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While most people look forward to February because of Valentine’s Day, we look forward to it because of 31 Days of Oscar on Turner Classic Movies (TCM). Each February, TCM showcases the best that Hollywood has offered across all Oscar categories. This year is no exception. This year TCM is presenting featured films based on the Oscar® categories in which they were awarded or nominated. our must see choices for February 11 – 17

Here are a few of our must see movie choices for February 11 – 17. These are movies we have actually seen and recommend.

It was really hard to narrow it down to two per category  to share with you, so for the complete list of all our picks for 31 Days of Oscar on TCM click here. You will also be able to download the complete TCM schedule for the month. (pdf file)

Sunday Feb 11

Best Director Winners & Nominees

 

Poster for the movie "The Grapes of Wrath"

© 1940 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation − All right reserved.

8:00 PM  ET Grapes of Wrath, The (1940)

Oklahoma farmers dispossessed during the Depression fight for better lives in California.

Dir: John Ford Cast: Henry Fonda , Jane Darwell , John Carradine . BW- 129 mins, CC

It was nominated for seven Academy Awards and won two.

ACTOR — Henry Fonda {“Tom Joad”}

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE — Jane Darwell {“Ma Joad”} – WON

DIRECTING — John Ford – WON

FILM EDITING — Robert Simpson

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION — 20th Century-Fox

SOUND RECORDING — 20th Century-Fox Studio Sound Department, E. H. Hansen, Sound Director

WRITING (Screenplay) — Nunnally Johnson

 

Poster for the movie "The Awful Truth"

© 1937 Columbia Pictures Corporation − All right reserved.

12:45 AM Awful Truth, The (1937)

A divorced couple keeps getting mixed up in each other’s love lives.

Dir: Leo McCarey Cast: Irene Dunne , Cary Grant , Ralph Bellamy . BW- 91 mins, CC,

It was nominated for six Academy Awards and won one.

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE — Ralph Bellamy {“Daniel Leeson”}

ACTRESS — Irene Dunne {“Lucy Warriner”}

DIRECTING — Leo McCarey – WON

FILM EDITING — Al Clark

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION — Columbia

WRITING (Screenplay) — Vina Delmar

Monday Feb 12

Best Director Winners & Nominees

 

Poster for the movie "You Can't Take It With You"

© 1938 Columbia Pictures − All right reserved.

7:45 AM ET You Can’t Take It With You (1938)

A girl from a family of freethinkers falls for the son of a conservative banker.

Dir: Frank Capra Cast: Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore, James Stewart. BW- 126 mins, CC,

It was nominated for seven Academy Awards and won two.

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE — Spring Byington {“Penny Sycamore”}

CINEMATOGRAPHY — Joseph Walker

DIRECTING — Frank Capra – WON

FILM EDITING — Gene Havlick

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION – Columbia – WON

SOUND RECORDING — Columbia Studio Sound Department, John Livadary, Sound Director

WRITING (Screenplay) — Robert Riskin

 

Poster for the movie "Dodsworth"

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12:00 PM  ET Dodsworth (1936)

A husband whose wife left him looks for new love in Europe.

Dir: William Wyler Cast: Walter Huston , Ruth Chatterton , Paul Lukas . BW- 101 mins, CC,

It was nominated for seven Academy Awards and won one.

ACTOR — Walter Huston {“Sam Dodsworth”}

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE — Maria Ouspenskaya {“Baroness von Obersdorf”}

ART DIRECTION — Richard Day – WON

DIRECTING — William Wyler

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION — Samuel Goldwyn Productions

SOUND RECORDING — United Artists Studio Sound Department, Thomas T. Moulton, Sound Director

WRITING (Screenplay) — Sidney Howard

Tuesday Feb 13

Best Foreign Language Film Winners & Nominees

 

Umbrellas of Cherbourg

2:00 PM ET Umbrellas of Cherbourg, The (1964)

A young French couple is separated by the war in Algiers.

Dir: Jacques Demy Cast: Catherine Deneuve , Nino Castelnuovo , Anne Vernon . C- 92 mins,

It was nominated for a total of five Academy Awards in two Academy years and did not win any.

1964 (37th)

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM – France

1965 (38th)

MUSIC (Music Score–substantially original) — Michel Legrand, Jacques Demy

MUSIC (Scoring of Music–adaptation or treatment) — Michel Legrand

MUSIC (Song) — “I Will Wait For You,” Music by Michel Legrand; Lyrics by Jacques Demy; English Lyrics by Norman Gimbel

WRITING (Story and Screenplay–written directly for the screen) — Jacques Demy

 

 

La Strada

8:00 PM ET La Strada (1954)

A traveling strongman buys a peasant girl to be his wife and co-star.

Dir: Federico Fellini Cast: Giulietta Masina , Anthony Quinn , Richard Basehart . BW- 108 mins,

It was nominated for two Academy Awards and won one.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM — Italy; Dino De Laurentiis and Carlo Ponti, Producers

[NOTE: For the 29th Academy Awards, the name(s) of the producer(s) were included in the nomination for the Foreign Language Film category.]

