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Turner Classic Movies Offers 360 Academy Award®-nominated and winning movies in 31 Days

Posted on Friday, January 15th, 2010 2:23 PM and updated on Thursday, January 21st, 2010 10:51 AM

Cable/Satellite television channel Turner Classic Movies (TCM) celebrates the Academy Awards each year by airing nominated and winning movies over the course of 31 days.

This year, they are expanding their list of movies to a total of 360, with an additional twist inspired by the "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon," a popular game where nearly any actor can be traced back to actor Kevin Bacon in six movie connections or less. For example, John Wayne was in How the West Was Won with Eli Wallach, who was in Mystic River with Kevin Bacon.

Fittingly, TCM's 31 Days of Oscar will begin with 1981's Only When I Laugh, starring Kevin Bacon and James Coco on February 1st at 6am Eastern Time. Coco and Harry Andrews star in the following movie, The Man of La Mancha, followed by Andrews in 55 Days at Peking. The series will continue, linking from movie to movie, one star at a time, throughout the month. The final movie will be Diner, starring Kevin Bacon, bringing the entire month full circle on March 3rd.

TCM host Robert Osborne will host the series, introducing each movie, and providing viewers with bits of trivia and background about the upcoming feature. The connection is apt since Osborne is the official biographer of the Academy Awards and the Academy's red carpet greeter. If we ran a theater, we'd introduce movies the way that TCM does, providing insight into something you may not know about the movie or its actors, and then making sure that you silence your cell phones and avoid text messaging and other disturbances.

31 Days of Oscar is in its 16th year on TCM, and 22 movies are making their TCM debut this year:

For more information about the series, see the 31 Days of Oscar web site. Announcements like this really make me wish that DirecTV offered TCM's high definition channel!

The Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2009 will be presented live on Sunday, March 7, 2010, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center® and televised live on ABC.

Source: TCM Press Release

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