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!

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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 …

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This promises to be another February filled with fabulous tales and screen wonders – many of the stories, players and films featured on TCM all month long.  In fact, the network is kicking things off this year in spectacular style on February 1st by featuring all of the Best Picture nominees from Hollywood’s Golden Year, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary! (That would be 1939, by the way) In addition, they are also screening the world premiere of the new, TCM original documentary, “And the Oscar Goes To…” that day.  (Click on the TCM logo above for details and schedule).  In short, if you can’t take the entire month of February off from work or send your kids to your relatives then be sure to clear your DVRs!

AND join the blogathon.  Share stories about the films and players in Oscar’s distinguished history.  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. We are not limiting this event to classic film fare, we want to see and hear it all from the golden man’s more than eighty-five year history – including information and commentaries on this year’s nominees.

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We are doing things a little different this year by focusing on a different Oscars topic each week.  Here are the topics and list of participants, which will be updated as more entries come in.  Note you can decide to join us at any time during the month!

WEEK 1 – Hosted by Kellee – Oscar Snubs!

First up, the VINTAGE CAMEO (@vintagecameos) blog discusses the snubbing of ‘frequently nominated but consistently overlooked for the win’ director “Oscar Snubs-Alfred Hitchcock”: As she aptly states, “Academy’s notorious, career-spanning snub of Alfred Hitchcock—one of film history’s most enduringly entertaining AND well-respected filmmakers—is especially perplexing.”

Next, our 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon co-host Aurora (@citizenscreen) of ONCE UPON A SCREEN brings to light, “The Snubbing of Barton Keyes.” In review of the overlooked performance of Edward G. Robinson’s iconic role in Double Indemnity (1944), Aurora writes: “Robinson’s depiction of the ruthless, irritable, funny, big-hearted, insurance adjuster with the “little man” who lives in his gut that serves as a warning when some claim seems “off,” is unforgettable.”

Ruth of SILVER SCREENINGS (@925Screenings) offers up “Oscar Snub: Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.” In defense of the screenplay that never received the Oscar nom, she adds, “The script has all the hallmarks of a great western: memorable lines, interesting characters, and authentic-looking sets.”

The Gal Herself of ONE GAL’S MUSINGS discusses the Oscar snubs of Richard Burton in“Richard Burton’s Bad Luck with Drunk Cowboys.”  As she describes his predicament- he was “tormented by the choices he’d made… Burton believed that an Oscar would be tangible evidence that it all had been worth it.”

A PERSON IN THE DARK gives us the “2 Oscar Snubs That Really Irk Me.” FlickChick has “a list of gripes and grievances a mile long” but she’s chosen to “just share 2 of the snubbed ones that really, really irk me” with the performances of Jean Hagan as Lina Lamont in “Singin’ In The Rain” (1952) and Robert Preston as Toddy in “Victor/Victoria” (1982)

ImagineMDD (@ImagineMDD) evaluates the obvious oversight of “Bringing Up Cary Grant and Oscars” with a detailed breakdown of his remarkable yet snubbed performances. With 72 films- many as popular then as they remain now- it’s hard to believe he only received 2 noms for Best Actor?!

Next up, Kelly (@popcornnmovies) over at ON POPCORN AND MOVIES provides a delicious serving of the many snub highlights over the years of Oscar history in “What Do You Want… Awards or Iconic?”

One of the lovely Metzinger sisters, Connie, at SILVER SCENES Blog builds a compelling case for the snubbed yet grand sets in the film “Suez” (1938), “Set Design – Suez” (1938)  As Connie points out, “it remains an entertaining and thrilling spectacle.”

Next, Marlee of PICTURE SPOILERS reveals a biopic view of Marion Benson Owens aka Frances Marion for her unsung works in The Second Annual Muse Awards: 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon  

Minoo on the CLASSIC MOVIE HUB BLOG justifiably argues for Oscar Snub- Myrna Loy. As Minoo scribes regarding one of Loy’s most memorable roles… “The fact that Loy wasn’t even nominated for this touching, poignant and truthful performance is certainly one of the Oscars’ biggest snubs.”

Finally, fellow 31 DAYS OF OSCAR co-host Paula of PAULA’S CINEMA CLUB passionately protests the Oscar Snub: Barbara Stanwyck in STELLA DALLAS. As Paula astutely observes, “I also think the realism of Stanwyck’s performance may have been another contributing factor. She is always so natural, and almost never seems to be acting.”

