Our 31 Days of Oscar blogathon gets its own page here on Once Upon a Screen…
Entries listed by year starting with the most recent. Fantastic reading!!
Flickin’ Out – William Holden: The Perfect Anti-Hero
Wolffian Classic Movie Digest – Fredric March: History of an Oscar-winning Actor
Classic Movie Hub – Olivia de Havilland in THE HEIRESS
CineMaven’s Essays from the Couch – NETWORK
Wolffian Classic Movie Digest – Ingrid Bergman, History of an Oscar winning dame
Caftan Woman – Paul Lucas, Best Actor 1944
The Movie Rat – Actors – Non-competitive, non-lifetime wins
Cinephiled – Paul Newman’s Early Career
Classic Film & TV Cafe – Seven Things to Know About Glenda Jackson
Danny Reviews – Daniel Day-Lewis
Smitten Kitten Vintage – Bette Davis
The Wonderful World of Cinema – Helen Hayes as Ada Quonsett, AIRPORT’s Best Performance
E Street Film Society – Ellen Burstyn in ALICE DOESN’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE
Moon in Gemini – Child Stars Nominees/Winners
The Movie Gourmet – CAGED: 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 Retro – Emil Jannings
Movie Critical – In 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
THE PICTURES AND DIRECTORS!
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
Cinephiled – GENTLEMAN’S AGREEMENT
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
First up, the VINTAGE CAMEO (@vintagecameos) blog discusses the snubbing of ‘frequently nominated but consistently overlooked for the win’ director “Oscar Snubs-Alfred Hitchcock”: As she aptly states, “Academy’s notorious, career-spanning snub of Alfred Hitchcock—one of film history’s most enduringly entertaining AND well-respected filmmakers—is especially perplexing.”
Next, our 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon co-host Aurora (@citizenscreen) of ONCE UPON A SCREEN brings to light, “The Snubbing of Barton Keyes.” In review of the overlooked performance of Edward G. Robinson’s iconic role in Double Indemnity (1944), Aurora writes: “Robinson’s depiction of the ruthless, irritable, funny, big-hearted, insurance adjuster with the “little man” who lives in his gut that serves as a warning when some claim seems “off,” is unforgettable.”
Ruth of SILVER SCREENINGS (@925Screenings) offers up “Oscar Snub: Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.” In defense of the screenplay that never received the Oscar nom, she adds, “The script has all the hallmarks of a great western: memorable lines, interesting characters, and authentic-looking sets.”
The Gal Herself of ONE GAL’S MUSINGS discusses the Oscar snubs of Richard Burton in“Richard Burton’s Bad Luck with Drunk Cowboys.” As she describes his predicament- he was “tormented by the choices he’d made… Burton believed that an Oscar would be tangible evidence that it all had been worth it.”
A PERSON IN THE DARK gives us the “2 Oscar Snubs That Really Irk Me.” FlickChick has “a list of gripes and grievances a mile long” but she’s chosen to “just share 2 of the snubbed ones that really, really irk me” with the performances of Jean Hagan as Lina Lamont in “Singin’ In The Rain” (1952) and Robert Preston as Toddy in “Victor/Victoria” (1982)
ImagineMDD (@ImagineMDD) evaluates the obvious oversight of “Bringing Up Cary Grant and Oscars” with a detailed breakdown of his remarkable yet snubbed performances. With 72 films- many as popular then as they remain now- it’s hard to believe he only received 2 noms for Best Actor?!
Next up, Kelly (@popcornnmovies) over at ON POPCORN AND MOVIES provides a delicious serving of the many snub highlights over the years of Oscar history in “What Do You Want… Awards or Iconic?”
One of the lovely Metzinger sisters, Connie, at SILVER SCENES Blog builds a compelling case for the snubbed yet grand sets in the film “Suez” (1938), “Set Design – Suez” (1938) As Connie points out, “it remains an entertaining and thrilling spectacle.”
