Thursday, February 15, 2007

31 days of Oscar: day 15

This month, Turner Classic Movies celebrates movies and the Academy Awards by presenting 31 Days of Oscar. Each Day from Feb.1 through March 3, a different category of the awards will be the theme of the day; featuring films that were nominated or won in that category. The Shelf will be joining in the celebration by giving you our Oscar pick of the Day!

Today's category is Best Actress- Winners. There are a bunch of great classic films on the rotation today, including quite a few "must see" flicks. There are several films that could easily be today's pick. Here's today's schedule (all times are EST):

6:00 AM Coquette (’29)
7:30 AM Min and Bill (’30)
8:45 AM The Good Earth (’37)
11:15 AM Kitty Foyle (’40)
1:15 PM Born Yesterday (’50)
3:00 PM I Want to Live! (’58)
5:15 PM Funny Girl (’68)
8:00 PM Coal Miner’s Daughter (’80)
10:15 PM Children of a Lesser God (’86)
12:30 AM Hud (’63)
2:30 AM Jezebel (’38)
4:30 AM Two Women (’60)

And our Oscar pick goes to... Born Yesterday ! Judy Holliday pulled off a great performance and won the Best Actress Oscar in the face of some incredibly competition from equally strong performances by Bette Davis in All About Eve and Gloria Swanson in Sunset Boulevard. The film truly belongs to Judy from beginning to end, as she plays Billie Dawn, a "businessman's" girl, who accompanies him on a trip to Washington D.C. The "businessman" Harry Brock (Broderick Crawford), is really a crook and he's in D.C. to buy friends and influence people. The problem is, although Billie is beautiful, she's lacking in the manners, speech, and diplomacy departments. So Brock hires a cynical newspaper reporter, Paul Verrall (William Holden) to tutor Billie, and prepare her to be a worthy companion for making the rounds in D.C. Brock gets more than he bargains for when Billie really takes to her lessons and wises up about herself and Brock, and falls in love with Verrall.

Born Yesterday was nominated for 5 Academy Awards, including Best Director for George Cukor. It won the Oscar for Best Actress for Judy Holliday. You can watch the film today on TCM, or you can order the DVD through the usual online retailers and the TCM shop. The film is available as a single disc release.

For more information on TCM's 31 Days of Oscar, visit the Turner Classic Movies website.

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