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TCM Announces 'Oscar,' New Documentary on History of the Academy Awards, to Premiere in February 2014

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood September 30, 2013 at 2:41PM

As part of TCM's annual "31 Days of Oscar" showcase in February of 2014, the network will present the world premiere of brand-new documentary "Oscar," which traces the history of the Academy Awards.
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Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh in "Gone with the Wind"
Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh in "Gone with the Wind"

As part of TCM's annual "31 Days of Oscar" showcase in February of 2014, the network will present the world premiere of brand-new documentary "Oscar," which traces the history of the Academy Awards.

The special is co-directed and penned by filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (“Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt”). It features extensive clips from Oscar-winning and nominated films, plus behind-the-scenes ceremony footage from the archives of Hollywood Newsreel. Much of this has never been shown before. 

The doc's high-profile interviewees include, among many others, George Clooney, Annette Benning, Tom Hanks, Ben Kingsley, Helen Mirren, Whoopi Goldberg, Steven Spielberg, Michael Moore and frequent Oscar host Billy Crystal.

“Oscar” is set to air on February 1, the opening night of "31 Days of Oscar." Each night's lineup will feature a complete set of nominated films that faced each other in a particular category.

The February 1 programming includes, asides from the premiere of the new doc, all 10 Best Picture nominees from 1939: “Gone with the Wind,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “Goodbye Mr. Chips,” “Of Mice and Men,” “Ninotchka,” “Wuthering Heights,” “Stagecoach,” “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” “Dark Victory” and “Love Affair.”

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.