Saturday, March 03, 2007

31 days of Oscar: day 31

For 31 days, 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 Editing - Nominees and Winners . Here's today's schedule (all times are EST):

7:00 AM Theodora Goes Wild (’36)
9:00 AM Quo Vadis (’51)
12:00 PM The Manchurian Candidate (’62)
2:15 PM The Odd Couple (’68)
4:15 PM Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? (’67)
6:15 PM The Adventures of Robin Hood (’38)
8:00 PM North by Northwest (’59)
10:30 PM Objective, Burma! (’45)
1:00 AM Crimson Tide (’95)
3:30 AM The Russians are Coming, the Russians are Coming (’66)

And our Oscar pick goes to... North by Northwest ! This is probably my favorite Hitchcock film, which is saying quite a bit as I have many favorite Hitchcock films. Cary Grant was wonderful in this role... which is, by design, a Cary Grant role. And Kim Novak is also quite good. The dining car scene on the train is an example of great actors working with a great director and excellent script. If you haven't seen it, make sure you don't miss it.

North by Northwest was nominated for 3 Academy Awards, including Best Writing, 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, and as part of the Alfred Hitchcock Signature Collection.

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.

Sixty-four thousand dollars for a question, I hope they are asking you the meaning of life.

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