Traditionally, the end of the year is a time when Hollywood releases the big guns: major movies positioned to win major awards. From now until the Oscar ceremony on February 24, the film world is busy with Academy Awards predictions.
For the Music Box Theatre, it’s a time to review past recipients with its weekend matinee series dedicated to Oscar-Winning Films. The classics screen at 11:30 from December 29, 2012 to February 24, 2013.
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (F. W. Murnau, 1927, 89m)
Starring George O’Brien and Janet Gaynor, F.W. Murnau’s first American film Sunrise is ranked as “100 Greatest Movies of All Time” by the American Film Institute. It received the Best Picture award at the first Academy Awards as well as picking up Oscars for Most Unique and Artistic Production, Lead Actress, and Cinematography.
On the Waterfront (Elia Kazan, 1954, 108m)
Winner of eight Academy Awards, this drama earned nods for Best Picture, Director, Screenplay, and marked Marlon Brando’s first Oscar for Lead Actor. Eva Marie Saint also won for Best Supporting Actress.
A Place in the Sun (George Stevens, 1951, 122m)
Elizabeth Taylor, Montgomery Clift and Shelley Winters star in this adaptation of An American Tragedy which received Oscars for Best Director, Cinematography, Screenplay, Score, Editing, and Costume Design.
January 19-20 All About Eve (Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1950, 138m)
Based on the 1946 short story The Wisdom of Eve, the critically-praised film was nominated for 14 Academy Awards (the record until Titanic beat it in 1997) and took home six Oscars, including Best Picture, Director, Screenplay, and Supporting Actor for George Sanders as theater critic Addison DeWitt.
It Happened One Night (Frank Capra, 1934, 105m)
This classic screwball comedy earned Oscars for Best Picture, Director, Screenplay, and Lead Actors Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert who play opposites fining love on a cross-country bus trip.
Network (Sidney Lumet, 1976, 121m)
Paddy Chayefsky’s satire centering around television and society seems to strike a stronger chord now, more than when it was released decades ago. The film received Oscars for Screenplay, Lead Actors Peter Finch and Faye Dunaway as well as Supporting Actress Beatrice Straight.
Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942, 102m)
One of the most beloved films all time, this World War II-set classic stars Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman among other “usual suspects.” On almost every critic’s Top 10 Greatest Movies of All Time Lists, the film picked up Oscars for Director, Screenplay, and Best Picture.
Gigi (Vincente Minnelli, 1958, 115m)
Winner of all nine Academy Awards it was nominated for, Gigi is based on Colette’s 1944 novella of the same name. Set in fin-de-siècle Paris and starring Leslie Caron, the musical was flourished with Oscar gold.
Midnight Cowboy (John Schlesinger, 1969, 113m)
Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman star in this gritty film that received Oscars for Director, Screenplay and Best Picture—the only X-rated film to earn such a prize!
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