WEEK 2 – Hosted by Kellee – Music, Costumes, Cinematography, Writing, etc.

First up, we get all glammed up as Kimberly (@GlamAmor) from GLAMAMOR brings us her latest entry for Style Essentials with “Ava Gardner is Dressed to Kill in Vera West for 1946’s THE KILLERS”

Continuing in a fashionable theme, Kay (@KayStarStyle) from MOVIE STAR MAKEOVERreminisces on the best red carpet style successes from the Oscars with “Retro Red Carpet Review”

CAFTAN WOMAN (@CaftanWoman) revisits the fourteen original songs introduced by Bing Crosby, nominated for Best Song Oscars over the course of his film history in “Sing A Song of Oscar”

Minoo from CLASSIC MOVIE HUB BLOG (@classicmoviehub) takes a twist on the auteur theory with cinematographer master “Gregg Toland: The Second Genius of CITIZEN KANE”

Margaret (@MargaretPerryKH) of the MARGARET PERRY Blog takes a look at the Oscar nominated writing partnership and long-lasting friendships between the Kanin/Gordon writing team and Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy in “Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin write for the silver screen’s dream team”

Fritzi (@moviessilently) of MOVIES SILENTLY reflects back on the writing of the uniquely categorized nominations of the very first Oscars in “The Silent Oscars” 

Kelly (@popcornnmovies) of …ON POPCORN AND MOVIES devotes her post to the beautiful 2005 film adaption that practically swept all the “art” categories with six Academy Awards nominations, “MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA… in need of no words…” 

THE VINTAGE CAMEO (@vintagecameos) waxes melancholy on the Oscar categories that have gone extinct with “Forgotten Oscars: Best Dance Direction”

IMAGINEMDD (@ImagineMDD) gets musical with her favorite Oscar song winners: “15 Great Early Best Original Song Oscar Winners”  

Jack Deth posting on PAULA’S CINEMA CLUB lends huge kudos to 1976 Best Costume Design Oscar winners Milena Cannonero and Ulla-Britt Sonderlundin in, “Costuming BARRY LYNDON (1975) by Jack Deth”

Constance from SILVER SCENES Blog joins in with a delightful tribute to the entertaining editor with perfect comedic timing best known for his Disney films, “Editor- Cotton Warburton”

Victoria (@miss_vicki) of GIRLS DO FILM offers up a wonderful review of two films of the same story with Oscar winning results like Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design with,“The Spectacle of MOULIN ROUGE”  

Angela (@MaterialGirl850) over at THE HOLLYWOOD REVUE orchestrates a melodic perspective on the magical relationship between film and song with, “The Power Of An Original Song” 

WEEK 3 – Hosted by Paula – Actors!

Pam at Once Upon A Screen — The Golden Age of Hollywood Revisited: Henry Fonda Finally Wins An Oscar

The Gal Herself — In Praise of Practical Magic: Julie Andrews

Emily of The Vintage Cameo — Actors Playing Actors

Margaret of The Great Katharine Hepburn — Katharine Hepburn’s One and Only Academy Awards Appearance

Rich of Wide Screen World — Oscar Trading Cards: Actor Assortment

Karen of Shadows and Satin — Van Heflin in Johnny Eager (1941)

ImagineMDD — Hume Cronyn: One Life, a Boatload of Characters

Lê of Crítica Retrô — Best Oscar Acceptance Speeches

Kelly of …On Popcorn and Movies — The Origins of Smolder…Gary Cooper and a little bit about Pitt

Ivan of Thrilling Days of Yesteryear — Stuart Whitman in The Mark(1961)

Shane of Classic Film Haven — The Amazing Stories of Harold Russell and Haing S. Ngor

Aurora of Once Upon A Screen — Spencer Tracy: Oscar and the Actor’s Actor

Week 4 – Hosted by Aurora – The Directors!  

Visit with the great Sidney Lumet as he directs 12 Angry Men, a fabulous entry by Silver Screenings.

Then read about how Federico Fellini drew from his own contradictions in a Spotlight by Maegan, a guest post on Once Upon a Screen.

After that consider the lasting and moving work of one born to showbiz as Vincente Minnelli is duly honored by The Vintage Cameo.

Proceed on and be reminded that he was much more than a “women’s director.” George Cukor (as in “cucumber”) is the subject of Margaret Perry’s retrospective on an impressive career.

Finally… on popcorn and movies brings it all home with a discussion about how John Ford Screwed Up her Geography!