Next, Marlee of PICTURE SPOILERS reveals a biopic view of Marion Benson Owens aka Frances Marion for her unsung works in The Second Annual Muse Awards: 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon
Minoo on the CLASSIC MOVIE HUB BLOG justifiably argues for Oscar Snub- Myrna Loy. As Minoo scribes regarding one of Loy’s most memorable roles… “The fact that Loy wasn’t even nominated for this touching, poignant and truthful performance is certainly one of the Oscars’ biggest snubs.”
Finally, fellow 31 DAYS OF OSCAR co-host Paula of PAULA’S CINEMA CLUB passionately protests the Oscar Snub: Barbara Stanwyck in STELLA DALLAS. As Paula astutely observes, “I also think the realism of Stanwyck’s performance may have been another contributing factor. She is always so natural, and almost never seems to be acting.”
Music, Costumes, Cinematography, Writing, etc.
First up, we get all glammed up as Kimberly (@GlamAmor) from GLAMAMOR brings us her latest entry for Style Essentials with “Ava Gardner is Dressed to Kill in Vera West for 1946’s THE KILLERS”
Continuing in a fashionable theme, Kay (@KayStarStyle) from MOVIE STAR MAKEOVERreminisces on the best red carpet style successes from the Oscars with “Retro Red Carpet Review”
CAFTAN WOMAN (@CaftanWoman) revisits the fourteen original songs introduced by Bing Crosby, nominated for Best Song Oscars over the course of his film history in “Sing A Song of Oscar”
Minoo from CLASSIC MOVIE HUB BLOG (@classicmoviehub) takes a twist on the auteur theory with cinematographer master “Gregg Toland: The Second Genius of CITIZEN KANE”
Margaret (@MargaretPerryKH) of the MARGARET PERRY Blog takes a look at the Oscar nominated writing partnership and long-lasting friendships between the Kanin/Gordon writing team and Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy in “Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin write for the silver screen’s dream team”
Fritzi (@moviessilently) of MOVIES SILENTLY reflects back on the writing of the uniquely categorized nominations of the very first Oscars in “The Silent Oscars”
Kelly (@popcornnmovies) of …ON POPCORN AND MOVIES devotes her post to the beautiful 2005 film adaption that practically swept all the “art” categories with six Academy Awards nominations, “MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA… in need of no words…”
THE VINTAGE CAMEO (@vintagecameos) waxes melancholy on the Oscar categories that have gone extinct with “Forgotten Oscars: Best Dance Direction”
IMAGINEMDD (@ImagineMDD) gets musical with her favorite Oscar song winners: “15 Great Early Best Original Song Oscar Winners”
Jack Deth posting on PAULA’S CINEMA CLUB lends huge kudos to 1976 Best Costume Design Oscar winners Milena Cannonero and Ulla-Britt Sonderlundin in, “Costuming BARRY LYNDON (1975) by Jack Deth”
Constance from SILVER SCENES Blog joins in with a delightful tribute to the entertaining editor with perfect comedic timing best known for his Disney films, “Editor- Cotton Warburton”
Victoria (@miss_vicki) of GIRLS DO FILM offers up a wonderful review of two films of the same story with Oscar winning results like Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design with,“The Spectacle of MOULIN ROUGE”
Angela (@MaterialGirl850) over at THE HOLLYWOOD REVUE orchestrates a melodic perspective on the magical relationship between film and song with, “The Power Of An Original Song”
Pam at Once Upon A Screen — The Golden Age of Hollywood Revisited: Henry Fonda Finally Wins An Oscar
The Gal Herself — In Praise of Practical Magic: Julie Andrews
Emily of The Vintage Cameo — Actors Playing Actors
Margaret of The Great Katharine Hepburn — Katharine Hepburn’s One and Only Academy Awards Appearance
Rich of Wide Screen World — Oscar Trading Cards: Actor Assortment
Karen of Shadows and Satin — Van Heflin in Johnny Eager (1941)
ImagineMDD — Hume Cronyn: One Life, a Boatload of Characters
Lê of Crítica Retrô — Best Oscar Acceptance Speeches
Kelly of …On Popcorn and Movies — The Origins of Smolder…Gary Cooper and a little bit about Pitt
Ivan of Thrilling Days of Yesteryear — Stuart Whitman in The Mark(1961)
Shane of Classic Film Haven — The Amazing Stories of Harold Russell and Haing S. Ngor
Aurora of Once Upon A Screen — Spencer Tracy: Oscar and the Actor’s Actor
Visit with the great Sidney Lumet as he directs 12 Angry Men, a fabulous entry by Silver Screenings.
