As we near the home stretch of this year's 31 Days of Oscar, I want to applaud the programmers for the incredible amount of work it must have taken to accomplish the 360 degrees theme. It not only led to some interesting comparisons (and comments from Bob and Ben), it produced a lot of titles with nominations in obscure categories that I might never have known about.
The kaleidoscope intro is a lot of fun. Still, almost all the images are of guys, including Dustin as Tootsie.
I completely agree with several people here regarding last year's 31 Days promo music -- it was superb. The 2009 visuals that accompanied it couldn't have been more moving. I don't know whether last year's long promo won any broadcasting industry awards, but it should have.
I get that the kind of circular "melody" on this year's music suited the 360 degree theme, but I'd really like TCM to bring back last year's theme as more permanent music for 31 Days of Oscar. Hey, if U.S. Olympic broadcasters are still using John Williams' popular 1984 theme for their intros...