2012 Turner Classic Movies 31 Days of Oscar

2012 Turner Classic Movies 31 Days of Oscar

It’s an annual tradition that Turner Classic Movies (TCM) does a month of showing Oscar nominated (and winning) movies during awards season.

This year is a particularly good example of why there is value beyond al a carte, on demand availability.

The movies on TCM are shown uncut and without interruption, so that would match on demand (such as Netflix or Amazon Instant Video).

However, they also have introductions, context…and themes.

For 2012, the programmers decided to go with locations…the website

http://www.tcm.com/2012/31days/

has a fun little passport interface, so you can travel from “place to place”.

For example, February 1st has movies themed with first Florida, and then Pennsylvania.

Do Oscar nominated movies including geeky ones?

Sure!

While geeky movies don’t tend to win Best Picture or even the major acting awards (although it has happened), the Academy often nominates them for technical awards (like Sound Editing), has a Visual Effects category (although those aren’t always geeky movies), and an Animated Feature category.

This year, for example, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Real Steel, and Rise of the Planet of the Apes are all Oscar nominated movies.

So, here are the geeky highlights of this year’s 31 days of Oscar;

  • February 1: Florida and Pennsylvania
  • February 2: Canada and Mexico
  • February 3: Mexico continues, Colorado, India. That brings us The Invisible Woman, a nominee for Best Effects, and Jungle Book (the 1942 Sabu version, nominated for four Oscars, including effects and cinematography)
  • February 4: England: The Time Machine, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Scrooge (1970)
  • February 5: England continues: Camelot and Knights of the Round Table
  • February 6: Eastern Europe, The Netherlands, and The Atlantic Ocean
  • February 7: The Atlantic Ocean continues, Germany
  • February 8: Germany continues, Scotland, the Midwest (Brigadoon is here for Scotland)
  • February 9: The Midwest continues, then it’s on to Texas
  • February 10: Texas continues, then Nevada, Wyoming (Close Encounters of the Third Kind), and New York (Portrait of Jennie)
  • February 11: New York continues (arguably, Wait Until Dark)
  • February 12: More New York (well, there are eight million stories in the naked city…)
  • February 13: The Great Plains, Greece, Italy
  • February 14: Italy continues
  • February 15: The Pacific Ocean, Africa
  • February 16: Africa continues (King Solomon’s Mines), Russia (arguably, Fiddler on the Roof)
  • February 17: The American South (Panic in the Streets)
  • February 18: France (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)
  • February 19: France continues (Joan of Arc, Song of Bernadette)
  • February 20: Ancient Rome, Austria
  • February 21: Austria continues, the Caribbean, South America
  • February 22: Washington, D.C.: Dr. Strangelove and Logan’s Run
  • February 23: The South Seas, Southeast Asia
  • February 24: Australia, Arizona, New Mexico (the last one giving us Them! and The Andromeda Strain)
  • February 25: California
  • February 26: California has more to say: Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?
  • February 27: New England: I Married a Witch
  • February 28: Spain, the French Riviera, The Middle East (the 1942 version of the Arabian Nights…Sabu again)
  • February 29 (yes, it’s a leap year): the Middle East continues (with Sabu again in the Thief of Baghdad..they’ll be showing Two Arabian Knights, a formerly lost silent movie with Boris Karloff, although I’m not sure if there are fantasy elements); Belgium; China
  • March 1: China continues, Japan (Kwaidan), Hawaii
  • March 2: All Over (those are The Great Race and Around the World in 80 Days), Heaven (A Guy Named Joe, Cabin in the Sky, The Bishop’s Wife), Space (The Right Stuff, 2001: A Space Odyssey, 2010, and Forbidden Planet)

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle blog.

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