“I’m very enthusiastic about the Academy Awards because if there were no Oscars, we wouldn’t have as many good movies as we do have.” – Robert Osborne

The Oscars – both maligned and praised are always cause for celebration and we’re here to do just that.

1937 Oscars held at the Biltmore Bowl of the Biltmore Hotel on Thursday, March 4

For the fourth consecutive year, Outspoken & Freckled (@Irishjayhawk66) joins forces with Aurora, (@CitizenScreen) of Once Upon a Screen and Paula (@Paula_Guthat) of Paula’s Cinema Club for the 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon.  We started this event to coincide with Turner Classic Movie’s 31 Days of Oscar marathon during which the network shines the spotlight on the storied history of the Academy Awards.  This year the network is presenting Oscar-themed movies with a twist on the “Six degrees of Kevin Bacon” parlor game where each film will be linked by a common performer to the one following it with the last film presented on the 31st day linked back to the first.  No doubt the “360 Degrees of Oscar” will be a fun journey through film connections in Oscar’s storied history.  You can download the TCM February schedule here.  And while you’re planning your viewing schedule plan your entry to the blogathon!

Billy Wilder with his three Oscars for writing, directing and producing Best Picture winner, THE APARTMENT (1960)

Most of you know the drill – during the month-long event tell us about which films, actors or directors deserved an Oscar nod and were ignored or about which films inspire you with their music or lighting. Any Oscar-related topic is fair game.  We are not limiting this event to classic film fare, we want to see and hear it all from the golden man’s glitter- and scandal-filled history – including information and commentaries on this year’s nominees.  The only restriction is we prefer no previously published posts.

Just as we’ve done in previous years, which proved big successes, we will be focusing on a different Oscars topic each week — note that you can join us at any time during the month and submit as many entires as you want!  We will promote posts according to topics as follows:

February 6 – Hosted by Aurora on Once Upon a Screen – THE ACTORS!

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February 13 – Hosted by Kellee at Outspoken & Freckled – OSCAR SNUBS!

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February 20 – Hosted by Paula at Paula’s Cinema Club – THE CRAFTS! (Music, Costumes, Cinematography, Writing, etc.)

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February 27 – Hosted by Kellee THE MOTION PICTURES and Aurora THE DIRECTORS!

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We hope you join us!

You can submit topics either by leaving comments on any of our blogs, via twitter or by email. We ask that you please include the following:

  • Title and link to your blog
  • contact information
  • Topic
  • Event banner in your post and link to host blog(s)

SO – write to your heart’s desire! Write one post or several on each topic. But write!

In the meantime…

Here’s to Oscar, to TCM and to YOU!

Happy blogging!

Francis Marion accepts Oscar for Best Writing Achievement for THE BIG HOUSE (1930) in 1931 from Jack Cunningham

If you’re interested take a look at all of the previous years’ entries to the 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon: 2015, 2014, 2013.

Participating Blogs and Chosen Topics by Week and Category:

February 6


Old Hollywood Films – 1941 Best Actor Race

Movie Movie Blog Blog – Chill Wills

Second Sight Cinema – Elizabeth Taylor

Smitten Kitten Vintage – Norma Shearer in THE DIVORCEE (1930)

The Wonderful World of Cinema – Anne Bancroft in THE MIRACLE WORKER (1962)

Wolffian Classics Movies Digest – Sidney Poitier LILIES OF THE FIELD (1963)

31 thoughts on “ANNOUNCEMENT: 31 DAYS OF OSCAR Blogathon 2016

  1. 1 / 9 / 2016 ~ WHAT?!!! It’s that time of the year again, and the three hostesses with the mostesses are back with their “31 Days of Oscar Blogathon.” CineMaven’s Essays from the Couch ( ) here, and I’d like to write about the Oscar snub for what should have been the Best Picture of 1957 “Sweet Smell of Success.” I want to hit it on all cylinders for Best Actor ( shoulda been Burt Lancaster ) Best Supporting Actor ( shoulda been Tony Curtis ) Best Supporting Actress ( shoulda been Barbara Nichols or my sweetie pie Lurene Tuttle who played the hell out of her five-minute part down to her fingertips! ) and Best Director ( shoulda been Alexander MacKendrick…not to mention Best Cinematography ( shoulda been the Master: James Wong Howe. ) So let me at ’em Kellee. Let me at ’em!!
    – CineMaven


      1. WHEW! Thank you Kellee. It’ll all be under one umbrella. A snub for “Sweet Smell of Success.” I know I know…I need to take a breath. Whew!!! ( Thanx! )


  2. If possible, I’d definitely love to discuss why Irene Dunne was the queen of freaking everything, and Oscar should have his head permanently hung in shame for never acknowledging that fact. 😉 I’m sure I’ll have others, but I needed to claim that, now!,, & @oldmovieweirdo on the twitterator.


  3. Kellee: I can never approach this subject head-on. Instead, since this year marks the 50th anniversary of the release of the melodrama THE OSCAR, I was wondering if I could do a review of this movie and compare it to the “real thing.”


  4. Hi Kellee, I’d love to take part in this at http;// My contribution would be for that Oscar-winning quintessential 70’s cop flick, THE FRENCH CONNECTION!


  5. Kellee: I changed my mind on what I’d like to cover for your blogathon. In 1960, Western actor Chill Wills embarked on a notorious and colorful campaign to win a Best Supporting Actor Oscar as John Wayne’s sidekick in “The Alamo.” I think you’ll get a kick out of my recounting of it — you can file it under either “The Actors” or “Oscar Snubs.”


  6. I’m so excited about this! I couldn’t believe it when I heard this morning that Stanley Tucci was overlooked For Spotlight, so I’d like to post about him under snubs. I’ll be back with my link when I get it written. Thanks so much for doing this again this year.


    1. Hi Rob~ I’m culling all of the posts for our final week, of which you have several contributions. I haven’t read them all yet but just a quick reminder that each post must include one of our 31 Days Of Oscar banners (which I didn’t see on the TITANIC one, not sure on the others yet) and all the posts must be new or very recent material (I noticed the term ‘encore review’ on a couple of your posts, so I’m just confirming). Otherwise, we’re looking good and I should post the week 4 list post tomorrow morning. Thanks so much, Rob!


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