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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.

Here are a few of our must see movies for February 1 – 10. 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)

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To see a preview/trailer of the film just click the title and it will take you to the page with the clip. (if applicable)

Thursday Feb 1

Best Original Song Winners & Nominees

 

Poster for the movie "An Affair to Remember"

© 1957 20th Century Fox − All right reserved.

 

8:00 AM ET Affair to Remember, An (1957)

A romantic shipboard romance inspires a couple to promise to meet six months later.

Dir: Leo McCarey Cast: Cary Grant , Deborah Kerr , Richard Denning . C- 115 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

It was nominated for a total of four Academy Awards. It didn’t win any but that’s ok because we love it anyway.

  • CINEMATOGRAPHY — Milton Krasner
  • COSTUME DESIGN — Charles LeMaire
  • MUSIC (Scoring) — Hugo Friedhofer
  • MUSIC (Song) — “An Affair To Remember,” Music by Harry Warren; Lyrics by Harold Adamson and Leo McCarey

 

Poster for the movie "Swing Time"

© 1936 RKO Radio Pictures − All right reserved.

 

8:00 PM ET Swing Time (1936)

To prove himself worthy of his fiancee, a dancer tries to make it big, only to fall for his dancing partner.

Dir: George Stevens Cast: Fred Astaire , Ginger Rogers , Victor Moore . BW- 104 mins, CC,

It was nominated for two Academy Awards and won one.

  • DANCE DIRECTION — “Bojangles of Harlem” number; Hermes Pan
  • MUSIC (Song) — “The Way You Look Tonight,” Music by Jerome Kern; Lyrics by Dorothy Fields – Won

 

Friday Feb 2

Best Original Score Winners & Nominees

 

Poster for the movie "On the Town"

© 1949 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) − All right reserved.

 

2:15 PM ET On the Town (1949)

Three sailors wreak havoc as they search for love during a whirlwind 24-hour leave in New York City.

Dir: Gene Kelly Cast: Gene Kelly , Frank Sinatra , Betty Garrett . C- 98 mins, CC,

It was nominated for one and won an Academy Award.

  • MUSIC (Scoring of a Musical Picture) — Roger Edens, Lennie Hayton

 

 

Poster for the movie "Now, Voyager"

© 1942 Warner Bros. − All right reserved.

6:00 PM ET Now, Voyager (1942)

A repressed spinster is transformed by psychiatry and her love for a married man.

Dir: Irving Rapper Cast: Bette Davis , Paul Henreid , Claude Rains . BW- 118 mins, CC,

It was nominated for three Academy Awards and won one.

  • ACTRESS — Bette Davis {“Charlotte Vale”}
  • ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE — Gladys Cooper {“Mrs. Vale”}
  • MUSIC (Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture) — Max Steiner – WON

 

Saturday Feb 3

Best Cinematography Winners & Nominees

 

Poster for the movie "Strangers on a Train"

© 1951 Warner Bros. − All right reserved.

7:30 AM ET Strangers on a Train (1951)

A man’s joking suggestion that he and a chance acquaintance trade murders turns deadly.

Dir: Alfred Hitchcock Cast: Farley Granger , Ruth Roman , Robert Walker . BW- 101 mins, CC,

It was nominated for one Academy Award

  • CINEMATOGRAPHY (Black-and-White) — Robert Burks

 

Poster for the movie "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon"

© 1949 RKO Radio Pictures − All right reserved.

6:00 PM ET She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)

An aging Cavalry officer tries to prevent an Indian war in the last days before his retirement.

Dir: John Ford Cast: John Wayne , Joanne Dru , John Agar . C- 104 mins, CC,

It was nominated for one and won an Academy Award

  • CINEMATOGRAPHY (Color) — Winton Hoch – WON

Sunday Feb 4th

Best Cinematography Winners & Nominees – continued

 

Poster for the movie "Black Narcissus"

© − All right reserved.

8:00 PM ET Black Narcissus (1947)

Nuns founding a convent in the Himalayas are tormented by the area’s exotic beauty.

Dir: Michael Powell Cast: Deborah Kerr , Sabu , David Farrar . C- 101 mins, CC,

It was nominated for two and won both Academy Awards

  • ART DIRECTION (Color) — Art Direction: Alfred Junge; Set Decoration: Alfred Junge
  • CINEMATOGRAPHY (Color) — Jack Cardiff

 

 

Poster for the movie "A Farewell to Arms"

© 1932 Paramount Pictures − All right reserved.

