Call for posts: 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon (2015)

“Oscar and I have something in common. Oscar first came to the Hollywood scene in 1928. So did I. We’re both a little weather-beaten, but we’re still here and plan to be around for a whole lot longer.”
— John Wayne

Hope you all like this year’s banners…I designed them 😉

Continuing an Oscars tradition – albeit a much newer one than either the legendary awards or Mr. Wayne’s impressive career – Kellee (@IrishJayHawk66) of Outspoken and Freckled, Aurora (@CitizenScreen) of Once Upon a Screen, and myself, @Paula_Guthat of this blog, are back our Third Annual 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon. Update: Scroll on down to the end of the post to see the list of 2015 participants so far.

31-Days-2015-01We started this event to coincide with Turner Classic Movies’ 31 Days of Oscar marathon, during which the network shines the spotlight on the storied history of the Academy Awards. This February promises to be another stellar month for TCM, filled with many of the stories, players and films we love. The network is kicking things off this year in spectacular style on February 1st with a prime time lineup dedicated to The History of the Oscars, including the 2014 documentary And The Oscar Goes To…


In other words, if you can’t take the entire month of February off from work, or send your kids to your relatives, be sure to clear your DVRs!

31-Days-2015-05AND don’t forget to join the blogathon. We hope you’ll share your favorite stories about the films and players in Oscar’s distinguished history. Tell us about which films, actors or directors deserved an Oscar nod and were ignored, about your personal all-time Best Picture, or about which films inspire you with their music, costumes, or lighting. We are not limiting this event to classic film fare either — we want to see and hear it all from the golden man’s more than eighty-five year history – including information and commentaries on this year’s nominees.

31-Days-2015-07Just as we did last year, we will be focusing on a different Oscars topic each week, which proved a big success,  — note that you can join us at any time during the month!

February 2-3 THE ACTORS!

February 9-10 OSCAR SNUBS!

February 16-17 THE CRAFTS! (Music, Costumes, Cinematography, Writing, etc.)


Join us!

31-Days-2015-08We are taking turns hosting, but you can submit topics by leaving me a comment below, via Twitter or by email. We ask that you please include the following:

  • Title and link to your blog
  • Topic
  • Social media profiles (Twitter, Facebook, tumblr)

31-Days-2015-04Please also include any of the banners included in this post on your blog to help us promote the event. All submissions should link to at least one of the host sites and include one of the banners as well. Edit: I, Paula, designed the banners.

SO – write to your heart’s desire!  Write one post or several on each topic.

In the meantime…here’s to Oscar, to TCM, and to YOU. Happy blogging!


List of Participating Blogs by Week/Topic

February 2-3 THE ACTORS!

Smitten Kitten Vintage – Bette Davis

Citizen Screenings – F. Murray Abraham in AMADEUS

Classic Movie Hub – Olivia de Havilland in THE HEIRESS

CineMaven’s Essays from the Couch – NETWORK

E Street Film Society – Ellen Burstyn in ALICE DOESN’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE

Caftan Woman – Paul Lucas’ Oscar Win for WATCH ON THE RHINE

Moon in Gemini – Child Actors with nominations/wins

Danny Reviews – Daniel Day Lewis

Critica Retro – Emil Jannings

The Movie Rat – Non-competitive, non-lifetime wins

Wolffian Classic Movie Digest – Fredric March

In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood – Katharine Hepburn in THE AFRICAN QUEEN

The Wonderful World of Cinema – Helen Hayes in AIRPORT

Cinephiled – Paul Newman

Classic Film & TV Cafe – Glenda Jackson

Movie Critical – In Their Shoes: Oscar-Winning Performances of Historical Figures

Flickin’ Out – William Holden

The Movie Gourmet – Eleanor Parker & Hope Emerson


February 9-10 OSCAR SNUBS!


Smitten Kitten Vintage – Marilyn Monroe

Smitten Kitten Vintage – Alfred Hitchcock

Kirkham A Movie A Day – Two Best 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

Barry Bradford – Speaking for a Change – FAIL-SAFE

Once Upon a Screen – Snubs in Black and White

Cary Grant Won’t Eat You – John Goodman

The Movie Rat – Defunct Categories

Blog of the Darned – Genre Snubs, details TBD

Wolffian Classic Movie Digest – History

Shadows and Satin – Top 10 Noirs That Were Never Nominated for an Oscar

The Vintage Cameo – Women who directed Best Picture nominees but weren’t nominated for Best Director

The Wonderful World of Cinema – Leonardo DiCaprio

Movies Silently – 1929 Snubs

Movie Movie Blog Blog – Comic actors who won an Oscar but for the wrong reasons

Hollywood Revue – GRAND HOTEL Art Direction

One Gal’s Musings – Bruce Willis

In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood – Katharine Hepburn in THE AFRICAN QUEEN


February 16-17 THE CRAFTS! (Music, Costumes, Cinematography, Writing, etc.)

