Final Week of 31 Days Of Oscar Blogathon: PICTURES/DIRECTORS

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It’s been a fabulous month of entries in our mega blogging event that celebrates everything Oscar. We’ve paid tribute to extraordinary ACTING, expressed outrage over OSCAR SNUBS, celebrated those talented CRAFTS artisans and now… we’ve come to our final week as we pay homage to Oscar-worthy PICTURES and master DIRECTORS.

Just like those last few nail-biting minutes of the Oscars ceremony, let’s honor the very best of the best. Here are this week’s terrific contributors:

PICTURES: 

Classic Film Observations & Obsessions finds “The Unexpected Beauty in SHANE (1953)”

Cracked Rear Viewer serves up some “Rough Justice: THE FRENCH CONNECTION (20th Century Fox 1971)”

Thoughts All Sorts reviews an all-time fave with THE STING

Pop Culture Pundit takes us on a journey with “Finding Elaine: UC Berkley in THE GRADUATE (1967)”

Old Hollywood Films reviews one of John Ford must beautiful masterpieces, “How Green Was My Valley”

Movie Rob revisits some of Oscar’s most popular films… TITANTIC (1997), FORREST GUMP (1994),  SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (1998), THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES (1946), THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI (1957)

Sister Celluloid shares an intimate and fond memory of her father via celluloid with “Saying Goodbye to my Dad and CASABLANCA” 

Danny Reviews takes on a heart-breaking comparison with “Motion Pictures (Away From Her vs. Amour: Alzheimers and Dementia on Screen)”  

Jack Deth, guest blogger on Paulas Cinema Club, takes an detailed perspective on “The Films of 1987”

DIRECTORS:

Leading Auteur Directors honors the legend who rose to the challenge when we needed him most, Howard Hawks At War

Silver Screenings gives us a special treat with “Frank Borzage’s Spiritual Oscar-Winning Romance”

Danny Reviews takes a fascinating look at “Directors (Lina Wertmuller/ Giancarlo Giannini films)”

As we wrap up on this Oscar Sunday, a profound THANK YOU to all of our creative and talented contributors to this month-long event. We know in this rapidly growing blogathon world, writers have many choices so we appreciate you joining ours in the mix! It’s been a fun four years of honoring not only everything Oscar, but to coordinate nicely with Turner Classic Movie network’s 31 Days Of Oscar broadcast event. And of course a huge THANK YOU to my fellow co-hosts Aurora of Once Upon A Screen and Paula of Paula’s Cinema Club! See you in the blogathon sphere…

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ANNOUNCEMENT: 31 DAYS OF OSCAR Blogathon 2016

“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.

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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!

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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!

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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:

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THE ACTORS!

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)

THE OSCARS: Powerful Speeches and Surprises

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The Oscars are over so the red carpets are all rolled up and hopefully Hollywood A-listers are resting up after their long night of frivolity, marking the end of the marathon of awards season. But it’s also the traditional time for pundits to weigh in on the winning and the losing highlights from Tinseltown’s most exciting night. Why should I be any different?

Neil Patrick Harris was anticipated to ‘bring the party’ for his first gig as host of the Academy Awards and he delivered. Mostly. The opening song and dance number was an upbeat, funny crowd favorite that included the impressive song stylings from Anna Kendrick. (For those who DVRed it, play it back in slo-mo and you might actually catch every joke.) His “whitest, sorry brightest” joke was a spot-on call-out to lack of diversity present in nominees. But the Oprah joke was a miss and the constantly guarded ‘prediction box’ was a waste of time. Overall, he did well- let’s hope he hosts again soon.

Over the years there have been amazing acceptance speeches so a nominee must bring their A game these days if their name is called to make it memorable. There were a few that stood out and created social media buzz.

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Patricia Arquette won Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal in BOYHOOD. In her acceptance speech she asked for wage equality for all, as she pointed out women have always been the champoins for others and now it’s time for equal pay for women: “The truth is: even though we sort of feel like we have equal rights in America, right under the surface, there are huge issues that are applied that really do affect women…And it’s time for all the women in America and all the men that love women, and all the gay people, and all the people of color that we’ve all fought for to fight for us now.” Meryl Streep was brought to her feet cheering- and so was I!