5:00 AM ET Farewell To Arms, A (1932)

An American serving in World War I falls for a spirited nurse.

Dir: Frank Borzage Cast: Helen Hayes , Gary Cooper , Adolphe Menjou . BW- 89 mins, CC,

It was nominated for four and won two Academy Awards

  • ART DIRECTION — Hans Dreier, Roland Anderson [came in 2nd]
  • CINEMATOGRAPHY — Charles Bryant Lang, Jr. – WON
  • OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION — Paramount [came in 2nd]
  • SOUND RECORDING — Paramount Studio Sound Department, Franklin B. Hansen, Sound Director – WON

Monday Feb 5

Best Documentary Winners & Nominees

 

Sea Around Us, The

12:00 PM ET Sea Around Us, The (1952)

Irwin Allen explores the mysteries of the deep blue sea in this Technicolor documentary. Based on Rachel L. Carson’s famous study, this Oscar winning project investigates everything under the sea, from sharks, whales and octopuses to microscopical creatures and their coexistence in this vast underwater world.

It was nominated for and won an Academy Award

  • DOCUMENTARY (Feature) — Irwin Allen, Producer

 

Inconvenient Truth, An

8:00 PM ET Inconvenient Truth, An (2006)

Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim follows Al Gore on the lecture circuit, as the former presidential candidate campaigns to raise public awareness of the dangers of global warming and calls for immediate action to curb its destructive effects on the environment.

It was nominated for and won two Academy Awards

  • DOCUMENTARY (Feature) — Davis Guggenheim 
  • MUSIC (Original Song) — “I Need To Wake Up,” Music and Lyric by Melissa Etheridge

 

Tuesday Feb 6

Best Film Editing Winners & Nominees

 

Poster for the movie "The Great Waltz"

© 1938 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) − All right reserved.

7:00 AM ET Great Waltz, The (1938)

Composer Johann Strauss risks his marriage over his infatuation with a beautiful singer.

Dir: Julien Duvivier Cast: Luise Rainer , Fernand Gravet , Miliza Korjus . BW- 104 mins, CC,

It was nominated for three and won one Academy Award

  • ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE — Miliza Korjus {“Carla Donner”}
  • CINEMATOGRAPHY — Joseph Ruttenberg – WON
  • FILM EDITING — Tom Held

 

Poster for the movie "The Adventures of Robin Hood"

© 1938 Warner Bros. − All right reserved.

10:15 PM ET Adventures of Robin Hood, The (1938)

The bandit king of Sherwood Forest leads his Merry Men in a battle against the corrupt Prince John.

Dir: Michael Curtiz Cast: Errol Flynn , Olivia De Havilland , Basil Rathbone . C- 102 mins, CC,

It was nominated for four and won three Academy Awards

  • ART DIRECTION — Carl J. Weyl – WON
  • FILM EDITING — Ralph Dawson – WON
  • MUSIC (Original Score) — Erich Wolfgang Korngold – WON
  • OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION — Warner Bros.-First National

 

Wednesday Feb 7

Best Special Effects Winners & Nominees

 

Poster for the movie "Blithe Spirit"

© 1945 Two Cities Films − All right reserved.

6:15 AM ET Blithe Spirit (1945)

A man and his second wife are haunted by the ghost of his first wife.

Dir: David Lean Cast: Rex Harrison , Constance Cummings , Kay Hammond . C- 96 mins,

It was nominate for one and won an Academy Award

  • SPECIAL EFFECTS — Special Visual Effects by Thomas Howard

 

Cocoon

11:45 PM ET Cocoon (1985)

A group of elderly people are rejuvenated by aliens after swimming in a pool.

Dir: Ron Howard Cast: Don Ameche , Steve Guttenberg , Hume Cronyn . C- 117 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

It was nominated for and won two Academy Awards

  • ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE — Don Ameche {“Art Selwyn”}
  • VISUAL EFFECTS — Ken Ralston, Ralph McQuarrie, Scott Farrar, David Berry

Thursday Feb 8

Best Sound Winners & Nominees

 

Poster for the movie "The Snake Pit"

© 1948 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation − All right reserved.

12:00 PM ET Snake Pit, The (1948)

A young woman tries to recover her sanity in a corrupt mental institution.