WRITING (Screenplay–Original) — Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinelli

Wednesday Feb 14

Best Adapted Screenplay Winners & Nominees

 

Brief Encounter

 

10:45 AM ET Brief Encounter (1945)

Two married strangers meet in a train station and fall in love.

Dir: David Lean Cast: Celia Johnson, Trevor Howard, Stanley Holloway. BW- 87 mins, CC,

It was nominated for three Academy Awards and failed to win any.

ACTRESS — Celia Johnson {“Laura Jesson”}

DIRECTING — David Lean

WRITING (Screenplay) — David Lean, Anthony Havelock-Allan, Ronald Neame

 

Poster for the movie "Little Women"

© 1933 RKO Radio Pictures − All right reserved.

10:15 PM ET Little Women (1933)

The four March sisters fight to keep their family together and find love while their father is off fighting the Civil War.

Dir: George Cukor Cast: Katharine Hepburn, Joan Bennett, Paul Lukas. BW- 116 mins, CC,

It was nominated for three Academy Awards and won one.

DIRECTING — George Cukor [came in 3rd]

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION — RKO Radio [came in 3rd]

WRITING (Adaptation) — Victor Heerman, Sarah Y. Mason – WON

Thursday Feb 15

Best Original Screenplay Winners & Nominees

 

Poster for the movie "Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer"

© − All right reserved.

4:00 PM ET Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer, The (1947)

A teenage girl’s crush on a playboy spells trouble, particularly when he falls for her older sister.

Dir: Irving Reis Cast: Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, Shirley Temple. BW- 95 mins, CC,

It was nominated for only one Academy Award which it won.

WRITING (Original Screenplay) — Sidney Sheldon

 

 

Poster for the movie "Pillow Talk"

© 1959 Arwin Productions − All right reserved.

10:15 PM ET Pillow Talk (1959)

A man and woman carry their feud over the telephone line they share into their real lives.

Dir: Michael Gordon Cast: Rock Hudson, Doris Day, Tony Randall.

C- 102 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

It was nominated for five Academy Awards and won one.

ACTRESS — Doris Day {“Jan Morrow”}

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE — Thelma Ritter {“Alma”}

ART DIRECTION (Color) — Art Direction: Richard H. Riedel; Set Decoration: Russell A. Gausman, Ruby R. Levitt

MUSIC (Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture) — Frank DeVol

WRITING (Story and Screenplay–written directly for the screen) — Story by Russell Rouse, Clarence Greene; Screenplay by Stanley Shapiro, Maurice Richlin – WON

Friday Feb 16

Best Original Story Winners & Nominees

 

Poster for the movie "One Way Passage"

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8:00 AM ET One Way Passage (1932)

An ocean voyage leads to romance for a dying heiress and a condemned criminal.

Dir: Tay Garnett Cast: William Powell, Kay Francis, Aline MacMahon.

BW- 68 mins, CC,

It was nominated for only one Academy Award which it won.

WRITING (Original Story) — Robert Lord

 

Poster for the movie "Vacation from Marriage"

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4:00 AM ET Vacation From Marriage (1945)

After World War II service changes them, a married couple dread their postwar reunion.

Dir: Alexander Korda Cast: Robert Donat, Deborah Kerr, Glynis Johns. BW- 93 mins, CC,

It was also nominated for one Academy Award which it won as well.

WRITING (Original Motion Picture Story) — Clemence Dane

Saturday Feb 17

Best Supporting Actress Winners & Nominees

 

Poster for the movie "I Remember Mama"

© 1948 RKO Radio Pictures − All right reserved.

6:00 AM ET I Remember Mama (1948)

Norwegian immigrants face the trials of family life in turn-of-the-century San Francisco.

Dir: George Stevens Cast: Irene Dunne , Barbara Bel Geddes , Oscar Homolka . BW- 134 mins, CC,

It was nominated for five Academy Awards and failed to win one.

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE — Oscar Homolka {“Uncle Chris”}

ACTRESS — Irene Dunne {“Mama”}

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE — Barbara Bel Geddes {“Katrin”}

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE — Ellen Corby {“Aunt Trina”}

CINEMATOGRAPHY (Black-and-White) — Nicholas Musuraca

 

Poster for the movie "All This and Heaven Too"

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8:30 AM ET All This, and Heaven Too (1940)

A French nobleman falls in love with his children’s governess.

Dir: Anatole Litvak Cast: Bette Davis, Charles Boyer, Jeffrey Lynn. BW- 143 mins, CC,

It was nominated for three Academy Awards and didn’t win any.

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE — Barbara O’Neil {“Duchesse de Praslin”}

CINEMATOGRAPHY (Black-and-White) — Ernest Haller

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION — Warner Bros.

We will be back next Friday with our choices for next week.

Enjoy the best of the best!

choices for February 11 – 17