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The Academy Awards on Turner Classic Movies

By February 8, 2013

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Carmen JonesAs they do every year before the Academy Awards, Turner Classic Movies will spend 31 days airing nothing but movies that either won or were nominated for Oscars. This weekend, Turner will focus on winners and nominees made by 20th Century Fox.

Saturday starts with a few nominated musicals, including Orchestra Wives (1942) and Daddy Long Legs (1955), before airing Otto Preminger's Carmen Jones (1954), which earned Dorothy Dandridge her only nomination for Best Actress.

Following Pinky (1949), Elia Kazan's message drama about a light-skinned black woman (Jeanne Crain) who passes as a white nurse, be sure to see Joseph L. Mankiewicz's race-themed No Way Out (1950), which starred a young Sidney Poitier as a medical intern forced to care for a wounded criminal and virulent racist (Richard Widmark).

No Way OutNext up is one of 1952's Best Picture nominees, Decision Before Dawn, which is followed by Titanic (1953), starring Clifton Webb and Barbara Stanwyck as an unhappily married couple whose troubles seem rather small compared to a large iceberg.

In the prime time hours, be sure to catch Marlon Brando's Best Actor-nominated turn in Elia Kazan's Viva Zapata! (1952) and Richard Burton's breakthrough performance in the historical epic The Robe (1953).

Late owls can wrap up the night with Best Picture nominee Three Coins in the Fountain (1954), Joanne Woodward's Oscar-winning performance in The Three Faces of Eve (1957) and 1948's message drama, The Snake Pit, which earned Anatole Litvak a nomination for Best Director and Olivia de Havilland her third career nod for Best Actress.

Three Faces of EveOn Sunday, Turner starts off with the nominated costume drama The Virgin Queen (1955), starring Bette Davis as Elizabeth I, and continues with Walter Lang's Can-Can (1960) and Mark Robson's Peyton Place (1957), which earned nine nominations, including Best Picture, but came away empty handed.

Following Those Magnificent Men and Their Flying Machines (1965), Sally Field stars in her first of two career Academy wins for Best Actress in Norma Rae (1979), where she delivered a powerful performance as a fictionalize version of real-life union organizer Crystal Lee Sutton.

After showing Ron Howard's popular Cocoon (1985), Turner will showcase one of Barbra Streisand's most famous films, Hello, Dolly! (1968), directed by Gene Kelly, and Anthony Quinn's spectacular Oscar-nominated performance in Zorba the Greek (1964).

Norma RaeThe weekend will concluded with Robert Aldrich's classic adventure, The Flight of the Phoenix (1965), starring James Stewart, Richard Attenborough and Peter Finch, and The Stunt Man (1980), which earned nominations for Best Actor for Peter O'Toole and Best Director for Richard Rush.

Movie posters for 'Carmen Jones' (1954), 'No Way Out' (1950), 'The Three Faces of Eve' (1957) and 'Norma Rae' (1979)/20th Century Fox

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