Dir: Anatole Litvak Cast: Olivia de Havilland , Mark Stevens , Leo Genn . BW- 108 mins, CC,

It was nominated for six and won one Academy Award

  • ACTRESS — Olivia de Havilland {“Virginia Stuart Cunningham”}
  • DIRECTING — Anatole Litvak
  • MUSIC (Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture) — Alfred Newman
  • BEST MOTION PICTURE — 20th Century-Fox
  • SOUND RECORDING — 20th Century-Fox Studio Sound Department, Thomas T. Moulton, Sound Director – WON
  • WRITING (Screenplay) — Frank Partos, Millen Brand

 

Poster for the movie "San Francisco"

© 1936 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) − All right reserved.

8:00 PM ET San Francisco (1936)

A beautiful singer and a battling priest try to reform a Barbary Coast saloon owner in the days before the big earthquake.

Dir: W. S. Van Dyke Cast: Clark Gable , Jeanette MacDonald , Spencer Tracy . BW- 115 mins, CC,

It was nominated for six and won one Academy Award

ACTOR — Spencer Tracy {“Father Tim Mullen”}
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR — Joseph Newman
DIRECTING — W. S. Van Dyke
OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION — Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
SOUND RECORDING — Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studio Sound Department, Douglas Shearer, Sound Director – WON
WRITING (Original Story) — Robert Hopkins

Friday Feb 9

Best Costume Design Winners & Nominees

 

Poster for the movie "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?"

© 1962 Seven Arts Productions − All right reserved.

 

8:00 PM ET What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

A crazed, aging star torments her sister in a decaying Hollywood mansion.

Dir: Robert Aldrich Cast: Bette Davis , Joan Crawford , Victor Buono . BW- 134 mins, CC,

It was nominated for five and won one Academy Award

  • ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE — Victor Buono {“Edwin Flagg”}
  • ACTRESS — Bette Davis {“Jane Hudson”}
  • CINEMATOGRAPHY (Black-and-White) — Ernest Haller
  • COSTUME DESIGN (Black-and-White) — Norma Koch – WON
  • SOUND — Glen Glenn Sound Department, Joseph Kelly, Sound Director

 

Poster for the movie "A Room with a View"

© 1985 Goldcrest Films International − All right reserved.

10:30 PM ET Room with a View, A (1986)

An Englishwoman visiting Florence is torn between her straitlaced fiance and a young Bohemian.

Dir: James Ivory Cast: Helena Bonham Carter , Julian Sands , Maggie Smith . C- 117 mins, CC,

It was nominated for eight and won three Academy Awards

  • ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE — Denholm Elliott {“Mr. Emerson”}
  • ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE — Maggie Smith {“Charlotte Bartlett”}
  • ART DIRECTION — Art Direction: Gianni Quaranta, Brian Ackland-Snow; Set Decoration: Brian Savegar, Elio Altamura  – WON
  • CINEMATOGRAPHY — Tony Pierce-Roberts
  • COSTUME DESIGN — Jenny Beavan, John Bright – WON
  • DIRECTING — James Ivory
  • BEST PICTURE — Ismail Merchant, Producer
  • WRITING (Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium) — Ruth Prawer Jhabvala – WON

Saturday Feb 10

Best Art Direction Winners & Nominees

 

Poster for the movie "Little Women"

© 1949 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) − All right reserved.

 

10:00 AM ET Little Women (1949)

The four daughters of a New England family fight for happiness during and after the Civil War.

Dir: Mervyn LeRoy Cast: June Allyson , Peter Lawford , Margaret O’Brien . C- 122 mins, CC,

It was nominated for two and won one Academy Award

  • ART DIRECTION (Color) — Art Direction: Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse; Set Decoration: Edwin B. Willis, Jack D. Moore – WON
  • CINEMATOGRAPHY (Color) — Robert Planck, Charles Schoenbaum

 

Camelot

3:45 AM ET Camelot (1967)

The romance between Guinevere and Lancelot destroys King Arthur’s dream kingdom.

Dir: Joshua Logan Cast: Richard Harris , Vanessa Redgrave , Franco Nero . C- 180 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

It was nominated for five and won three Academy Awards

  • ART DIRECTION — Art Direction: John Truscott, Edward Carrere; Set Decoration: John W. Brown – WON
  • CINEMATOGRAPHY — Richard H. Kline
  • COSTUME DESIGN — John Truscott – WON
  • MUSIC (Scoring of Music–adaptation or treatment) — Alfred Newman, Ken Darby  – WON
  • SOUND — Warner Bros.-Seven Arts Studio Sound Department

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

Enjoy!

 

PS Between movies, please tell us if you watched and liked Our 31 Days of Oscar Choices For February 1 – 10.