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One of my personal favorites in the Best Picture race, THE IMITATION GAME, did not win but it did nab an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. In his acceptance speech, Graham Moore gave an inspirationally candid and personal response to his win. He opened up to attempting suicide at age 16 and had a message for others feeling alone and contemplative of the same (not unlike his main character Alan Turing) : “I would like for this moment to be for that kid out there who feels like she doesn’t fit in anywhere. You do. Stay weird. Stay different, and then when it’s your turn and you are standing on this stage please pass the same message along.”

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I know I’m not alone in the disapointment over the lack of diversity present. Specifically, I was shocked and disturbed to not see nominations of David Oyelowo as nominee for Best Actor, SELMA and Ava DuVernay as nominee for Best Director, SELMA. The very powerful performance of the Best Song nominee from this film “Glory” by artists Common and John Legend, which depicted images inspired by these historical moments in the Civil Rights movement, brought tears and a standing ovation to the audience.

So when “Glory” went on to win Best Song, an equally powerful acceptance speech followed… “Selma is now because the struggle for justice is right now,” stated John Legend, accepting the Oscar standing with Common. “We live in the most incarcerated country in the world. There are more black men under correctional control today than there were in slavery in 1850. When people are marching with our song, we want to tell you we are with you, we see you, we love you, and march on. God bless you.”

There were some interesting surprises too. Twitter exploded when Lady Gaga performed a beautiful performance in tribute to the 50th anniversary of THE SOUND OF MUSIC. I’ve always been a fan of her vocal talents but now she’s gained the respect of the rest of my generation, to join her little monster loyalty too. But I got misty-eyed when Julie Andrews herself came onto the stage to give props to the recently engaged songstress. Looking forward to catching a glimpse of her and Christopher Plummer at Turner Classic Movies Film Festival next month!

Another fun surprise was seeing host NPH in nothing but his tightie whities, a funny nod to Michael Keaton’s Best Actor nominated performance in BIRDMAN. Speaking of Keaton’s underwear, there was another memorable acceptance speech that night. BIRDMAN Best Picture and Best Director winner Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu concluded with not only a call for diversity inclusion and respect for his homeland of Mexico, but also made a hilarious ‘admission’ to wearing Keaton’s tightie whities as his good luck charm that evening.

Lots of fabulous highlights and I look forward to next year’s grand party! You can see my predictions and personal picks from yesterday to see how I made out. (Hey, maybe I should start buying lottery tickets- LOL!)

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The Oscar Picks

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Watching the Red Carpet for The Oscars, enjoying all of Hollywood’s excellence glamming it up under umbrellas and tents as the rain trickles down, so what a better time to review all the Academy Awards nominees in the main categories. I’ll add my two cents of who I believe will likely be the winners, along with who I WISH would be winners. (Yes, sometimes I may differ from the Academy’s vote.)

Best Picture:

“American Sniper” Clint Eastwood, Robert Lorenz, Andrew Lazar, Bradley Cooper, and Peter Morgan, Producers
“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher, and James W. Skotchdopole, Producers
“Boyhood” Richard Linklater and Cathleen Sutherland, Producers
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales, and Jeremy Dawson, Producers
“The Imitation Game” Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky, and Teddy Schwarzman, Producers
“Selma” Christian Colson, Oprah Winfrey, Dede Gardner, and Jeremy Kleiner, Producers
“The Theory of Everything” Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce, and Anthony McCarten, Producers
“Whiplash” Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook, and David Lancaster, Producers

My Prediction: BIRDMAN
My personal pick: The Imitation Game

BEST ACTOR:

Steve Carell in “Foxcatcher”
Bradley Cooper in “American Sniper”
Benedict Cumberbatch in “The Imitation Game”
Michael Keaton in “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
Eddie Redmayne in “The Theory of Everything”

My Prediction: Eddie Radmayne

My personal pick: Eddie Redmayne

BEST ACTRESS:

Marion Cotillard in “Two Days, One Night”
Felicity Jones in “The Theory of Everything”
Julianne Moore in “Still Alice”
Rosamund Pike in “Gone Girl”
Reese Witherspoon in “Wild”

My Prediction: Julianne Moore

My personal pick: Julianne Moore

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:

Patricia Arquette in “Boyhood”
Laura Dern in “Wild”
Keira Knightley in “The Imitation Game”
Emma Stone in “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
Meryl Streep in “Into the Woods”

My Prediction: Patricia Arquette

My personal pick: Emma Stone

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:

Robert Duvall in “The Judge”
Ethan Hawke in “Boyhood”
Edward Norton in “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
Mark Ruffalo in “Foxcatcher”
J.K. Simmons in “Whiplash”