Then read about how Federico Fellini drew from his own contradictions in a Spotlight by Maegan, a guest post on Once Upon a Screen.
After that consider the lasting and moving work of one born to showbiz as Vincente Minnelli is duly honored by The Vintage Cameo.
Proceed on and be reminded that he was much more than a “women’s director.” George Cukor (as in “cucumber”) is the subject of Margaret Perry’s retrospective on an impressive career.
Finally… on popcorn and movies brings it all home with a discussion about how John Ford Screwed Up her Geography!
Margaret of The Great Katharine Hepburn tells us why Little Women (1933) is a very big deal.
Kelly of …On Popcorn & Movies recalls her experience seeing the 2011 Best Picture winner, The King’s Speech, at its first public viewing in Telluride.
Ruth of Silver Screenings writes that Paramount got its money’s worth for the $2 million it spent on Wings in Flyboys In Love and War.
Christy of Christy’s Inkwells gives us the backstory on A Man For All Seasons.
Iba of I Luv Cinema predicts who will be making the Best Pictures of the future in ‘Twas the Night Before the Academy Awards Ceremony.
I speculate wildly on how two Best Picture (and two Best Director) categories might change to the Academy Awards in Could more be more?
Aurora of Once Upon A Screen pays tribute to the “great, if underappreciated” George Stevens’ work on A Place in the Sun.
AnnMarie of Classic Movie Hub Blog analyzes You Can’t Take It With You, “a profoundly moving film that is as relevant today as it was over 75 years ago when it first hit the big screen.”
Em of The Vintage Cameo describes The Silent Inspirations ofTitanic (1997), “deep-rooted images [that] would remain even in Cameron’s version nearly a century later.”
Entries for our inaugural year, 2013:
It began with inspired artistry by Paula of Paula’s Cinema Club…a banner:
THE EXCITEMENT BUILDS!
The winners, the losers, the snubs, the backstories, the gossip, the players and the games…this time it’s all about Oscar!
We’re back – Kellee (@IrishJayHawk66) of Outspoken and Freckled, Paula (@Paula_Guthat) of Paula’s Cinema Club and Aurora (@CitizenScreen) of Once Upon a Screen – hosting a new, mammoth blogathon event. To coincide with Turner Classic Movie’s (TCM) 31 Days of Oscar …
…it’s a February filled with fabulous tales and screen wonders. But this one is not just for classic film fare, we want to see and hear it all from the golden man’s more than eighty-year history, including this year’s nominees.
That was the introduction and the results were epic…
While Paula, Kellee and I expected some excitement from the blogging community, the response was overwhelming. Following are all the entries…nearly eighty of them that span from the silent era to 2013 nominees. From gossip, backstories, reviews and snubs to rants and remembrances. You may note the “style” of the postings varies by week with each week having a slightly different introduction – I kept in the “different” ones for fun. You may note which host is slightly (cough) verbose.
Hosted by Kellee…
The red carpet is rolled out, the limos are lined up, the Harry Winston jewelry and hottest designer gowns are perfectly fitted and the envelopes are sealed … it’s time for Oscar. Well, almost. To add to the building excitement of this momentous showcase of the very best in cinema, Aurora of Once Upon A Screen (aka @citizenscreen) and Paula of Paula’s Cinema Club (aka @Paula_guthat) and myself decided to follow along with Turner Classic Movie’s month long tribute, 31 Days of Oscar with our very own 31 DAYS OF OSCAR Blogathon.