Week 5 – Hosted by Paula – THE MOVIES!  

Margaret of The Great Katharine Hepburn tells us why Little Women (1933) is a very big deal.

Kelly of …On Popcorn & Movies recalls her experience seeing the 2011 Best Picture winner, The King’s Speech, at its first public viewing in Telluride.

Ruth of Silver Screenings writes that Paramount got its money’s worth for the $2 million it spent on Wings in Flyboys In Love and War.

Christy of Christy’s Inkwells gives us the backstory on A Man For All Seasons.

Iba of I Luv Cinema predicts who will be making the Best Pictures of the future in ‘Twas the Night Before the Academy Awards Ceremony.

I speculate wildly on how two Best Picture (and two Best Director) categories might change to the Academy Awards in Could more be more?

Aurora of Once Upon A Screen pays tribute to the “great, if underappreciated” George Stevens’ work on A Place in the Sun.

AnnMarie of Classic Movie Hub Blog analyzes You Can’t Take It With You, “a profoundly moving film that is as relevant today as it was over 75 years ago when it first hit the big screen.”

Em of The Vintage Cameo describes The Silent Inspirations ofTitanic (1997), “deep-rooted images [that] would remain even in Cameron’s version nearly a century later.”

Join us!

We are taking turns hosting, but 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

It would also be great if you can include any of the event banners included in this post on your blog to help us promote the event.

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

In the meantime…

Here’s to Oscar, to TCM and to YOU!

Happy blogging!

PS – You may want to peruse the entries for last year’s event – it was absolutely fantastic and I’ve no doubt you’ll be duly impressed.

More banners – all courtesy of Kellee Pratt.

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54 thoughts

  1. This is yet another fantastic Blogathon to look forward to. I still haven’t read all the pieces from The Classic Movie History Project yet… You ladies are just the cats!!!!

  2. Hooray! I was wondering if there would be the event this year again and bang! You appear with the post.
    At first, I’ll concentrate on Weeks 3 and 4 and talk about the coolest acceptance speeches.
    Kisses!
    Le

  3. I’d like to participate, please. I don’t know what to write for week one, because I can’t think of a situation in which Miss Hepburn was snubbed. For week two I’d like to write about the writing of husband and wife team Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin. Week three I’ll talk about Miss Hepburn. Week four I’ll talk about George Cukor. Week five I’ll talk about LITTLE WOMEN (1933). I hope these topics are acceptable. Thank you.

  4. Seems like I’ve barely got over the excitement of the last blogathon and here’s another – how exciting 😉 I’d love to contribute: for week 2 I’d love to compare Moulin Rouge (1952) and Moulin Rouge! (2001) which both won oscars for costume design. I’d also like to write about a snubbed movie for week 5 but I’m not sure which one yet…!

  5. Hi there! I’m in! I will take Week 2. I plan to cover an award that only got given out once: Best Title Writing, which went to THE RED MILL, a Holland-set Marion Davies vehicle directed by Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle. Intriguing enough? 😉

        1. Fabulous! It looks like I got mixed up in my releases, Joseph Farnham won best titles for The Fair Co-ed, different Marion Davies vehicle. (As well as a few other films) However, I know for a fact that Hecht wrote Underworld. 😉 So I am sticking with my choice of Mr. Hecht.

  6. Aurora, I think I would love to do Week 2, if that isn’t too full yet. My topic would be writers and their too-often unappreciated major importance. I can think of some classics and some present-day. Would that be of interest for the blogathon?

  7. I’d like to contribute to week 1 – snubs – and write about Jean Hagen in “Singin’ in the Rain” and Robert Preston in “Victor/Victoria.” – if that is okay 🙂

  8. I would like to contribute for Classic Movie Hub.

    For week one I would like to write about Myrna Loy, who was never nominated for an Oscar.
    For week two I would like to write about Cinematographer Gregg Toland and his win for Citizen Kane.

  9. Hello! I would like to contribute for Classic Movie Hub. For week one I would like to write about Myrna Loy, who was never nominated for an Oscar. And for week two I would like to write about Cinematographer Gregg Toland and his win for Citizen Kane.

  10. How perfect! I was just planning on writing a post tomorrow about Bernard Herzbrun’s marvelous sets for “Suez” ( 1938 ) and he was SNUBBED at the Oscars that year. If it’s not too late to join, could you count me in?

    Constance Metzinger,
    Silver Scenes
    silverscenesblog.blogspot.com

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