Announcement: 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon 2017

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!

Happy blogging.

The 1937 Academy Awards at the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles
The 1937 Academy Awards at the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles

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


81 thoughts

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. Hey!

    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.


  4. Hello,
    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 (

  5. 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.

    Many thanks!

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.


  11. 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!

    1. 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.

      1. 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.

        1. 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!

  12. 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.

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