Movie Menu: The Departed, Away From Her, The Color Purple and more
Looking forward to the Oscars on March 4?
To get in the mood, take a look at these Academy Award winners and nominees on broadcast and cable television this weekend.
Friday, Feb. 16
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
James Stewart was a nominee for Best Actor for his triumphant performance as a young man who finds himself filling a vacancy in the U.S. Senate.
8 p.m., TCM
Saturday, Feb. 17
The Sand Pebbles (1966)
Robert Wise – a year after directing the Oscar-winning The Sound of Music – scored six nominations, including Best Picture, for this epic about war-torn China in the 1920s.
8:30 a.m., FXM
A Patch of Blue (1965)
Shelley Winters won her second Oscar as Best Supporting Actress as a mother trying to understand the relationship between her blind daughter and a black man.
11 a.m., TCM
Cactus Flower (1969)
Goldie Hawn was named Best Supporting Actress for her kooky interpretation of a young woman in love with an older man in this movie version of the Broadway hit.
1 p.m., TCM
The Departed (2006)
Martin Scorsese finally won an Oscar as Best Director for this thrilling take on what it takes to confront an Irish gang in South Boston.
2 p.m., Bravo
East of Eden (1955)
James Dean received the first of two posthumous nominations for Best Actor for this Elia Kazan film version of the John Steinbeck novel.
5:45 p.m., TCM
For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943)
Ingrid Bergman was a Best Actress nominee – the same year she made Casablanca – for this heartbreaking adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s novel set during the Spanish Civil War.
8 p.m., TCM
Sunday, Feb. 18
Paul Newman was nominated for Best Actor, and George Kennedy named Best Supporting Actor, for this thoughtful drama about life on a chain gang in the South.
5:30 p.m., TCM
Away from Her (2006)
Julie Christie was Oscar nominated for her luminous turn as a woman slowly coming to terms with the impact of her battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
6 p.m., Flix
The Color Purple (1985)
Steven Spielberg’s spellbinding interpretation of Alice Walker’s novel was nominated for 11 Oscars including Best Picture and Best Actress for Whoopi Goldberg.
8:15 p.m., Sundance