Welcome to the 31 Days of Oscars Blogathon redux for the fourth time, making this the fifth installment of our grand celebration of all things Oscar.
Kellee of Outspoken & Freckled, Paula of Paula’s Cinema Club and yours truly of Once Upon a Screen started this event to coincide with Turner Classic Movies’ 31 Days of Oscar marathon. For 31 days TCM spotlights the movies and players that have made a legend of the golden statuette and this Blogathon is our way to pay tribute to the network and the movies we love. We hope you join us in the effort.
Rather than hosting the 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon for the entire month of February, as we’ve done in the past, we will host all entries the weekend before the Oscars this year. That is from Friday, February 17 through Sunday, February 19, which leaves Oscar weekend free for last-minute movie-watching. We’re also combining all topics this year and simply presenting them over the three days. Any Oscar-related topic is fair game. We are not limiting this event to classic film fare as we’d like to see entries covering the entire 89-year history of Oscar, including this year’s nominees. To help get you motivated here are the categories we’ve used in the past…
- The Actors
- The Directors
- The Motion Pictures
- Oscar Snubs
- The Crafts (music, costumes, etc.)
- New Idea – Oscar Controversies
Most of you know the drill, but as a reminder, adhering to the following would be appreciated:
- Let us know what your desired topic is by leaving a comment on any of the host blogs
- Include the title and link to your blog in the comments area
- Advise if you have a date preference – Friday 2/17, Saturday 2/18 or Sunday 2/19
- Include the event banner on your blog and in the entry post to help us promote the event
Restrictions – just two:
- Please do not submit previously published posts
- No duplicates to ensure we cover as much of the Oscars as possible
We look forward to hearing from you and to reading your entries. As many entries as you want, actually, so get to it!
Until then here’s to Oscar, to TCM and to YOU!
NOTE: Starting on February 1st TCM will feature Oscar winners and nominees in alphabetical order, which should make it easy to set your DVRs favorites. Be sure to check out the schedule. The Oscars will be broadcast live on Sunday, February 26 on ABC.
Participating Blogs & Chosen Topics
Thoughts All Sorts – The Piano (1993)
Phyllis Loves Classic Movies – Timeline of Award-winning costumes (1961 to 1977)
Wolffian Classic Movies Digest – Cinematography in The Third Man (1949)
In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood – Judith Anderson’s Snub for Rebecca (1940)
The Old Hollywood Garden – 1943 Best Actress Nominees
Cinematic Scribblings – Day for Night (1973)
4 Star Films – (Some) Nominated actors who never won an Oscar
CineMaven’s Essays from the Couch – The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)
Charlene’s Mostly Classic Movie Reviews – The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)
Queerly Different – Oscar-nominated biblical epics of the 1950s and 1960s
Dreaming in the Balcony – Ginger Rogers’ Best Actress win for Kitty Foyle (1940)
Musings of a Classic Film Addict – Luise Rainer’s back to back Oscar wins
Trudy Ring guest post on CineMaven’s Essays from the Couch – Barbara Stanwyck’s Oscar-nominated roles
Pop Culture Pundit – The Music of Purple Rain (1984)
Realweegiemidget Reviews – Best Actor Winners who’ve appeared in superhero movies
Old Hollywood Films – 1956 Best Actor Race
Jeff Lundenberger guest post on CineMaven’s Essays from the Couch – Oscars 1951 Best Actress Nominees
Danny Reviews – Strangest Oscar Wins of All Time
Ooh yes, yes, yes! Finally…I’ve been waiting for the Blogathons to get started. Was actually just wondering if any of the new posts were “announcing…..blogathon” ones. Whoohooo! I’ll get my topic to you asap.
Could I do a post on “The Piano” please? It had quite a few nominations and 3 wins. I’d like to post on the Friday please, if ok with you.
I’ve been checking your blog waiting for this announcement 🙂 Last year I did a “timeline of award winning costumes” from 1949-1960 so this year I’d like to 1961 up to either 1969 or all the way to 1977 with Star Wars. I’ll aim to publish it on the 17th as I have two other blogathons that weekend.
