31 Days of Oscar Blogathon 2015

EPIC turnout!  75 entries representing the entire 87 year history of the Oscars!


Flickin’ OutWilliam Holden: The Perfect Anti-Hero

Wolffian Classic Movie DigestFredric March: History of an Oscar-winning Actor

Classic Movie HubOlivia de Havilland in THE HEIRESS

CineMaven’s Essays from the CouchNETWORK

Wolffian Classic Movie DigestIngrid Bergman, History of an Oscar winning dame

Caftan WomanPaul Lucas, Best Actor 1944

The Movie RatActors – Non-competitive, non-lifetime wins

CinephiledPaul Newman’s Early Career

Classic Film & TV CafeSeven Things to Know About Glenda Jackson

Danny ReviewsDaniel Day-Lewis

Smitten Kitten VintageBette Davis

The Wonderful World of CinemaHelen Hayes as Ada Quonsett, AIRPORT’s Best Performance

E Street Film SocietyEllen Burstyn in ALICE DOESN’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE

Moon in GeminiChild Stars Nominees/Winners

The Movie GourmetCAGED: Eleanor Parker and Hope Emerson in the Prototype for Orange in the New Black

Once Upon a Screen – F. Murray Abraham in AMADEUS – One Scene

Critica RetroEmil Jannings

Movie CriticalIn Their Shoes: Oscar Winning Performances of Historical Figures


The official post dedicated to Oscars Snubs can be accessed here.

One Gal’s Musings – Bruce Willis reminds me of Cary Grant

Smitten Kitten Vintage – Marilyn Monroe

Kirkham A Movie A Day – Neglected Supporting Actor performances from 1975

Wide Screen World – Edward G. Robinson

I See a Dark Theater – Irene Dunne

M. Allen for Classic Movie Hub – Angela Lansbury

Moon in Gemini – Preston Sturges

Danny Reviews – Richard Attenborough

Cary Grant Won’t Eat You – John Goodman

The Movie Rat – Defunct Categories

Blog of the Darned – Genre Film Snubs

Wolffian Classic Movie Digest – Ann Harding in THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

Shadows and Satin – Top 10 Oscar-Less Noirs

The Vintage Cameo – Women Director Snubs

The Wonderful World of Cinema – Leonardo DiCaprio

Movies, Silently – 1929 Snubs – The First Oscars

Movie Movie Blog Blog – Honorary Oscars: The Rodney Dangerfield of Film Comedy

Hollywood Revue – Best Art Direction snub GRAND HOTEL

Prowler Needs a Jump – And the Winner Isn’t…

Once Upon a Screen – Ultimate Snubs – Never Nominated

Smitten Kitten Vintage – Alfred Hitchcock

In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood – Katharine Hepburn’s Oscar Snub for THE AFRICAN QUEEN


GlamAmor – Costumes – Style Essentials – Audrey Hepburn’s Costumes Cause the (Oscar) Drama in 1954’s SABRINA

Silver Screenings – GODFREY Screenplay Skewers the One Percent

Movie Star Makeover – Love at First Sight: Edith Head Meets Oscar

Danny Reviews – Artistry – Top 5 Cinematography Wins

Rachel the Cinephile – Costumes

Girls Do Film – THE GREAT GATSBY: Too Much Style Not Enough Substance

Moon in Gemini – Emma Thompson’s screenplay adaptation of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility: The Best Austen Adaptation?

Bunnybun’s Classic Movie Blog – Is James Wong Howe Sexy?

Once Upon a Screen – Best Original Song, Hits and Misses

Cinephiled – The Most Famous (But Forgotten) Woman in the Movies

Paula’s Cinema Club – Cinematographer Roger Deakins

Sister Celluloid – Harold Rosson’s Oscar for cinematography for THE GARDEN OF ALLAH

The Movie Rat – Cinematographers in Black & White and Color

The Wonderful World of Cinema – My Fair Lady: The Outstanding costumes of Cecil Beaton

Wolffian Classic Movies Digest – Universal Horror Films that deserved Best Make-up and Special Effects

Margaret Perry – Musical Patriotism and Nostalgia in CASABLANCA


Silver Screenings – Directing Giants, and Tragedy in BOYS TOWN

Danny Reviews – 1986 Best Director Nominees

The Fluff is Raging – THE WOMAN IN RED: Trois Couleurs – Rouge

Girls Do Film – Kathryn Bigelow, THE HURT LOCKER and the Oscar Glass Ceiling

Wolffian Classics Movies Digest – George Cukor directed MY FAIR LADY

The Stop Button – THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE (John Huston, 1948)

Jack Deth for Paula’s Cinema Club – The 48th Academy Awards

Outspoken & Freckled – Breaking Codes and Keeping Secrets in THE IMITATION GAME

Christy Putnam – THE STORY OF G. I. JOE

The Nitrate Diva – Soaring Spectacle: 10 Reasons to watch WINGS (1927)

The Movie Rat – Actors Awarded as Directors


Second Sight Cinema – MAKE WAY FOR TOMORROW (1937): McCarey wins Oscar “for the wrong picture”

