DAY 2: BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
February 2, 2018

The Best Original Score was first awarded in 1935.  The category was originally called Best Scoring and was a mix of original scores and adaptations of pre-existing material.  Later the category was split into Best Music Score of a Dramatic Picture and Best Scoring of a Musical Picture.  There are so many name changes I can hardly keep up!

Our Town (1940-6am/5am c)

Oscar Nominations

 Aaron Copland

Best ScoringAaron Copland

Best Picture (Sol Lesser)

Best ActressMartha Scott as Emily Webb

Best SoundThomas T. Moulton

Best Art Direction-Lewis J. Rachmil

 

An adaptation of Thorton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play about small-town life in the early 20th century.  Isn’t it weird that Aaron Copland was nominated for Score and Scoring?


This is the Army (1943-7:30am/6:30am c)

Oscar Winner

Best Scoring of a Musical PictureRay Heindorf

Oscar Nomination

Best Sound RecordingNathan Levinson

Best Art Direction, Color-John Hughes (Art Direction), Lt. John Koenig (Art Direction); George J. Hopkins (Set Decoration)

The musical was sung and danced by real American soldiers.  The movie was by Warner Bros. by special arrangement by the War Department to boost morale.


The Old Man and the Sea

(1958-9:45am/8:45am c)

Oscar Winner

Musical Score of a Dramatic or Comedy PictureDimitri Tiomkin

Oscar Nominations

Best ActorSpencer Tracy as The Old Man

Best Cinematography, ColorJames Wong Howe

Spencer Tracy’s sixth nomination for Best Actor.


A Star is Born (1954-11:15am/10:15am c)

Oscar Nominations

Scoring of a Musical PictureRay Heindorf

Best Actress-Judy Garland as Esther Blodgett/Vicki Lester

Best SongThe Man That Got Away” by Harold Arlen (music) and Ira Gershwin (lyrics)

Best Art Direction, Color-Malcolm Bert (Art Direction), Gene Allen (Art Direction), Irene Sharaff (Art Direction); George James Hopkins (Set Decoration)

Best Costume Design, ColorJean Louis, Mary Ann Nyberg, and Irene Sharaff

The magnum opus of Judy Garland’s career.  She only lost the Best Actress award for Grace Kelly by six votes.


On the Town (1949-2:15pm/1:15pm c)

Oscar Winner

Best Scoring of a Musical PictureRoger Edens and Lennie Hayton

The first musical to be shot on location.  Three sailors find adventure and love during a 24-hour furlough in New York.

 


Annie Get Your Gun (1950-4pm/3pm c)

Oscar Winner

Best Scoring of a Musical PictureAdolph Deutsch and Roger Edens

Oscar Nominations

Best Art Direction, ColorCedric Gibbons (Art Direction) and Paul Groesse (Art Direction); Edwin B. Willis (Set Direction) and Richard A. Pefferle (Set Direction)

Best Film EditingJames E. Newcom

Best Cinematography, ColorCharles Rosher

Boy, what a troubled production!  First, Judy Garland was fired and replaced by Betty Hutton.  Then leading man Howard Keel broke his leg.  Then, Frank Morgan, who was the first choice to play Buffalo Bill, died.  He was replaced by Louis Calhern.  Then director George Sidney was replaced by George Walters, who found out he was the new director in a gossip column!


Now, Voyager (1942-6pm/5pm c)

Oscar Winner

Best Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy PictureMax Steiner

Oscar Nominations

Best ActressBette Davis as Charlotte Vale

Best Supporting ActressGladys Cooper as Mrs. Windle Vale

I’m surprised this movie only received three Oscar nominations, many considered this to be Bette’s best performance.  This was her fifth consecutive Best Actress nomination.


Limelight (1952-8pm/7pm c)

Oscar Winner

Best Original Score (Dramatic)Charles Chaplin, Raymond Rasch, and Larry Russell

This film was nominated and won an Oscar 20 years after it was made.  You see, the movie was never played in a Los Angeles cinema until 1972 which made it eligible for Oscar consideration.


Fiddler on the Roof

(1971-10:30pm/9:30pm)

Oscar Winners

Best Original Song and Adaptation ScoreJohn Williams

Best Sound-David Hildyard and Gordon McCallum

Best CinematographyOswald Morris

Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Norman Jewison)

Best DirectorNorman Jewison

Best ActorChaim Topol as Tevye

Best Supporting ActorLeonard Frey as Motel Kamzoil

Best Art DirectionRobert Boyle (Art Direction) and Michael Stringer (Art Direction); Peter Lamont (Set Direction)

Producer/director was brought into the production because the executives thought he was Jewish because his last name was Jewison.  He has gotten this all of his life.


Yankee Doodle Dandy

(1942-1:45am/12:45am c)

Oscar Winners

Scoring of a Musical PictureRay Heindorf and Heinz Roemheld

Best ActorJames Cagney as George M. Cohan

Best SoundNathan Levinson

Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Jack Warner, Hal B. Wallis, and William Cagney)

Best Supporting ActorWalter Huston as Jerry Cohan

Best Original Motion Picture StoryRobert Buckner

Best Film Editing-George Amy

What is this?  Ray Heindorf day?  This is the third movie that he conducted today!  Also, when George Cohan saw the rough cut of the movie, he said, “It was a good movie.  Who was it about?”  The movie had deviated very far from the real Cohan.


Cover Girl (1944-4am/3am)

Oscar Winner

Scoring of a Musical PictureMorris Stoloff & Carmen Dragon

Oscar Nominations

Best Song-“Long Ago and Far Away” by Jerome Kern (music) and Ira Gershwin (lyrics)

Best Art Direction, Color-Lionel Banks (Art Direction) and Cary Odell (Art Direction); Fay Babcock (Interior Decoration)

Best Cinematography, ColorRudolph Mate and Allen M. Davey

Rita Hayworth married Orson Welles during production.  Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen began their fruitful collaboration during this film.

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SUMMER UNDER THE STARS: GENE KELLY
August 5, 2017

One of film’s greatest dancers has his day with 12 films, several of which will feature his athletic dancing style.

 

Mariah’s Picks

The Pirate (1948-9:30 am/8:30 am c)

I’m just here for the short shorts.


The Three Musketeers (1948-5:30 pm/4:30 pm c)

Gene is D’Artagnan in one of the most famous adaptations of Alexander Dumas’s classic.


Singin’ in the Rain (1952-8 pm/7 pm c)

This week’s TCM Essential and the final film special guest Tina Fey selected.  Director William Friedkin will take over starting next Saturday.


Cover Girl (1944-4 am/3 am c)

Kelly’s breakthrough role.  The movie where he dances with himself.

31 DAYS OF OSCAR: THE BEST OF THE S’S
February 27, 2017

Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

Gene Kelly dances in the rain.  Saw it on the big screen in January.  Love!


Some Like it Hot (1959)

Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon dress as women because they are on the run from mobsters.


Spartacus (1960)

Would you believe Kirk Douglas was 44 when he did this?


Stage Door(1937)

A great chick flick.


Stagecoach (1939)

John Wayne’s big break.


A Star is Born (1937)

Watch the first version of this movie before you see the newest version with Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga hits theaters.


Strangers on a Train (1951)

Two guys meet on a train and discuss swapping murders.  Only one is kidding.


A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

The film that put Brando on the map.

 

31 DAYS OF OSCAR: THE BEST OF THE O’S
February 24, 2017

Of Mice and Men (1939)

The 1939 adaptation of John Steinbeck’s classic.


On the Town (1949)

Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra visit the sights of the Big Apple while on a 48-hour furlough.