The much-anticipated 88th Academy Awards are finally here! Well, almost. This weekend we will finally know who is, in fact, the best actor and actress, who directed the best film, and which film is actually the best of the best. The fun of the Oscars, apart from snarking about the bad dresses on the red carpet, is actually knowing what the heck you’re talking about when you fill out your office ballots and make your way to your black-tie Oscar party. That’s where we come in.
Listen, we love movies just as much as we love TV, especially Oscar-worthy movies, so we’re excited to point you toward a number of this year’s nominated films.
Turner Classic Movies is counting down to the Academy Awards with 31 Days of Oscar, a marathon of hundreds of Oscar-nominated films. With ten or more movies running every day and none of them repeating during February, the schedule is a little overwhelming to even the most seasoned cineaste.
So contributors Sarah Moffatt, Evan Wilder, Oliver Ward, and Alex Castle are going to take it a week at a time, with a full schedule for the week with comments on some of our favorites. Note that most of the movies are going to show up in TCM’s on-demand section soon after they air, so you can catch them even if you miss the live broadcast.
Being the best or most famous film isn’t the same as being the most influential.
Which movie changed animation forever? Which movie helped define what a blockbuster is? Which movie made sequels a staple in Hollywood? Which movies helped define their generation? Which movie made a nation afraid to go swimming at the beach? Which movies broke social barriers?
With that in mind as the Oscars approach, host Robin Roberts guides us through the top 15 movies that changed Hollywood, as decided upon by filmmakers, historians, and critics, with discussion about the films from this year’s Academy Award nominees.
How many can you get right right? Find out when “Countdown to the Oscars: 15 Movies That Changed American Cinema” airs at 10 p.m. EST Friday on ABC... Read More