My blog is Phyllis Loves Classic Movies http://www.phyllislovesclassicmovies.blogspot.com
Could i do one in the crafts. I would love to do Cinematography of the third man with an in-depth review of the movie for the topic. I aim to do it for the 18th. My blog is wolffian classic movies digest:https://wolffianclassicmoviesdigest.wordpress.com/
I’d like to cover Dame Judith Anderson in “Rebecca” for Oscar Snubs, if that’s okay?
My blog: In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood
Wonderful choice! Yay
Awesome! Could I do a piece comparing the Best Actress nominees at the 1943 Oscars (so, 1942 movies. Greer Garson was the winner with Mrs Miniver)?
My blog is The Old Hollywood Garden.
You got it!! 🙂
Could I write about Day for Night? It won Best Foreign Language Film in 1974 and received three other nominations the following year. My blog is Cinematic Scribblings: https://cinematicscribblings.wordpress.com/ Thank you!
Great! Thanks for joining us.
I’d be interested in doing a post on nominated actors who never won an Oscar, including Peter O’Toole, Irene Dunne, and Deborah Kerr with some others. Let me know if that is okay. Thanks.
My site is 4 Star Films (fourstarfilmfan.wordpress.com/)
Ok! I noted your topic with “Some” nominated actors, etc.
Hi there Aurora. I’d like to cover a film that should have won the Best Picture Oscar in 1943: “THE OX BOW INCIDENT.” My blog is CineMaven’s Essays from the Couch.” https://cinemavensessaysfromthecouch.wordpress.com/ Thanks!
WooooHoooo! Thanks for joining us, Theresa!
Would it be possible for me to do a post about the Oscar-nominated biblical epics of the 1950s and 1960s (Quo Vadis, Ben-Hur, etc.?)
My blog is titled Queerly Different.
Of course! Terrific topic! Thanks for joining us.
I can’t wait to be a part of it! 🙂
Hi Aurora and thanks for hosting again this year. I am going to cover ‘Kitty Foyle’ and Ginger Rogers’ win in 1941 for Best Actress. My blog is Dreaming In the Balcony and here is the link: https://dreaminginthebalcony.wordpress.com Hoping to have this wrapped up on Sunday the 19th. Looking forward to lots of good reading!
Great, Molly!! 🙂
Hi! I ‘d love to write about Luise Rainer’s back to back Oscar wins and how it influenced the rest of her life and work. My blog is Musings of a Classic Film Addict at http://annsblyth.wordpress.com/ Thank you!
Hi, Aurora. Would it be possible for me to do Barbara Stanwyck’s Oscar-nominated roles (and why she should have won for Double Indemnity), or is there too much chance of that overlapping with nominated actors who didn’t win? The writer doing that one didn’t list Barbara. I have some alternative ideas too. I would be guest-blogging at Theresa’s blog.
No, that’s a brilliant choice, Trudy! So happy you’re joining the fun. I’ll add you to the list in a bit. 🙂
Love this idea! Can I please write about Purple Rain, focusing on the music (falls under “the craft”)?
I thought I’d replied. SORRY! Fantastic topic! Thanks for joining us. 🙂
Would it be ok to write about 5 Oscar Winners who’ve appeared in Superhero movies? https://weegiemidget.wordpress.com/
Yes. Interesting topic. 🙂
Will submit it on the 17th x
Narrowed it down to a list about Best Actor Winners appearing in Superhero movies x
For Old Hollywood Films, I would like to write about the best actor race of 1956.
I will post on Friday.
WoooHooo! Great year.
I would like tor write about the Best Actress winner and nominees of Oscars 1951. I will be a guest of CineMaven’s Essays from the Couch. I have no preference as to date.
Let me know if you need any other information.
Great, Jeff. Thanks!
Hi, Aurora! I want to write about the Best Original Song winners through history. Any day is fine with me, because I’ll probably post it early.