And to kick off the very first week, here are your bloggers’ contributions and passions on what inspires them for Oscar…
1. Vanessa of “Stardust” – “Hollywood’s Triumph: 1939” (tweet Vanessa at @callmeveebee )
2. Aurora of “Once Upon A Screen” – Oscar “Firsts” (tweet Aurora at @citizenscreen )
3. Lindsey of “The Motion Pictures” – “Oscar recollections: 10 favorite Best Actress winners” and “Oscar recollections: 10 favorite Best Actor winners.” (tweet Lindsey at @TMPLindsey )
4. Pete of “Furious Cinema” – “DJANGO UNCHAINED” and “Little Caesar” (tweet Pete at @furiouscinema )
5. Kevin aka “Jack Deth”… (hosted by) http://paulascinemaclub.com – “1973: A Very Good Year”
6. The Gal Herself of “One Gal’s Musings” – “1960 Best Supporting Actress”
7. David of “Be Careful! Your Hand!” – “Oscars: Best Animated Feature 2009- Who Should Have Won?” and “And The Oscar for Best Voice Acting Goes To…” (tweet David at @DavidOpie )
8. Ratnakar of “Seetimaar- Diary Of A Movie Lover” – “Amadeus” (tweet Ratnakar at @ScorpiusMaximus )
9. Ruth of “Silver Screenings” – “Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans” ( tweet Ruth at @925screenings )
10. Murtaza of “A Potpourri of Vestiges” – The Silence of the Lambs (1991): American Film- Maker Jonathan Demme’s Case Study on Human Psychology” (tweet Murtaza at @apotofvestiges)
Please savor these delicious blog entries as contributed by our blogger extraordinaires. This is only the first week and we are already brimming with talent. Be sure to add your feedback to these blog entries, follow along with TCM’s 31 Days of Oscar this month and stayed tuned to our 31 DAYS OF OSCAR Blogathon in the weeks to come for the very best in Oscar blogging fun!
Hosted by Aurora…
Our 31 Days of Oscar blogathon is now in full swing following a stellar first week of submissions that covered topics/films from the silent era to this year’s nominees.
I PRESENT TO YOU A NEW LOT OF OUTSTANDING ENTRIES…
Paula (@strbuk) of The Daily Maine considers “The Forgotten Man, Still Forgotten?“ in the pre-code gem, Gold Diggers of 1933.
The Lady Eve (@TheLaydeeEve) of The Lady Eve’s Reel Life beautifully describes when The Rains Came (1939)
With appropriate outrage R.A. (@925Screenings) of Silver Screenings discusses Humphrey Bogart’s Oscar Snub – a doozie!
Samuel (@Samuel3esq) of Be Careful! Your Hand! asks of the 1950 Best Actress nominees – who should have won?
Rich (@ratzo318) of Wide Screen World takes a look at the landmark classic, I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang (1932).
The Gal Herself from One Gal’s Musings and her Kate Hepburn and the Best Actress Derby shines the spotlight on the only actress to both beat and lose to the Great Kate at The Oscars.
Jessica (@HollywoodComet) of Comet Over Hollywood takes on The Academy with, Did that performance deserve an Oscar?: Louise Rainer in The Great Ziegfeld (1936).
Ratnakar (@ScorpiusMaximus) of Seetimaar – Diary of a Movie Lover tackles Clint Eastwood’s, Unforgiven –How the West was Deconstructed.
Murtaza ( @apotofvestiges) A Potpourri of Vestiges hits the perfect musical note with an entry on Milos Forman’s masterpiece, Amadeus (1984)
Paula (@Paula_Guthat) of Paula’s Cinema Club and co-host of this event, makes a case for Jack Black and his Oscar-worthy performance in Bernie (2012). Another snub for the record books!
Pete (@FuriousCinema) of Furious Cinema submits entries on classics from three distinct film eras: the perennial crime favorite and Cagney classic, White Heat, a discussion of the brilliance of 1970s thriller,Marathon Man (1976), and tells the tale of a common man with a look at Barton Fink (1991).
Fernando (@FernandoRafael) of Committed to Celluloid offers an impressive trifecta of timely reviews: Ben Affleck gets some respect with his look at Argo, he discusses “The Dark Knight of the Bond franchise,”Skyfall, and offers insight into Steven Spielberg’s, Lincoln.
