Movie Menu: Ray, Gaslight, 12 Years a Slave and more
With the Oscars just around the corner, take a look this weekend at some past Academy Award winners and nominees.
Here’s what you can find on broadcast and cable television stations.
Friday, Feb. 23
Butterfield 8 (1960)
Elizabeth Taylor won her first Best Actress Oscar for a film she did not want to make and later refused to see. She called it, simply, “rubbish”.
6 p.m., TCM
Joan Fontaine, a year after starring in the Best Picture winner Rebecca, won an Oscar for a similar thriller, also from director Alfred Hitchcock.
8 p.m., TCM
Saturday, Feb. 24
Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)
Spencer Tracy won his fifth of nine Best Actor nominations for his stirring portrayal of a mysterious man who arrives in a Western town filled with secrets.
2:15 p.m., TCM
Jamie Fox was named Best Actor for his stirring portrayal of musician Ray Charles in a film that doesn’t hesitate to focus on the grim chapters of the entertainer’s life.
Friday, February 23, 8:30 p.m. BET
4:30 p.m., BET
The Help (2011)
Octavia Spencer, a nominee this year for The Shape of Water, won an Oscar for this look at the ways people can touch each other’s lives in the South in the early 1960s.
8 p.m., BET and Sunday, 4 p.m., BET
Cat Ballou (1965)
Lee Marvin became one of the few actors to win an Oscar for a comedy for his hysterical portrayal of a gun slinger with a taste for fun in this Western laugh fest.
8 p.m., TCM
Sunday, Feb. 25
12 Years a Slave (2013)
Three Oscars – including Best Picture – went to this meaningful story of a free black man who is kidnapped and sold into slavery. A beautiful, touching, unforgettable film.
12:32 p.m., BET
Ingrid Bergman won the first of her three Oscars for his thriller about a young woman who suspects the intentions of her new husband.
1:45 p.m., TCM
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
Seven Oscar nominations – including one for Best Picture – went to this original musical, one of the few created for the screen (without starting on Broadway) to be so honored.
4 p.m., TCM
Joshua Logan’s film version of William Inge’s Broadway hit was nominated for six Oscars including Best Picture and Director. Ultimately, it won for its film editing and art direction.
6 p.m., TCM