Announcement: 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences handed out the first Awards at a dinner party for about 250 people on May 16, 1929 to honor movies released from August 1, 1927 – August 1, 1928. The first Academy president, Douglas Fairbanks, hosted and presented in the ceremony held in the Blossom Room of the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood. The brainchild of MGM studio mogul, Louis B. Mayer, the Academy was formed in 1927 as a non-profit dedicated to the advancement and improvement of the film industry. Some might argue about some of those achievements, but there is one thing that is sure to impress classic movie and Hollywood fans – when the music plays to open this year’s Oscars on March 4, 2018 it will be the 90th time the film industry honors achievements in movies.

Here are the 1929 Winners and Nominees

First Academy Awards ceremony, 1929 (

If you take the time to look through all of the moments in 90 years of Oscars ceremonies, you’ll find numerous surprises, disappointments and controversy any number of which may spur debate from film aficionados. That’s where we come in. For the sixth consecutive year, I am joining forces with Kellee of Outspoken & Freckled and @Irishjayhawk66 and Paula of Paula’s Cinema Club and @Paula_Guthat to bring you the 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon. Given Oscar’s special anniversary and all of the memories, we hope you’ll consider joining us to make this the best and brightest outing yet.

As you know, this blogging event is inspired by Turner Classic Movies’ 31 Days of Oscar marathon, which begins its 23rd installment on February 1. This year the network is presenting the movies based on the categories in which they were awarded or nominated. February 1st will honor Best Original Song Winner and Nominees and the festival kicks off with Busby Berkeley’s Gold Diggers of 1935 (1935). William Wyler’s Ben-Hur (1959) will end the 31-Day presentation on March 3, the day dedicated to Best Picture Winners.

Since both TCM and the Oscars bring to mind our beloved host and favorite historian, Robert Osborne, we thought we would kick off our Blogathon with his words about the 31 Days of Oscar marathon…

“One thing seems to stir the souls of our Turner Classic Movie loyalists like no other: the 31 Days of Oscar salute.” 

Blogathon Details

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 23 through Sunday, February 25, 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 90-year history of Oscar, including this year’s nominees. To help get you motivated here are the categories we have 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 is necessary:

  • 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 2/23, Saturday 2/24 or Sunday 2/25
  • 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 will be accepted to ensure we cover as much of Oscar history 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!


Participating Blogs and Topics

Caftan Woman – 1936 Best Dance Direction Nominee, Benjamin Zemach for Hall of Kings from Merian C. Cooper’s SHE (1935)

Blog of the Darned – 7 Films that Should Have Been Nominated for Best Picture

One Gal’s Musings – The 1954 Best Actress Competition

Silver Screenings – How the Oscars Began

Movie Movie Blog Blog – Embarrassing Oscar Moments

Old Hollywood Films – Janet Gaynor’s Three Oscar Wins

Hometowns to Hollywood – Bob Hope’s Oscars Hosting Duties

Critica Retro – The Trouble with Thrillers

Realweegiemidget Reviews – Oscar-winning Actresses in Romantic Comedies

Moon in Gemini – Forgotten Winners and Nominees

Cracked Rear Viewer – Claire Trevor in Key Largo

Thoughts All Sorts – John Wayne and Jeff Bridges as Rooster Cogburn in both versions of True Grit

Movie Mania Madness – A Man For All Seasons (1966)

The Old Hollywood Garden – The Snubbing of Howard Hawks

Classic Film Obsessions – Agnes Varda and 2018 Best Documentary Nominee Faces Places

The Story Enthusiast – Male and female Actors Who never Won an Oscar

Paula’s Cinema Club – Oscar SNUBS 2018 Edition

Midnite Drive-In – The Day the Academy Lost its Mind – When The Greatest Show on Earth Won

Top 10 Films – Horror Films to Triumph at the Oscars

Wolffian Classic Movies Digest – Ray Harryhausen Honorary Oscar Snub

The Filmatelist – The 1982 Oscars: Tootsie and Victor Victoria

Another Old Movie Blog – Joan Crawford’s Oscar Win for Mildred Pierce

Honeybeeidol – Katharine Hepburn’s Oscar Wins

The Wonderful World of Cinema – Favorite Best Actor/Actress Nominations

Top 10 Films – Top 10 Oscar-Winning Directors Who Didn’t Win For Their Best Film

The Nitrate Diva – Pillow Talk (1959)

86 thoughts

  1. I’m in! I’d like to write about the 1954 Best Actress competition. I don’t know if we should file it under “Actor” or “Controversies,” since that’s the year Grace Kelly won over the heavily favored Judy Garland.

  2. Ooh yay…been waiting for this Blogathon. I’d like to do a post on Jeff Bridges’ nominations. Can’t wait. Well…either that or a comparison between the Jeff Bridges and John Wayne roles in True Grit. Will confirm later this weekend.

  3. Hi Aurora, I’d like to answer the question: “How the Oscars Began”, but it doesn’t neatly fit into a category. Would it be OK to cover that topic? If not, I’ll choose something else. I’m in either way!

  4. Hello, for Old Hollywood FIlms I would like to write about the first best actress winner Janet Gaynor and the three films she won the Oscar for: 7th Heaven, Sunrise, and Street Angel.

  5. Yay! I want to write about The Trouble with Thrillers – why are thrillers rarely recognized at the Oscars? Any day is fine to me.

  6. Heya! Love this, glad it’s back! 😀
    Could I talk about Howard Hawks and his constant snubbing at the Oscars (only nominated once), despite making such varied (and classic) films?

    Carol, The Old Hollywood Garden

  7. Hi Aurora, I would like to join again this year. I have the opportunity to see Agnes Varda in person on Feb 23 at a screening of Faces Places, and since that is nominated for Best Doc this year, it makes sense to me to include it here! I will likely provide a short review of the film, along with sharing Varda’s comments, and highlighting some of her other work as appropriate. Hope that works! I would prefer Sunday for posting. Thanks!

  8. I’m so excited about this! I was thinking to write about Barbara Stanwyck, but I’ll wait and see what your contributors come up with. This is a great idea!

    1. There’s NEVER too much Stanwyck!! I’m focusing just on the 1942 Oscars where she’s concerned so have at her in other other topic if you want. 🙂

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