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31 Days of Oscar 2015: The History of the Oscars


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This is just the primetime schedule for the month. For the full schedule, go to http://www.tcm.com/schedule/index.html?tz=est&sdate=2015-02-01


February 1


WINGS (1927)...Clara Bow and Gary Cooper

ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT (1930)...Louis Wolheim and Lew Ayres

CIMARRON (1930)...Richard Dix and Irene Dunne

THE BROADWAY MELODY (1929)...Anita Page and Bessie Love 


February 2

LITTLE WOMEN (1933)...Katharine Hepburn and Joan Bennett

42nd STREET (1933)...Warner Baxter and Bebe Daniels

THE PUBLIC ENEMY (1931)...James Cagney and Jean Harlow

GRAND HOTEL (1932)...Greta Garbo and John Barrymore

DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (1932)...Fredric March and Miriam Hopkins

THE CHAMP (1931)...Wallace Beery and Jackie Cooper


February 3

A TALE OF TWO CITIES (1935)...Ronald Colman and Elizabeth Allan

MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY (1935)...Clark Gable and Charles Laughton

THE THIN MAN (1934)...William Powell and Myrna Loy

TOP HAT (1935)...Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers

THE LOST PATROL (1934)...Victor McLaglen and Boris Karloff

ROBERTA (1935)...Irene Dunne and Fred Astaire


February 4

SWING TIME (1936)...Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers

THE AWFUL TRUTH (1937)...Cary Grant and Irene Dunne

GRAND ILLUSION (1937)...Jean Gabin and Pierre Fresnay

THE LIFE OF EMILE ZOLA (1937)...Paul Muni and Gale Sondergaard

THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS (1936)...Randolph Scott and Binnie Barnes


February 5

THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD (1938)...Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland


YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU (1938)...James Stewart and Jean Arthur

FOUR DAUGHTERS (1938)...Claude Rains and John Garfield

BOYS TOWN (1938)...Spencer Tracy and Mickey Rooney


February 6

WUTHERING HEIGHTS (1939)...Merle Oberon and Laurence Olivier

GONE WITH THE WIND (1939)...Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh

THE MAN IN THE IRON MASK (1939)...Louis Hayward and Joan Bennett

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (1940)...Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier


February 7

THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (1940)...Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn

HERE COMES MR. JORDAN (1941)...Robert Montgomery and Claude Rains

CITIZEN KANE (1941)...Orson Welles and Joseph Cotton

MRS. MINIVER (1942)...Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon

THE GREAT DICTATOR (1940)...Charlie Chaplin and Paulette Goddard


February 8

LASSIE COME HOME (1943)...Roddy McDowell and Donald Crisp

CASABLANCA (1942)...Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman

GASLIGHT (1944)...Charles Boyer and Ingrid Bergman

WOMAN OF THE YEAR (1942)...Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn

THIRTY SECONDS OVER TOKYO (1944)...Spencer Tracy and Van Johnson


February 9

THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES (1946)...Myrna Loy and Fredric March

THE STORY OF G.I. JOE (1945)...Burgess Meredith and Robert Mitchum

LAURA (1944)...Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews

MILDRED PIERCE (1945)...Joan Crawford and Jack Carson

THE HARVEY GIRLS (1946)...Judy Garland and Ray Bolger


February 10

GENTLEMAN'S AGREEMENT (1947)...Gregory Peck and John Garfield

THE KILLERS (1946)...Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner

DUEL IN THE SUN (1946)...Gregory Peck and Joseph Cotton

THE BACHELOR AND THE BOBBY-SOXER (1947)...Cary Grant and Shirley Temple

SMASH-UP: THE STORY OF A WOMAN (1947)...Susan Hayward and Lee Bowman


February 11

ALL THE KING'S MEN (1949)...Broderick Crawford and John Ireland

TWELVE O'CLOCK HIGH (1949)...Gregory Peck and Hugh Marlowe

THE BICYCLE THIEF (1948)...Lamberto Maggiorani and Enzo Staiola

THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE (1948)...Humphrey Bogart and Walter Huston

MIGHTY JOE YOUNG (1949)...Terry Moore and Ben Johnson


February 12

THE GUNFIGHTER (1950)...Gregory Peck and Helen Westcott

THE THIRD MAN (1949)...Orson Welles and Joseph Cotten

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (1951)...Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron

BORN YESTERDAY (1950)...Broderick Crawford and Judy Holliday

FATHER OF THE BRIDE (1950)...Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor

THE LAVENDER HILL MOB (1951)...Alec Guinness and Stanley Holloway


February 13

HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE (1953)...Marilyn Monroe and Lauren Bacall

ROMAN HOLIDAY (1953)...Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn

FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (1953)...Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr

A PLACE IN THE SUN (1951)...Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor

IVANHOE (1952)...Robert Taylor and Elizabeth Taylor


February 14

THE RED BALLOON (1956)...Pascal Lamorisse and Sabine Lamorisse

THE HARDER THEY FALL (1956)...Humphrey Bogart and Rod Steiger

THE CAINE MUTINY (1954)...Humphrey Bogart and Jose Ferrer

MARTY (1955)...Ernest Borgnine and Betsy Blair

BLACKBOARD JUNGLE (1955)...Glenn Ford and Sidney Poitier

THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM (1955)...Frank Sinatra and Eleanor Parker


February 15

THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI (1957)...Alec Guinness and William Holden

THE DEFIANT ONES (1958)...Sidney Poitier and Tony Curtis

I WANT TO LIVE! (1958)...Susan Hayward and Simon Oakland

RAINTREE COUNTY (1957)...Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor


February 16

ANATOMY OF A MURDER (1959)...James Stewart and George C. Scott

PILLOW TALK (1959)...Rock Hudson and Doris Day

GIGI (1958)...Leslie Caron and Maurice Chevalier

CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF (1958)...Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor

THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV (1958)...Yul Brynner and Maria Schell


February 17

BEN-HUR (1959)...Charlton Heston and Jack Hawkins

PSYCHO (1960)...Janet Leigh and Anthony Perkins

SUNRISE AT CAMPOBELLO (1960)...Ralph Bellamy and Greer Garson

THE SUNDOWNERS (1960)...Robert Mitchum and Deborah Kerr


February 18

THE APARTMENT (1960)...Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (1962)...Gregory Peck and Mary Badham

THE HUSTLER (1961)...Paul Newman and Jackie Gleason

DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES (1962)...Jack Lemmon and Lee Remick

LOLITA (1961)...Shelley Winters and James Mason


February 19

DR. STRANGELOVE (1964)...Peter Sellers and Sterling Hayden

THE SAND PEBBLES (1966)...Steve McQueen and Richard Attenborough

A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS (1966)...Paul Scofield and Wendy Hiller

A HARD DAY'S NIGHT (1964)...The Beatles

GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER (1967)...Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn


February 20

BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (1969)...Paul Newman and Robert Redford

PLANET OF THE APES (1968)...Charlton Heston and Kim Hunter

EASY RIDER (1969)...Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper

OLIVER! (1968)...Ron Moody and Oliver Reed

RACHEL, RACHEL (1968)...Joanne Woodward and James Olson


February 21

PATTON (1970)...George C. Scott and Karl Malden

McCABE AND MRS. MILLER (1971)...Warren Beatty and Julie Christie

PAPILLON (1973)...Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman

KLUTE (1971)...Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland

CABARET (1972)...Liza Minnelli and Michael York


February 22

THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING (1975)...Sean Connery and Michael Caine

ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST (1975)...Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher

DOG DAY AFTERNOON (1975)...Al Pacino and John Cazale

NETWORK (1976)...William Holden and Faye Dunaway

BOUND FOR GLORY (1976)...David Carradine and Ronny Cox


February 23

ANNIE HALL (1977)...Woody Allen and Diane Keaton

THE GOODBYE GIRL (1977)...Richard Dreyfuss and Marsha Mason

ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN (1976)...Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman

BARRY LYNDON (1975)...Ryan O'Neal and Marisa Berenson


February 24

A LITTLE ROMANCE (1979)...Laurence Olivier and Diane Lane

BEING THERE (1979)...Peter Sellers and Shirley MacLaine

KRAMER VS. KRAMER (1979)...Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep

THE GREAT SANTINI (1979)...Robert Duvall and Blythe Danner

10 (1979)...Dudley Moore and Julie Andrews


February 25

ARTHUR (1981)...Dudley Moore and Liza Minnelli

COAL MINER'S DAUGHTER (1980)...Sissy Spacek and Tommy Lee Jones

OUT OF AFRICA (1985)...Robert Redford and Meryl Streep

FAME (1980)...Irene Cara and Eddie Barth

GLORIA (1980)...Gena Rowlands and Buck Henry


February 26

ABSENCE OF MALICE (1981)...Paul Newman and Sally Field

THE VERDICT (1982)...Paul Newman and James Mason

CHARIOTS OF FIRE (1981)...Ben Cross and Ian Charleson

THE BIG CHILL (1983)...Glenn Close and Jeff Goldblum

DINER (1982)...Steve Guttenberg and Mickey Rourke


February 27

RUNNING ON EMPTY (1988)...Judd Hirsch and Christine Lahti

GANDHI (1982)...Ben Kingsley and Candice Bergen

GLORY (1989)...Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman

A CRY IN THE DARK (1988)...Meryl Streep and Sam Neill


February 28

A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT (1992)...Brad Pitt and Tom Skerritt

A FEW GOOD MEN (1992)...Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson

THE ENGLISH PATIENT (1996)...Ralph Fiennes and Kristen Scott Thomas

THE FISHER KING (1991)...Robin Williams and Jeff Bridges


March 1

LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL (1998)...Robert Benigni and Nicoletta Braschi

CHICAGO (2002)...Renee Zellweger and Richard Gere

SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE (1998)...Joseph Fiennes and Gwyneth Paltrow

THE CIDER HOUSE RULES (1999)...Tobey Maguire and Charlize Theron


March 2


THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS (2002)...Elijah Wood and Ian McKellan

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: RETURN OF THE KING (2003)...Elijah Wood and Ian McKellan


March 3

THE ARTIST (2011)...Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo

THE KING'S SPEECH (2010)...Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush

NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN (2007)...Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin

THE QUEEN (2006)...Helen Mirren and Michael Sheen

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Nice job on that, Barton. Very useful, considering it's primetime that most viewers are actually ready to sit down and watch.


It's very interesting how this year TCM has scheduled the gradual, day by day, change in movie era - from the late 20's - early 30's on Day 1 to the 2010's on day 31. And very consistent. Those who only want "studio era" should be quite happy for the first 18 days, but then not so much the rest of the way. Those who have seen the studio era stuff more than enough by now can take the first couple of weeks to catch up on their reading and then banquet on the serving of new age for a couple of weeks.


I think I'm going to like this year's format.

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I think I'm going to like this year's format.


Yes, I think this year's format is excellent.

I don't give a lot of weight to the Oscars themselves, but I like many of the movies aired on TCM during their 31 Days salute. 


I'm especially looking forward to RUNNING ON EMPTY, which I first saw when I was kid.

I remember being surprised at the time that River Phoenix was nomnated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar when he had the most screen time of any actor in the movie.

(Of course, Tatum O'Neal won a Supporting Actress Oscar for PAPER MOON when in fact she had a leading role in that movie. The same thing happened with Jennifer Hudson in DREAMGIRLS.)

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