From the time Douglas Fairbanks, then President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, hosted the first Awards dinner party for about 250 people on May 16, 1929, to this year’s host-free Oscars ceremony ninety years later, this iconic celebration honoring Hollywood’s finest continues to be just as spectacular and as riddled with both excellence and contentions as the films and filmmakers they honor.
If you take a look back at the many Oscar moments in these past 90 years of Oscars ceremonies, you’ll find numerous surprises, disappointments and controversies, which continue to spark debate to this day. That’s where we come in. For the seventh consecutive year, I am once again joining forces with Aurora of Once Upon A Screen aka @CitizenScreen and Kellee of Outspoken and Freckled aka @IrishJayhawk66 to bring you the 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon. We hope you’ll consider joining us to make this the best and brightest Oscar blogging event yet.
Not surprisingly, 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 a potpourri of programming topics ranging from “Grittiest Streets of New York” to “Favorite Singing Cowboys” to “Favorite Epic Soap Opera.” As with the Oscars themselves, there’s something for everyone. See the full schedule here.
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.
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 of Oscar history, including the 2019 nominees (which will be announced on January 22). To help get you motivated, here are categories we have used in the past:
- The Actors
- The Directors
- The Motion Pictures
- The Crafts (Cinematography, Music Score, Costumes, Visual Effects, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, etc.)
- Oscar Snubs
- Oscar Controversies
Most of you know the drill, but as a reminder, adhering to the following is necessary:
- Let me know what your desired topic is by leaving a comment below.
- Include your blog’s name and the link to your blog in the comments area.
- Advise me if you have a date preference – Friday 2/22, Saturday 2/23, or Sunday 2/24.
- Please include the event banner (above) on your blog and in your 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 – 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)
Outspoken & Freckled – Bizarre and Beautiful at the Biltmore: 7th Academy Awards
Once Upon a Screen – On Fashion and the Oscars – Interview with Kimberly Truhler
Real Weegiemidget Reviews — Favorite Oscar Winning Supporting Actors Who Sang Musical Numbers in Movies
Danny Reviews — The Top 5 Acting Nominees Who Should Have Won