My Prediction: J.K. Simmons

My personal pick: J.K. Simmons

BEST DIRECTOR:

“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Alejandro G. Iñárritu
“Boyhood” Richard Linklater
“Foxcatcher” Bennett Miller
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Wes Anderson
“The Imitation Game” Morten Tyldum

My Prediction: Alejandro G. Inarritu

My personal pick: Morten Tyldum

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM:

“Big Hero 6 Don Hall, Chris Williams, and Roy Conli
“The Boxtrolls” Anthony Stacchi, Graham Annable, and Travis Knight
How to Train Your Dragon 2″ Dean DeBlois, and Bonnie Arnold
“Song of the Sea” Tomm Moore and Paul Young
“The Tale of the Princess Kaguya” Isao Takahata and Yoshiaki Nishimura

My Prediction: Big Hero 6

My Personal Pick: Song of the Sea (because I have a bias towards selkies- although many fans would pick The Lego Movie, which sadly wasn’t even Nominated)

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE:

“CitizenFour” Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy, and Dirk Wilutzky

“Finding Vivian Maier” John Maloof and Charlie Siskel
“Last Days in Vietnam” Rory Kennedy and Keven McAlester
“The Salt of the Earth” Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, and David Rosier
“Virunga” Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara

My Prediction: CitizenFour 

My Personal pick: (I can’t say I’ve seen enough of these films to comment in all honesty.)

BEST ORIGINAL SONG: 

“Everything Is Awesome” from “The Lego Movie”
Music and Lyric by Shawn Patterson
“Glory” from “Selma”
Music and Lyric by John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn
“Grateful” from “Beyond the Lights”
Music and Lyric by Diane Warren
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from “Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me”
Music and Lyric by Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond
“Lost Stars” from “Begin Again” Music and lyrics by Gregg Alexander

My Prediction: “I’m Not Gonna Miss You”

My Personal Pick: “Glory”

ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES (Original Score):

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Alexandre Desplat
“The Imitation Game” Alexandre Desplat
“Interstellar” Hans Zimmer
“Mr. Turner” Gary Yershon
“The Theory of Everything” Jóhann Jóhannsson

My Prediction: “Interstellar” Hans Zimmer

My personal pick: “The Grand Budapest Hotel” Alexandre Desplat

ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY:

“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Emmanuel Lubezki
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Robert Yeoman
“Ida” Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski
“Mr. Turner” Dick Pope

“Unbroken” Roger Deakins

My Prediction: Ida

My personal pick: Unbroken

ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN:

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Milena Canonero
“Inherent Vice” Mark Bridges
“Into the Woods” Colleen Atwood
“Maleficent” Anna B. Sheppard and Jane Clive
“Mr. Turner” Jacqueline Durran

My Prediction: The Grand Budapest Hotel 

My personal pick: The Grand Budapest Hotel 

ACHIEVEMENT IN FILM EDITING:

“American Sniper” Joel Cox and Gary D. Roach
“Boyhood” Sandra Adair
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Barney Pilling
“The Imitation Game” William Goldenberg
“Whiplash” Tom Cross

My Prediction: American Sniper

My personal pick: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best foreign-language film of the year:

“Ida” Poland
“Leviathan” Russia
“Tangerines” Estonia
“Timbuktu” Mauritania
“Wild Tales” Argentina

My prediction: Ida

Achievement in makeup and hairstyling:

“Foxcatcher” Bill Corso and Dennis Liddiard
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier
“Guardians of the Galaxy” Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White

My Prediction: The Grand Budapest Hotel

My Personal Pick: Guardians of the Galaxy

Achievement in sound editing:

“American Sniper” Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman
“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Martín Hernández and Aaron Glascock
“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” Brent Burge and Jason Canovas
“Interstellar” Richard King
“Unbroken” Becky Sullivan and Andrew DeCristofaro

My Prediction: American Sniper

My personal pick: Interstellar

Achievement in sound mixing:

“American Sniper” John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Walt Martin
“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, and Thomas Varga
“Interstellar” Gary A. Rizzo, Gregg Landaker, and Mark Weingarten
“Unbroken” Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, and David Lee
“Whiplash” Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins, and Thomas Curley

My prediction: American Sniper

My personal pick: Interstellar

Achievement in visual effects:

