Sunday, February 18, 2007

31 days of Oscar: day 18

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 two). If you love musicals, this is your day! Some really excellent films, in fact, so many that I was tempted to choose several. My advice is to make it another lazy Sunday marathon. Here's today's schedule (all times are EST):

6:00 AM Oklahoma! (’55)
8:30 AM South Pacific (’58)
11:15 AM Singin’ in the Rain (’52)
1:00 PM Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (’54)
3:00 PM Paint Your Wagon (’70)
5:45 PM Night and Day (’46)
8:00 PM The Glenn Miller Story (’54)
10:00 PM Blue Skies (’46)
12:00 AM The Band Wagon (’53)
2:00 AM The Goldwyn Follies (’38)
4:00 AM The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (’64)

And our Oscar pick goes to... The Glenn Miller Story! Although some of my favorite musical were on the list, I had to go with a sentimental favorite. The Glenn Miller Story stars James Stewart as Glenn Miller and the beautiful June Allyson as his wife, Helen Miller. The biopic traces the beginnings of Miller's music career and his search for his signature sound. The film's heart, however, is the story of Glenn and Helen's romance and marriage. The film doesn't flinch from Miller's tragic disapperance over the English Channel during World War II in 1944. The music is fantastic, and was performed by members from the Glenn Miller orchestra.

The Glenn Miller Storywas nominated for three Academy Awards, including for Best Music and Best Screenplay. The film won the Oscar for Best Sound. 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. You can also check out last year's It Came from the Bargain Bin! review of The Glenn Miller Story from The Shelf.

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

Oh, I know it's a penny here and a penny there, but look at me. I worked myself up from nothing to a state of extreme poverty.


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