Announcement: 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon 2019

The Oscars may not have a host this year, but we don’t have those troubles in the blogosphere. We are three and we are blogging strong. That is, for the seventh 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. We hope you’ll consider joining us to make this year’s event one for the record books.

As you know, this blogging event is inspired by Turner Classic Movies’ 31 Days of Oscar marathon, which begins its 24th installment on February 1 and ends March 3rd. This year the network presents the film schedule in a mixed topics potpourri surrounding the historic film industry. Topics range from “Grittiest Streets of New York” to “Favorite Singing Cowboys” to “Favorite Epic Soap Opera.” As the Oscars themselves, there’s something for everyone. This TCM all things Oscars festival kicks off on February 1 with Alice Adams (1935) and ends on March 3 with Giant (1956). And there’s a lot to look forward to in between.

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

James Stewart and Ginger Rogers, winners of Oscars in 1941

Blogathon Details

This year, we will host all the contributing entries the weekend of the Oscars. That is from Friday, February 22nd through Sunday, February 24th, wrapping up just in the nick of time to watch the Oscars ceremony. 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 span of the 9 decades history of Oscar, including this year’s nominees. To help get you motivated, here are 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 2/22, Saturday 2/23 or Sunday 2/24
  • 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 Choices


Caftan Woman – Irving Berlin at the Oscars

The Stop Button – Eleanor Parker: Oscar Nominee

Linda – Art Director Wiard Ihnen

The Movie Night’s Group Guide to Classic Film – Peter O’Toole in My Favorite Year

The Old Hollywood Garden – Best Supporting Actress of 1952 (1953 Oscars)

Pop Culture Pundit – Crash (2004), the controversy and the snub

One Gal’s Musings – Natalie Wood’s Three Nominations

Movie Mania Madness – Let It Be (1970)

Critica Retro – Silent Films at the Oscars

Real Weegie Midget Reviews – Five Oscar-Winning Supporting Actors Who Sang in Movies

Danny Reviews – Top Five Acting Nominees that Should Have Won

Stars and Letters – A Letter Concerning the 37th Academy Awards

Pale Writer – Nat King Cole’s Win for “Mona Lisa”

Old Hollywood Films – Five Films/Actors Who Deserved their Oscars

Wolffian Classic Movies Digest – The Shame of Alfred Hitchcock Never Winning an Oscar

In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood – The Heiress (1949)

Outspoken & Freckled – Bizarre and Beautiful at the Biltmore: 7th Academy Awards

Once Upon a Screen – On Fashion and the Oscars – Interview with Kimberly Truhler


48 thoughts

  1. I already mentioned this to Kellee, BUT I’d love to participate again this year. I’m inspired by a conversation I heard this past autumn among millennials in my office: Natalie Wood has somehow become “that woman who drowned.” So I’m working on a post about her three Oscar nominated roles. I’ll be ready for 2/22.

  2. Hi! Sorry this went under my radar for a bit for some reason? May I write about Nat King Cole’s win for ‘Mona Lisa’ from the 1950 film Captain Carey USA starring Alan Ladd? My blog is Pale Writer.

  3. Hello, Amanda Garrett from Old Hollywood films here. I hope this makes sense, but I’d like to do a flip side of an Oscar snubs article and write about five films/actors who really did deserve their Oscars. An example would be Alec Guinness’ best actor Oscar for The Bridge on the River Kwai.

    Thanks for hosting!

  4. I know this is totally last minute, but I didn’t want to commit to anything when the blogathon was first announced, because I know I have a hard time submitting articles in on time. I have an unpublished article on “The Heiress” ( 1949 ) under drafts on my blog. I just have to write a few more paragraphs about Olivia’s performance. I’m absolutely certain that I can have this published on the 22nd. Would I be able to join with this?

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