961)

8:00 a.m. Travels with My Aunt (1972) 

10:00 a.m. A Little Romance (1979)

12:00 p.m. A Passage to India (1984)

3:00 p.m. A Royal Wedding (1951)

4:45 p.m. Around the World in 80 Days (1956)

31 DAYS OF OSCAR: FAVORITE MOVIE DOG-- LASSIE VS. ASTA

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8:00 p.m. Lassie Come Home (1943)

9:45 p.m. The Thin Man (1934)

11:30 p.m. Mrs. Miniver (1942)

2:00 a.m. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

5:00 a.m. The Perils of Pauline (1947)

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It's a fun idea TCM came up with to aire films back to back for our own comparison. Many of these are tough choices!

Anyway, for day 9:

Best Race Relations
 
Although THE DEFIANT ONES had more action, I will go with IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT. I feel Virgil earns Bill's respect for all the right reasons, whereas Joker doesn't seem to ever really get over his racism. He is too easily persuaded to abandon or deceive Noah and even when he goes after him to caution him about the bad directions he has been given, I still think he feels Noah is infurior to him.
 

I like Willie Nelson but I really don't like the song "Honeysuckle Rose". The film had better songs in it.

"Nine To Five" is a clever song that has become a daytime radio anthem over the past decades. The movie is really funny, too!

I think "Fame" was the winning song that year? I think it deserved the Oscar, but "Out Here On My Own", also from the film, I would like to have won.

 

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8 minutes ago, sagebrush said:

It's a fun idea TCM came up with to aire films back to back for our own comparison. Many of these are tough choices!

Anyway, for day 9:

Best Race Relations
 
Although THE DEFIANT ONES had more action, I will go with IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT. I feel Virgil earns Bill's respect for all the right reasons, whereas Joker doesn't seem to ever really get over his racism. He is too easily persuaded to abandon or deceive Noah and even when he goes after him to caution him about the bad directions he has been given, I still think he feels Noah is infurior to him.
 

I like Willie Nelson but I really don't like the song "Honeysuckle Rose". The film had better songs in it.

"Nine To Five" is a clever song that has become a daytime radio anthem over the past decades. The movie is really funny, too!

I think "Fame" was the winning song that year? I think it deserved the Oscar, but "Out Here On My Own", also from the film, I would like to have won.

Yes, the theme song for FAME received the Oscar for Best Song that year. 'On the Road Again' is the tune nominated from HONEYSUCKLE ROSE.

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

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3 minutes ago, sagebrush said:

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

The other song nominated was 'People Alone' from THE COMPETITION, which I've never heard. I've never seen that movie.

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"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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February 11, 2019:

6:45 a.m. Morning Glory (1934)

8:15 a.m. What Price Hollywood? (1932) 

10:00 a.m. My Favorite Year (1982)

12:00 p.m. The Band Wagon (1953)

2:00 p.m. The Star (1953)

3:45 p.m. Inside Daisy Clover (1965)

31 DAYS OF OSCAR: DOUGLAS SHEARER BEST SOUND AWARD

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8:00 p.m. Naughty Marietta (1935)

10:00 p.m. San Francisco (1936)

12:15 a.m. On the Town (1949)

2:15 a.m. Singin' in the Rain (1952)

4:15 a.m. Days of Glory (1944)

5:45 a.m. Ship of Fools (1965)

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