Moon in Gemini – Award for Most Unfairly Maligned Best Picture Winner: SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE

Movie Fan Fare – 10 Little Things I love About MARTY

Portraits by Jenni – THE LOST WEEKEND

The Wonderful World of Cinema – William Wyler, three times Best director Winner

Lets Misbehave – Wild Bill Wellman and his resume of Precode Oscar ‘should-have-beens’

Flickin’ Out – William Holden: The Perfect Anti-Hero

Original Announcement:

“Oscar and I have something in common. Oscar first came to the Hollywood scene in 1928. So did I. We’re both a little weather-beaten, but we’re still here and plan to be around for a whole lot longer.”
– John Wayne


Continuing an Oscars tradition – albeit a much newer one than either the legendary awards or Mr. Wayne’s impressive career – Kellee (@IrishJayHawk66) of Outspoken and Freckled, Paula (@Paula_Guthat) of Paula’s Cinema Club and Aurora (@CitizenScreen) of Once Upon a Screen are back for the third annual 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon.


We started this event to coincide with Turner Classic Movie’s (TCM) 31 Days of Oscar marathon during which the network shines the spotlight on the storied history of the Academy Awards.


This February promises to be another stellar programming month for TCM, a month filled with fabulous tales and screen wonders – many of the stories, players and films we love.  In fact, the network is kicking things off this year in spectacular style on February 1st by dedicating its prime time line-up that day to The History of the Oscars with the 2014 documentary AND THE OSCAR GOES TO… 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.  For four weeks in February we hope you’ll 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.

Just as we did last year, which proved a big success, we will be focusing on a different Oscars topic each week — note that you can join us at any time during the month!

February 2-3 THE ACTORS!

February 9-10 OSCAR SNUBS!

February 16-17 THE CRAFTS! (Music, Costumes, Cinematography, Writing, etc.)


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 banners included in this post on your blog to help us promote the event.  And all submissions should link to at least one of the host sites and include the banner as well.

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!


PS – You may want to peruse the entries for the two previous 31 Days of Oscar Blogathons for inspiration – no doubt you’ll be duly impressed.

More banners to choose from thanks to Paula:







152 thoughts

  1. I’ve watched the Oscars every year since I was about eight years old! My mom knew that I was mesmerized by motion pictures. I loved the glamor, the suspense, the performances, watching the stars. I loved everything about the Oscars, and I still do.

    1. Same goes for me even though it’s not the same glamour event it was in years past when Hollywood stars were royalty. It still seems a link to those times in some way. 🙂


  2. Sounds great, Aurora! I would love to do the nominated screenplay for “My Man Godfrey” (CRAFTS) and the nominated Norman Taurog for “Boys Town” (DIRECTORS).

    Will provide links when the time comes. Whee! Can’t wait!

  3. I made this comment on Kellee’s and Paula’s blog, but I thought I would do it here as well.
    This is going to be super fun. This is the first time I am doing one of these so I am super excited. I would like to talk about Bette Davis and her Oscar wins and nominations (Actors) and I don’t know if this is considered an Oscar snub, but despite her popularity and great performances, Marilyn Monroe was never nominated for an Oscar and neither was Alfred Hitchcock, so I would like write about them as well.

    My blog is Smitten Kitten Vintage http://smittenkittenvintage.wordpress.com/
    My email is rd0731@outlook.com

    I look forward to this!! 🙂

    1. Fantastic topics, Rhonda!! Welcome to blogathons! I’ll be updating my lists on Thursday since I’m still traveling but can’t wait for the fun to begin.


  4. Oscar snubs, you say? I think I could pound out a few words about Edward G. Robinson getting snubbed by Oscar.

  5. Okay, I’m in! Inspiration struck at 3:30am today: I want to blog about Edith Head at the Oscars!! Dibs?!? Love, Katy

  6. Hi Aurora! I’ve decided on two topics I would like to write about:

    I found out Preston Sturges was never nominated in the directing category (though he did win one for screenwriting). In my opinion, he was a great director as well as a great screenwriter. So I would like to write about that in the Snubs category.

    For Actors: I would like to do an overview of the child actors who have been nominated/won.

    Still thinking over what I might do for the other two weeks.

  7. Hooray!
    Add me to the ACTORS day with an article about the very first winner: Emil Jannings.
    I’ll think about another topic to write about either on the 16th or 23rd…

  8. Have a oddball idea for each category which should prove quick and interesting, I hope:

    The Actors! – Non-competitive, non-lifetime wins (e.g. Charles Chaplin “The Circus)
    Snubs -Defunct Categories – (e.g. Title Writing)
    The Crafts- Cinematographers in Black & White and Color
    Pictures and Directors – Won as Directors Not as Actors

    Hope they’re OK!



  9. Aurora, I entered the blogathon over at Paula’s place and got her okay to do Harold Rosson’s Oscar for cinematography for The Garden of Allah, so please add me to the list for Crafts!


