via press release:
Turner Classic Movies Goes Around the World with 2012 Edition of 31 DAYS OF OSCAR® beginning February 1
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is packing its bags and hitting the road for a globe-trotting February packed with the very best in movie entertainment. With each night’s programming set in a different location, the 2012 edition of TCM’s ultra-popular 31 DAYS OF OSCAR® is going to take viewers on a trip around the world through nearly 350 Academy Award®-nominated and winning films. The extraordinary lineup features 25 Best Picture honorees and 30 movies appearing on TCM for the very first time.
TCM host Robert Osborne, the official biographer of the Academy Awards will once again introduce the primetime entries in this year’s 31 DAYS OF OSCAR, which marks its 18th year on TCM. Throughout the month, TCM will feature movies set in 47 worldwide locations such as Canada (Feb. 2), Mexico (Feb. 2). India (Feb. 3), Eastern Europe and the Netherlands (Feb. 6), Germany (Feb. 7), Texas (Feb. 9-10), Greece (Feb. 13), Italy (Feb. 14), Africa (Feb. 15-16), Russia (Feb. 16), Austria (Feb. 20), South America (Feb. 21), Southeast Asia (Feb. 23), New Mexico (Feb. 24), New England (Feb. 27), the Middle East (Feb. 28), China (Feb. 29), Japan (March 1) and Hawaii (March 1).
Each Saturday and Sunday, TCM will focus the entire weekend on one location, with stops in England (Feb. 4-5), New York (Feb. 11-12), France (Feb. 18-19) and California (Feb. 24-25). The month-long festival will wrap up Friday, March 2, with a day of movies set all over the world, Heaven and in outer space.
The month’s festivities will kick off Wednesday, Feb. 1, with a day of Florida-set flicks, including The Yearling (1946), Key Largo (1948) and the TCM premiere of Happy New Year (1987), starring Peter Falk. That night, TCM will take viewers to Pennsylvania with Best Picture winner Rocky (1976), The Philadelphia Story (1940), 1776 (1972) and three other movies set in the Keystone State.
Among the high-profile movies making their TCM debut during this year’s 31 DAYS OF OSCAR is Good Will Hunting (1997 – Feb. 27), director Gus Van Sant’s drama about an aimless janitor with a gift for mathematics. Star Matt Damon and Ben Affleck took home Oscars for their smart screenplay, while Robin Williams earned a Best Supporting Actor trophy as a dedicated psychologist who helps Damon’s Will Hunting find direction in his life.
Also featured are several fascinating films from the 1970s, including Lies My Father Told Me (1975 – Feb. 2), a moving Jewish family drama set in a Canadian ghetto in the 1920s; Hester Street (1975 – Feb. 12), an immigration tale starring Steven Keats and Carol Kane; Bless the Beasts and the Children (1971 – Feb. 24), a teen drama starring Billy Mumy and Miles Chapin and featuring Barry De Vorzon and Perry Botkin Jr.’s Oscar-nominated song, “Cotton’s Dream” that would later become known worldwide as “Nadia’s Theme”; Harry and Tonto (1974 – Feb. 25), a gentle road picture starring Art Carney in an Oscar-winning performance; Pieces of Dreams (1970 – Feb. 24), a controversial romance with Robert Forster and Lauren Hutton as a priest and social worker who fall in love; and Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970 – March 1), Richard Fleischer, Toshio Masuda and Kinji Fukasaku’s’s star-studded epic about of the attack on Pearl Harbor, as told from both the American and Japanese perspectives.
In addition to Rocky on the opening night of TCM’s 31 DAYS OF OSCAR, Best Picture winners in the 2012 edition include Gandhi (1982) on Feb. 3, My Fair Lady (1964) and Mrs. Miniver (1942) on Feb. 4; Grand Hotel (1932) and All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) on Feb. 7; On the Waterfront (1954), Going My Way (1944), The Apartment (1960) and Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) on Feb. 11; Marty (1955) on Feb. 12; Casablanca (1942) on Feb. 15; All the King’s Men (1949), In the Heat of the Night (1967) and Gone with the Wind (1939) on Feb. 17; Gigi (1958) on Feb. 18; The Life of Emile Zola (1937) and An American in Paris (1951) on Feb. 19; Ben-Hur (1959) and Amadeus (1984) on Feb. 20; Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) and The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) on Feb. 23; Lawrence of Arabia (1962) on Feb. 28; From Here to Eternity (1953) on March 1; and Around the World in 80 Days (1956) on March 2.
A dynamic overview of TCM’s 31 Days of Oscar, including a complete schedule, is available at http://tcm.com/31days/.
The Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2011 will be presented live on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center® and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.
Turner Classic Movies is a Peabody Award winning network that presents great films, uncut and commercial free, from the largest film libraries in the world. Currently seen in more than 86 million homes, TCM features the insights of veteran primetime host Robert Osborne and weekend daytime host Ben Mankiewicz, plus interviews with a wide range of special guests. As the foremost authority in classic films, TCM offers critically acclaimed original documentaries and specials, along with regular programming events that include The Essentials, 31 Days of Oscar® and Summer Under the Stars. TCM also stages special events and screenings, such as the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood and the TCM Classic Cruise; produces a wide range of media about classic film, including books and DVDs; and hosts a wealth of materials on its website, http://www.tcm.com. TCM is part of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company.
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