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Bryan Grill and Dan Sudick
“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett and Erik Winquist
“Guardians of the Galaxy” Stephane Ceretti, Nicolas Aithadi, Jonathan Fawkner and Paul Corbould
“Interstellar” Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher

“X-Men: Days of Future Past” Richard Stammers, Lou Pecora, Tim Crosbie and Cameron Waldbauer

My Prediction: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

My personal pick: X-Men: Days of Future Past

Adapted screenplay:

“American Sniper” Written by Jason Hall
“The Imitation Game” Written by Graham Moore
“Inherent Vice” Written for the screen by Paul Thomas Anderson
“The Theory of Everything” Screenplay by Anthony McCarten
“Whiplash” Written by Damien Chazelle

My Prediction: Whiplash

My personal pick: Inherent Vice

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:

“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Written by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo
“Boyhood” Written by Richard Linklater
“Foxcatcher” Written by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Screenplay by Wes Anderson; Story by Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness
“Nightcrawler” Written by Dan Gilroy

My prediction: Birdman
My personal pick: Birdman

 


 

I left off some categories but hey, I haven’t seen all the nominees so I tried to pick the most well-known. How did I do? How did you do??

…Kellee

 

 

 

 

Day One: ACTORS Week of the 31 DAYS OF OSCAR Blogathon

80th Academy Awards NYC Meet the Oscars OpeningThe time has finally arrived! The smell of fresh red carpet unrolled is in the air. It’s awards season. But to us classic film affecianados and Turner Classic Movie network devotees, February also brings the pinnacle in honoring the best of the best, it’s the 31 DAYS OF OSCAR Blogathon!

Our first week of this month-long mega blogging event focuses on the ACTORS. For our first day of this first week, I’ll be ushering in a line-up of talented bloggers that offer us a scrumptious plate of Oscar’s finest in performing their craft…

Danny Miller @cinephiled of CINEPHILED starts the day with blue-eyed view of iconic Paul Newman’s Early Career. But as Danny notes, this actor was a class act until the very end.

Next up, @WolffianClassic of the WOLFFIAN CLASSIC MOVIE DIGEST reviews the great screen legend who so excelled at his craft that he became more known for his characterizations that his own personae on screen, “an artist displayed a thousand faces”: Frederic March, History of an Oscar Winning Actor.

Then, @dianabosch of FLICKIN’ OUT serves up WILLIAM HOLDEN: THE PEFECT ANTI-HERO who was “a different kind of keading man.. because he wasn’t afraid of showing the good, the bad, and the ugly.”

Our good friend Rick @classic_film over at THE CLASSIC FILM AND TV CAFE delights us with Seven Things To Know About Glenda Jackson . From playing famous people of the world’s political stage to becoming a member of the British Parliment herself, Rick educates us on a most impressive career.

Following, @danny_reviews of the DANNY REVIEWS tackles the amazing Oscar wins of DANIEL DAY-LEWIS who as he says, “No matter the size or shape of the role, Daniel Day-Lewis can make it his very own.” We quite agree!

Then, Bernardo @bernardovillela of THE MOVIE RAT ambitiously takes on Actors- Non Competitive, Non Lifetime Wins. And what a list! Bernardo will continue more for the SNUBS week- we look forward to it!

Our great friend and supporter Annmarie @ClassicMovieHub of the CLASSIC MOVIE HUB brings us the sweet and lovely ingenue OLIVIA DE HAVILLAND in THE HEIRESS.  But as Annmarie informs us, this demure dame is not quite what her screen roles reflect, as she was quite the fighter in securing more creative freedoms for actors with the ‘De Havilland Law.’ Wow, this lady has my respect and admiration!


 

Be sure to check back in as we will continue add to this ACTORS list for our first week – even more talented entries to come tomorrow! Along with my co-hosts Aurora @citizenscreen of ONCE UPON A SCREEN and Paula @Paula_Guthat of PAULA’s CINEMA CLUB, we welcome you to read (and give flattering feedback!) all of these fabulous posts all month long…

ACTORS WEEK – Feb 2 & 3 – Kellee hosts on OUTSPOKEN & FRECKLED (see day 2 list, click here)

SNUBS WEEK – Feb 9 & 10 – Aurora hosts on ONCE UPON A SCREEN

CRAFTS WEEK – Feb 16 & 17 – Kellee hosts on OUTSPOKEN & FRECKLED

PICTURES & DIRECTORS WEEK – Feb 23 & 24 – Paula hosts on PAULA’S CINEMA CLUB 

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