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Turner Classic Movies Hosts 31 Days of Oscar

Posted Feb 11 2009 3:24pm

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) fans hoping to learn all those things they never got around to studying in school can have their chance in February, when the network's 31 DAYS OF OSCAR®takes viewers to TCM University. The annual festival, which boasts hundreds of Academy Award®-winning and nominated films, will become the ultimate classroom, with each day devoted to a different academic field, from economics and biology to music appreciation and world history.

Robert Osborne, TCM host, official biographer of the Academy Awards® and the Academy's red carpet greeter, will serve as professor throughout the month, presenting more than 350 movies to educate viewers in 93 different courses. Today, Role Mommy got the chance to interview Osborne and he shared his insights on the Oscars, his favorite actors and actresses of all time, plus his most memorable Turner Classic Movies experiences. He says his all time favorite celebrity co-hosts were Kermit the Frog, Sally Field and Tracey Ullman, who, he says "made me laugh from start to finish."

He also shared his picks for his favorite actor of all time - Carey Grant. He says, "He could do it all - he moved like an athlete and a dancer and was so smooth in his slapstick comedies."

While he did name a few of his favorite actors and actresses (including Heath Ledger, whose life was cut short last year) and Meryl Streep, Osborne says "hopefully the key is always the writers - you have to have good writers to write the script." He adds, "Don't remake The Women. The original had great stars - you should remake some of those great stories and great books done and botched the first time they were done on the screen."

More than 25 titles will make their first appearance on TCM during 31 DAYS OF OSCAR, including the delightful romance Enchanted April (Feb. 10); Alec Guinness' hilarious comedy The Horse's Mouth (Feb. 15); Louis Malle's controversial Pretty Baby (Feb. 15); Barry Levinson's Bugsy (Feb. 16); adaptations of George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion (Feb. 19), Stephen Vincent Benet's The Devil and Daniel Webster (Feb. 23) and John Steinbeck's East of Eden (Feb. 23); Kon Ichikawa's anti-war classic The Burmese Harp (Feb. 24); and Jim Sheridan's heart-wrenching My Left Foot (Feb. 25).

The 81st Annual Academy Awards ceremony airs Sunday, Feb. 22, at 8 p.m. (ET)/ 5 p.m. (PT) on ABC. More information is available at tcm.com.

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