Best Original Song, Misses and Hits #31DaysOfOscar

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) first introduced the ‘Best Original Song’ category at the 7th Academy Awards ceremony in 1934.  That year “The Continental” from Mark Sandrich’s The Gay Divorcee, music by Con Conrad and lyrics by Herb Magidson became the first Best Original Song. Fred and Ginger doing “The Continental” Since “The […]


Ultimate Snubs – Never nominated… #31DaysOfOscars

I sit and peruse.  And my jaw drops.  Intending to focus on one film that received not one Oscar nomination for Snubs week in the 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon what I find is astounding.  Far too many greats, including some of my all-time favorites never had their title noted on “the envelope please.”  So I change my […]


OSCAR SNUBS for the #31DaysOfOscar Blogathon

“Now I know what it feels like to be the bridesmaid and never the bride.”  – Thelma Ritter on being nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Oscar four times in a row without a win.  The legendary character actress would receive two subsequent nominations – that’s a total of six without ever taking home the golden statuette! I […]


F. Murray Abraham in AMADEUS (1984) – One Scene

Milos Forman was invited to see “Amadeus” on stage and dreaded the idea of watching a period piece about classical music.  In fact, he said he couldn’t think of anything more boring.  That’s exactly how I felt about the prospect of watching a nearly three-hour retelling of a composer’s life.  Not only am I not (necessarily) a […]


31 Days of Oscar Blogathon 2015

EPIC turnout!  75 entries representing the entire 87 year history of the Oscars! THE ACTORS! Flickin’ Out – William Holden: The Perfect Anti-Hero Wolffian Classic Movie Digest – Fredric March: History of an Oscar-winning Actor Classic Movie Hub – Olivia de Havilland in THE HEIRESS CineMaven’s Essays from the Couch – NETWORK Wolffian Classic Movie […]


A Place in the Sun (1951)

The nominees for Best Motion Picture in 1952 for film achievements in 1951 were Vincente Minnelli’s An American in Paris, Anatole Litvak’s Decision Before Dawn, George Stevens’ A Place in the Sun, Mervyn LeRoy’s Quo Vadis, and Elia Kazan’s A Streetcar Named Desire.  It was Minnelli’s An American in Paris that took home the Oscar for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) […]


Spotlight on Fellini

Maegan is back with this special guest post for the 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon.  You can follow her on Twitter @MaesMusings ♦ Will You Listen to What I Have to Say? I think that if you talk about what you know and talk about yourself, and your family, your hometown . . . when […]


Spencer Tracy: Oscar and the Actor’s Actor

The first Spencer Tracy movie I ever saw was George Cukor’s Edward, My Son, the 1949 drama in which Tracy plays an obsessive father who goes to extremes to ensure his son’s success.  I was riveted by the movie and Tracy’s performance.  I was either seven or eight years old and didn’t know who Spencer […]


The Golden Age of Hollywood Revisited

Following is a guest post by Pamela Fallon Thornley for the 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon.  You can follow Pam on Twitter at @fallonthornley . ♦ The first Academy Award ceremonies I was able to watch fully, was the 54th Ceremonies in 1982, on March 29th.  I know this because I was 14 years old and I […]


The Snubbing of Barton Keyes

The 17th Academy Awards, which honored achievement in film in 1944 was held at Grauman’s Chinese Theater on Thursday, March 15, 1945 and was one of distinction for several reasons. For one thing, the 1945 Oscars marked the first time the ceremony was broadcast nationally on the ABC Radio network.  This was also the first year that the […]


31 Days of Oscar Blogathon 2014

“I’ll tell you this about the Oscars – they’re real.” – William H. Macy And so is this blogathon! For the second year in a row Kellee (@IrishJayHawk66) of Outspoken and Freckled, Paula (@Paula_Guthat) of Paula’s Cinema Club and Aurora (@CitizenScreen) of Once Upon a Screen bring you a mammoth blogathon event to coincide with Turner Classic Movie’s (TCM) 31 Days of Oscar … This promises to be […]


OH NO THEY DIDN’T! Ignored by Oscar

Awards season always brings out the movie critic in us all. Opining and critiquing become part of daily exchanges in all manner of social media.  The fact that the 2013 Oscars are now history deters Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and its legion of fans not.  We continue to pay attention to Oscars past and offer opinions […]

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1942 Oscars – Heart over Brains

The 14th Academy Awards honored American film achievements in 1941. The ceremony was held at the Biltmore Bowl of the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles on Thursday, February 26, 1942, only a few months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.  Bob Hope presided as host.  The attack on American shores in itself made this an unforgettable year during […]


Oscar “Firsts”

While some of us may disagree or even express insult in choices both past and present, one thing is certain, that as film fans the Oscars are a part of our lives – the grandest of award shows, the pièce de résistance of Hollywood. To start my personal Oscars blogathon journey I thought it would be […]