    Take care,


  10. Reblogged this on The Movie Rat and commented:
    Seeing as how I typically partake in writing about and seeing many TCM selections for 31 Days of Oscar, I’m thrilled to also join a 31 Days of Oscar blogathon discussing four unusual topics: Non-competitive, non-lifetime wins (e.g. Charles Chaplin “The Circus), Defunct Categories (e.g. Title Writing), Cinematographers in Black & White and Color, and those Who Won as Directors Not as Actors. Can’t wait!

  11. Hi, If it’s not too late, put me down for Oscar Snubs. I’m not exactly sure what I want to do, but I want it to have something to do with Genre pictures, either a single Genre such as SciFi that has been underrepresented come Oscar time, or possibly a broader tack and look at several Genres that fall into the same camp. Have to do a little research.

    Chris – Blog of the Darned

    1. Sure thing! Will add you to the list later today. And let me know ehen you decide. Am adding “Comedies Snubbed by Oscar” to my own Snubs contribution. 🙂 But no worries about overlap and repests.

    1. Hi Joey! Not late at all and we’re thrilled to have you join us!! I’m not too clear on your topic – the category/week it should be listed under. Do you mean Actors? Let me know when you can. And THANKS!!


      1. I mean actors and actresses of oscars past. i’ll focus on oscar winners from 1930’s to now. i want talk about the wins and deserving of wins for that year too. its likely to be about the many years where someone won unexpected too. i am hoping talk from 1930 to now in acting wins for oscars for my topic and the snubbed and should have won for that year.

        1. to be clear ill talk THE ACTORS! then i would like do the OSCAR SNUBS for that time THE CRAFTS! (Music, Costumes, Cinematography, Writing, etc.) n PICTURES AND DIRECTORS! if you feel i feel address the many ranges of oscar winners years past

  12. Hi that sounds very fun! For the moment, I have only found the subject for the first topic (The Actors). I would like to talk about Helen Hayes in Airport. She was amazing in it and won the Oscar for the Best supporting actress. She really deserved it. I’ll publish an other comment when I’ll have found the subject for the other topics. 🙂
    So, here is the link to my blog, The Wonderful World of Cinema: https://thewonderfulworldofcinema.wordpress.com

    You can also write to me on my personal e-mail address: virginie.pronovost@gmail.com



  13. Hi Aurora! There was some discussion of this today, so I thought I might take a closer look 🙂

    Blog: The Vintage Cameo // thevintagecameo.com
    Contact: @vintagecameos or em@thevintagecameo.com
    Topic: Women who directed Best Picture nominees… but weren’t nominated for Best Director


    1. LOVE IT!!! Will list under SNUBS. If time allows I may do something on Streisand and YENTL. Underrated and ignored. 🙂 Terrific – thrilled you’re joining us!


  14. Hi Aurora, I have found my other topics for the 3 other weeks!

    OSCAR SNUBS : Leonardo Di Caprio

    THE CRAFTS: My Fair Lady: The Outstanding costumes of Cecil Beaton

    DIRECTORS AND PICTURES: William Wyler, three times Best director Winner

    Virginie from The Wonderful World of Cinema

  15. I’ve finally decided on my other two topics:

    For Crafts: I will write about Emma Thompson’s screenplay adaptation of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility.

    For Pictures and Directors: I am going to invite ridicule and scorn by defending the Best Picture win for Shakespeare in Love. 🙂

    1. NICE!!! Can’t wait to read both of those. Event is building up quite nicely. I’ll be updating the list later today when I get home. Thanks Debbie!

    1. Hi Emma, I could swear I’d responded to you. My apologies. I’m very excited about your topic and the fact you’re joining us for this!!


  16. So glad you’re doing this again this year! I’m working on a “snub” post about Bruce Willis. It occurs to be that two of the most successful movies of the 1990s wouldn’t have been made but for him, and while The Sixth Sense and Pulp Fiction both got loads of nominations he was left out in the cold. It also occurs to me that (gulp) it’s been 20 years since those movies came out!

    Please include me in your roll. I’ll be back to update you with an exact link well before the 9/10. Thanks.

  17. Hi Aurora! I don’t know if you have seen my post for the 3rd week subject: The Craft. Hope I wasn’t too late as I posted it at the end of the last day (February 17th). I didn’t really have choice because I had many other things to do! But I try to make it a priority as much as I can. 🙂 Anyway, I worked hard on this text so please make sure to include it in the entrie.
    Here is the link to my text just in case.

  18. Hi Aurora. I have some bad news. I was writing my text and I click on a something that brought me to another page. Anyway, I lost all my writing and I was working on it since 11h30 this morning. Anyway, I’m very desperate and because of that my text will be post later. 😦 Hope you don’t mind.

  19. Hey, I have two blogathon posts due in February already, buuuut….why not I’ll just do one here this year. I’d like to take on something about a Best Picture winner that can be useful to people are the Oscars every year. I think I’ll call it: How Green Was My Valley, or You Can’t Blame It For Winning – so I’ll tackle backlash, and keeping the issues/critiques with the picture itself, how it is great also, etc.

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