GlamAmor – Costumes – SABRINA

Outspoken & Freckled – Screenwriting in ROMAN HOLIDAY

Outspoken & Freckled – Oscar oddities

Silver Screenings – MY MAN GODFREY screenplay

Movie Star Makeover – Edith Head’s Oscar wins and legacy

Danny Reviews – Top 5 Cinematography Wins

Rachel the Cinephile – Costumes

Girls Do Film – THE GREAT GATSBY / Theoni V. Aldredge

Sister Celluloid – Harold Rosson’s Oscar for cinematography for THE GARDEN OF ALLAH

The Movie Rat – Cinematographers in Black & White and Color

Wolffian Classic Movie Digest – History of Winners

Cinephiled – Technicolor by Natalie Kalmus

The Wonderful World of Cinema – MY FAIR LADY costumes by Cecil Beaton

Moon in Gemini – Emma Thompson’s SENSE AND SENSIBILITY screenplay

Bunnybun’s Classic Movie Blog – James Wong Howe’s Cinematography



Silver Screenings – Norman Taurog for BOYS TOWN

Danny Reviews – 1986 Best Director Nominees

Girls Do Film – Kathryn Bigelow / THE HURT LOCKER

The Movie Rat – Won as Directors Not as Actors

Wolffian Classic Movie Digest – History of winners

Jack Deth – The 49th Academy Awards


The Wonderful World of Cinema – Three-time winner William Wyler

Second Sight Cinema – Leo McCarey

Moon in Gemini – Defending SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE

Movie Fan Fare – MARTY

Topic TBD
Christy’s Inkwells
Paula’s Cinema Club

44 thoughts on “Call for posts: 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon (2015)

  1. Woo hoo! One of my fave blogathons!

    I’d like to do the nominated screenplay for “My Man Godfrey” (CRAFTS) and the nominated Norman Taurog for “Boys Town” (DIRECTORS).

    Will provide links when the time comes. Whee! Can’t wait!

        1. My client, Larry McQueen, he commissioned me to make the brooch from the film, sent me a colorized version of The film. It’s not bad, I enjoyed it. Check it out sometime.

  2. I made this comment on Kellee’s blog, but I thought I would do it here as well.
    This is going to be super fun. This is the first time I am doing one of these so I am super excited. I would like to talk about Bette Davis and her Oscar wins and nominations (Actors) and I don’t know if this is considered an Oscar snub, but despite her popularity and great performances, Marilyn Monroe was never nominated for an Oscar and neither was Alfred Hitchcock, so I would like write about them as well.

    My blog is Smitten Kitten Vintage
    My email is

    I look forward to this!! 🙂

    1. Hi Rhonda,

      I think both Monroe and Hitchcock can definitely be considered snubs. I love Bette Davis so am looking forward to that too. I will add these to the list. Thanks!


  3. Wonderful graphics, Paula!!! Sign me up please for Edith Head at the Oscars! I want to examine her wins and chat re: her Oscar legacy. Also posted this in Aurora’s and Kellee’s walls, too. Hugs all around! Kay of Movie Star Makeover.

  4. Hi Paula! I’d love to do an Oscar snubs essay on Sweet Smell of Success. I’m not sure if I’d do Tony Curtis’ performance or the film as a whole. Would that work?

  5. Hi, Paula:

    Happy New Year!

    Nice selection of choices and possibilities. 🙂

    I’d like to take a crack at the 49th Academy Awards, And the premise of ‘The Blockbuster vs. Solid Story Telling”. Broken down as I’d done earlier into Best Film, Actor, Actress, Supporting same. Maybe branch off into Cinematography, Screenplays and Sound track.

    Let me know what you think.

    1. Thanks so much, Jack. That sounds awesome. 1977 was an interesting year for sure. Just send me your stuff whenever you want 🙂

  6. I would like to write about my not so favorite oscar winner films for the Pictures and Directors section. Is it okay to provide you the link later? Because…i haven’t written it, haha. The title of my upcoming post is “Those easily-earned Oscars”.

    Anyway, here are the links to my blog and twitter:


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