Le from Critica Retro
My apologies for not responding sooner, but I an tending to a family emergency. I’ll add your details as soon as I can, Le.
How do you three feel about shared blogathon posts? I’m already writing one for Virginie @ “The Wonderful World of Cinema” for her Sidney Poitier blogathon. I’m including some bits about the movies history @ the Oscars, including what I consider a snub since Poitier wasn’t even nominated. I’d be glad to include a mention and link to your blogathon. But otherwise I’ll have to bow out this year since both are running concurrently and I don’t have time to write two separate entries.
Hi Aurora, Sorry for jumping on the bandwagon so late. I would like to be involved. My topic would be, 3 Beekman Place: The Art Direction/Set Decoration of Auntie Mame. It was nominated but lost to Gigi. Please let me know what you think. I post on Saturday, February 18.
Danny Reviews – Strangest Oscar Wins Of All Time
Danny Reviews – Strange Oscar Wins
Oscar Controversies – Strangest Oscar Winners
Hi Aurora! I’d like Jake Gyllenhaal for the snubs category. No preference for the date.
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Hi, hope I’m not too late–got a sudden inspiration for a topic: I would like to write about Michael Nyman’s score for The Piano, which won many awards but did not receive even an Oscar nomination.
Due to a previous blogathon commitment next weekend, I will be posting it tomorrow or Monday. You can link to it whenever. Thanks!
Oooops…seems we got our lines crossed. Awesome post you’ve written on such a beautiful movie with a stunning soundtrack Debbie . Aurora, I think Debbie has done a wonderful post on The Piano and because no duplicates, I’ll withdraw my entry on The Piano.
No, please don’t. No worries. No two posts are the same.
As long as you are happy with that. Then, I’ll stick to Friday’s posting day.
I realized later that you had already chosen The Piano and asked Aurora if it was OK to do both since my topic focuses only on the score. She said she didn’t have a problem with it, so if you still want to do your post, please do! I’d hate to think I messed that up for you.
Absolutely – no problem. And no, you definitely didn’t mess it up for me. I was just worried of duplicates. I love your post! As Aurora said, no post is ever the same.
Wishing you a wonderful day from sunny South Africa!
PS: Can I link to yours in mine?
Of course! 😊
Sorry I’m so late, but I just now got my idea! “From Harlot to Housewife.” It occurs to me that Donna Reed and Shirley Jones are both known so well as squeaky-clean TV moms, that it’s time to highlight their less wholesome but stunning Oscar winning performances. I’ll be ready for next Saturday.
PS I’ve written about Shirley Jones before, so to follow the rules to the letter I’ll limit to Donna Reed.
Here’s my “From Harlot to Housewife” link: http://onegalsmusings.blogspot.com/2017/02/31-days-of-oscar-blogathon-best.html
Thanks for doing this again this year. I always enjoy reading these posts so much.
Can’t wait to read it!! thank you!
Weirdest Oscar Wins of All Time
I think I forgot to give you my link! Here ya go:
No worries. I’m hosting & will promote tomorrow.
Hi…I’m done: https://thoughtsallsorts.wordpress.com/2017/02/17/deserving-the-piano/
As soon as your Blogathon is “live” I’ll update the post to point to your Blogathon. Thanks for hosting!
Can’t wait to read this year’s round of entries!
The article on the 1956 best actor race for Old Hollywood is ready to go:
Thanks for hosting!
My post on Ben-Hur (1959) is now live at https://tjwest3.com/2017/02/17/screening-history-ben-hur1959/. Thanks!
Hi Here’s my link for the blogathon xx Hope all goes well xxx https://weegiemidget.wordpress.com/entertainment-lists/best-actor/
Gill from Realweegiemidget Reviews
Kellee will be hosting your entry tomorrow. We fought for it and she won.
Hi, here’s my piece on Purple Rain – can’t wait to read the other entries 🙂
Here’s my post: https://cinematicscribblings.wordpress.com/2017/02/19/engineering-a-train-in-the-night-day-for-night-1973/ Thank you!