Returns to Turner Classic Movies
In recognition of the upcoming 2021Oscar Awards
ceremony on April 25, Turner Classic Movies celebrates
past Oscars winners and nominees. Scheduled from A to Z,
the series began yesterday, April 1 and ends on Saturday, May 1.

I must admit that when the pandemic left me homebound, I turned to television to provide entertainment. I soon realized that the term “boob-tube” no longer applied. One of my ah-ha moments was discovering  the Turner Classic Movies channel. I’ve always enjoyed films and given the opportunity to see flicks that were before my time and revisit some that I enjoyed in the not-so-distant past filled a void. And now Turner Classic Movies annual 31 Days of Oscar programming has returned for its 26th year, kicking off yesterday, April 1with a month-long showcase of films recognized by the Academy. This year TCM will be celebrating The Oscars from A-Z, where each of the featured films will run in alphabetical order over the course of the 31 days. Here’s the schedule to get you through the weekend.

Above: A friend’s death brings together a group of former college activists. The ensemble cast includes Glenn Close, William Hurt, Jeff Goldblum, Tom Berenger, Jobeth Williams, Meg Tilly, Mary Kay Place, and Kevin Kline.

Friday, April 2 

  6:45 AM, Around the World in 80 Days (1956) 

10:00 AM, Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987)

12:00 PM, The Awful Truth (1937)

  1:45 PM, Baby Doll (1956) 

  3:45 PM, The Band Wagon (1953) 

  5:45 PM, Being There (1979) 

  8:00 PM, Ben-Hur (1959) 

12:00 AM, The Best Man (1964) 

  2:00 AM, The Big Chill (1983) 

  4:00 AM, The Birds (1963) 

Above: Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman starred in the adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof about the conflicts, weaknesses and strengths of a Mississippi Family. 

Saturday, April 3 

   6:00 AM, Blithe Spirit (1945)

   7:45 AM, Block-Heads (1938)

   9:00 AM, Born Yesterday (1950)

 11:00 AM, Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) 

   2:00 PM, Bullitt (1968) 

   4:15 PM, Caged (1950) 

   6:00 PM, Calamity Jane (1953) 

   8:00 PM, Carefree (1938)

   9:45 PM, Carol (2015) 

  12:00 AM, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) 

    2:00 AM, Charade (1967) 

    4:15 AM, The Circus (1928) 

Above: The Defiant Ones starred Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier as two convicts, a white racist and an angry black man, who escape while chained to each other. 

Sunday, April 4 

  6:00 AM, Citizen Kane (1941)

  8:00 AM, The Corn is Green (1945) 

10:00 AM, Dark Victory (1939)

12:00 PM, Days of Wine and Roses (1962)

  2:15 PM, The Defiant Ones (1958) 

  4:00 PM, Destination Moon (1950)

  5:45 PM, East of Eden (1955) 

  8:00 PM, Easter Parade (1948)

10:00 PM, The Egg and I (1947)

12:00 AM, The Enchanted Cottage (1945)

  2:00 AM, The End of the Affair (1999)

  4:00 AM, The Entertainer (1960) 

For the entire schedule, click here.