Saturday, February 17, 2007

31 days of Oscar: day 17

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 Score - Nominees and Winners (part one). Some very different films on tap for today, but different is good. Here's today's schedule (all times are EST):

6:15 AM Way Down South (’39)
7:30 AM Girl’s School (’38)
8:45 AM Cheers For Miss Bishop (’60)
10:30 AM Way Out West (’39)
11:45 AM The Man in the Iron Mask (’39)
1:45 PM The Fighting Seabees (’44)
3:30 PM The Wind and the Lion (’75)
5:45 PM A River Runs Through It (’92)
8:00 PM Tommy (’75)
10:00 PM Sleuth (’72)
12:30 AM Shaft (’71)
2:15 AM Poltergeist (’82)
4:30 AM Tanks a Million (’41)

And our Oscar pick goes to... The Fighting Seabees! The film tells the story of the beginning of the Seabees unit at the beginning of World War II. The Navy first relied on civilian contractors to build advance bases on Pacific islands starting in 1940, but after the fall of Wake Island it became important to train construction workers to also be soldiers. John Wayne stars with Susan Hayward.

The Fighting Seabeeswas nominated for the Academy Award for Best Music, but did not win. 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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