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

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by Beth Hanna
September 30, 2013 2:41 PM
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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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