Final days of annual event showcase more Academy Award winners and nominees
Q: As Turner Classic Movies’ annual “31 Days of Oscar” enters its final days, have you enjoyed being a host of this year’s format that connects two films featuring the same actor?
A: I’m always in awe of the TCM programming team, for many reasons – and, specifically with “31 Days of Oscar,” how they’re able to reinvent this very popular franchise year-in and year-out. I was bothering them for weeks: “What’s the premise this year? How’s it going to be organized?” Then they sent me the list, and I just think it’s brilliant.
We all know the “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” game, and this is “360 Degrees of Oscar,” because that’s basically how many stars we are using throughout the month. And without a repeat!
Q: Of the movies still left in the event, are there any that stand out for you as personal favorites?
A: “Laura” is the gateway classic film for me. That was the movie that really opened my eyes, as a child of the ‘80s who grew up on John Hughes movies, to a completely different kind of cinematic experience. Whenever I get to introduce “Laura” (which Karger will do on March 2, the final day of “31 Days of Oscar”), I’m very happy … but specifically because I get to do it during the Oscar month, that’s very exciting for me.
Q: Do you have a desire to incorporate mentions of the latest Oscar nominees into your introductions of the classics?
A: If there’s a statistic from recent years that’s related to one of the movies I’m talking about, by all means, I’m going to bring it up. I’m all for connecting older films and current films whenever possible. I’ve done interviews for TCM with people like George Clooney and Gary Oldman and Bradley Cooper, and I love to hear which classic films inspired the films they’re working on right now.
Jay Bobbin has decades of experience covering the television and movie businesses, winning Tribune Media Services’ Crown Jewel Award in 2008 for his performance in the company. Over those many years of interviewing and writing, he has spoken with everyone from Robert De Niro and John Travolta to Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett … from Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews to Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.