Now that you’ve read these fabulous entries, there are a few more things for you to do before we start playing the music, nudging you off the stage – 1) look forward to several more weeks of entries to come – 2) tune in toTCM every single day in February and – 3) look fabulous on the red carpet on Sunday, February 24th at the 85th Academy Awards (ABC).
On behalf of my co-hosts, Paula of Paula’s Cinema Club (aka @Paula_guthat), Kellee of Outspoken & Freckled (aka @IrishJayHawk66), and myself, a heartfelt THANKS to you for tuning in, to the fabulous participants without whose entries this event wouldn’t be possible, and to all those wonderful people out there in the dark!
Nervous excitement continues to build…
Hosted by Paula…
Presenting Week 3 of the 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon
The 31 Days of Oscar blogathon, hosted by myself, Aurora of Once Upon A Screen, and Kellee of Outspoken and Freckled, continues.
And now…these are the brilliant Week 3 posts, listed with Twitter handles (where available) so we can all find each other and converse.
Check out my completely random, probably totally wrong 2013 Oscar predictions, including a mini-review of Zero Dark Thirty.
“Glorious to look at, enchanting to listen to – a romance to remember…” My co-host Aurora (@CitizenScreen) reviews Midnight in Paris at Citizen Screenings.
Michael (@le0pard13) from It Rains… You Get Wet was a projectionist for a while, which I think eminently qualifies him to revise Oscar snubs from the 1970s and then make 1980s Oscar wrongs right as well.
Rich (@ratzo318) of Wide Screen World loves a good song and dance…for instance, octuple Oscar winner Cabaret.
The Nitrate Diva (@NitrateDiva) explores the connections between “spiritual sisters” and Oscar cinematography winners Black Narcissus andApocalypse Now.
The Focused Filmographer (T, aka @FilmsWith_T) spotlights two criminally overlooked Oscar-worthy performances from 2012, one in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, the other in Les Misérables.
Paul (@LassoTheMovies) from Lasso The Movies discusses the similarities between 1940′s and 2012′s Oscar nominees, particularly the diversity of genres.
Pete (@FuriousCinema) from Furious Cinema reviews The Master, “another masterwork from visionary filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson.”
The Gal Herself discusses “the first time Mr. Lincoln was in the house,” 1940 Best Actor race at One Gal’s Musings.
Angela (@MaterialGirl850) of The Hollywood Revue analyzes and assesses Oscar’s Most Awkward Year,” 1928-1929.
Murtaza (@apotofvestiges) reviews The Master, “a multifaceted work of cinema that can be enjoyed at so many levels,” at A Potpourri of Vestiges.
Dawn at Noir and Chick Flicks explores why Blood and Sand (1941) won Best Cinematography.
Dan (@PGCooper) from PG Cooper’s Movie Reviews takes a look at 12 classic films that, despite being worthy of Best Picture and Best Director nods, received none at all.
Lê (@startspreading) at Crítica Retrô gives her take on Oscar and the surprising 1950s.
Joel (@joelrwilliams1) of Joel’s Classic Film Passion appraises three Oscar-winning or -nominated foreign films from the 1980s.
R.A. (@925screenings) at Silver Screenings briefs us on why Miriam Hopkins was perfect for the role of Becky Sharp.
Karen (@TheDarkPages) highlights 10 Oscar-Less Dames Their Oscar-Worthy Roles at Shadows and Satin.
Kimberly (@glamamor) at GlamAmor surveys Audrey Hepburn’s amazing, and non-nominated, wardrobe in Two for the Road.
Marlee (@MarleeWalters) of Spoilers bestows the First Annual Muse Awards to Ida Lupino, Gene Tierney, and Gloria Grahame.
HOLY EPIC BLOGATHON POST Congratulations to all the contributors! We need to do another one soon! D
Aurora, Here are the links to my entries in the Blogathon. I have a main site and a doppelganger site to reach audiences on two different platforms.