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MGM Oscar® Week

The 83rd Academy Awards® will be held on Sunday, 27 February, at the Kodak Theater in LA. The hosts are actors Anne Hathaway and James Franco.

Leading up to the most important event in the movie business MGM Channel brings you Oscar® winning movies all week long. The movies shown won combined no less than 24 Oscars® in various categories such as Best Actor/Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Music, Best Film Editing, Best Writing, and Best Costume.

The films will be accompanied by specials of Big Screen – The MGM Movie Magazine introducing this year’s nominees in the categories Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Directing.

These are our Oscar® movies and some interesting facts about them:

21 February at 18:45 CET

The Defiant Ones
Oscars® in 1958:
CINEMATOGRAPHY (Black-and-White) - Sam Leavitt
WRITING (Story and Screenplay written directly for the screen) - Nedrick Young, Harold Jacob Smith

Nedrick Young wrote under the pseudonym Nathan E. Douglas because he was blacklisted and to that name the Oscar was presented. Upon request of his widow the Board of Governors voted on June 22, 1993, to restore the name of Nedrick Young to the nominations and award.

21 February at 22:25 CET
The Big Country
Oscar® in 1958: ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE - Burl Ives

22 February at 18:55 CET
The Woman in Red
Oscar® in 1984: MUSIC (Original Song) - "I Just Called To Say I Love You," Music and Lyric by Stevie Wonder

22 February at 20:30 CET
Irma La Douce
Oscar® in 1963: MUSIC (Scoring of Music adaptation or treatment) - Andre Previn

Shirley MacLaine was not happy with the script, and thought even less of the film after it was finished, calling it "crude and clumsy". She was surprised to get a Best Actress Oscar® nomination out of it, saying "I would have been nonplussed had I won it."

22 February at 23:00 CET
The Barefoot Contessa
Oscar® in 1954: ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE - Edmond O'Brien

23 February at 20:30 CET
Topkapi
Oscar® in 1964: ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE - Peter Ustinov

23 February at 22:35 CET

Elmer Gantry
Oscars® in 1960:
ACTOR - Burt Lancaster
ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE - Shirley Jones
WRITING (Screenplay based on material from another medium) - Richard Brooks

24 February at 22:30 CET
The Hospital
Oscar® in 1971: WRITING (Story and Screenplay based on factual material or material not previously published or produced) - Paddy Chayefsky

25 February at 20:30 CET

Bullitt
Oscar® in 1968: FILM EDITING -- Frank P. Keller

25 February at 22:30 CET
Shaft
Oscar® in 1971: MUSIC (Song Original for the Picture) - "Theme from Shaft," Music and Lyrics by Isaac Hayes

26 February at 17:40 CET
Bound For Glory
Oscars® in 1976:
CINEMATOGRAPHY - Haskell Wexler
MUSIC (Original Song Score and Its Adaptation or Adaptation Score) - Adaptation Score by Leonard Rosenman

26 February at 20:30 CET
Coming Home
Oscars® in 1978:
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE - Jon Voight
ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE - Jane Fonda
WRITING (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen) - Story by Nancy Dowd; Screenplay by Waldo Salt, Robert C. Jones

26 February at 22:45 CET
Goodfellas
Oscar® in 1990: ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE - Joe Pesci

Joe Pesci's Oscar® acceptance speech is the third shortest in the Academy's history. All Pesci said was "This is an honor and a privilege, thank you", later admitting that he didn't say very much because he genuinely felt that he didn't have a chance of winning.

27 February at 14:00 CET
Fiddler On The Roof
Oscars® in 1971:
CINEMATOGRAPHY - Oswald Morris
MUSIC (Scoring: Adaptation and Original Song Score) - Adaptation Score by John Williams
SOUND - Gordon K. McCallum, David Hildyard

To get the look he wanted for the film, director Norman Jewison told Director of Photography Oswald Morris, who was famous for shooting color films in unusual styles, to shoot the film in an earthy tone. Morris saw a woman wearing brown nylon hosiery, thought "That's the tone we want," asked the woman for the stockings on the spot, and shot the entire film with a stocking over the lens.

27 February at 20:30 CET
The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert
Oscar® in 1994: COSTUME DESIGN - Lizzy Gardiner, Tim Chappel

27 February at 22:25 CET
Beetlejuice
Oscar® in 1988: MAKEUP - Ve Neill, Steve La Porte, Robert Short
Irma La Douce
Bullitt
Bound For Glory
Barefoot Contessa
The Woman In Red
Topkapi
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