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31 Days of Oscar: ‘Musical’


TCM, beginning at 5:45 a.m.

You’ll be humming and tapping your feet all day today as Turner Classic Movies’ 31 Days of Oscar presents 10 Academy Award-nominated and/or -winning musical favorites. Featured titles are 1929’s The Broadway Melody (pictured) — won Best Picture, and also nomination­s for Best Actress (Bessie Love) and Director (Harry Beaumont); Swing Time (1936) — won for Best Original Song (“The Way You Look Tonight,” by Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields), and also nominated for Best Dance Direction (choreograp­her Hermes Pan’s “Bojangles of Harlem” sequence); Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) — five nomination­s, including Best Picture, and one win, for the musical score by Adolph Deutsch and

Saul Chaplin; Gigi (1958) — won all nine of the categories in which it was nominated, including Best Picture, Director (Vincente Minnelli) and Original Song (“Gigi,” by Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner); The Music Man (1962) — six nomination­s, including Best Picture, and one win, for Ray Heindorf’s adaptation of the Broadway score; A Star Is Born (1954) — six nomination­p.m.s, including Best Actor (James Mason), Actress (Judy Garland) and Original Song (“The Man That Got Away,” by Harold Arlen and Ira Gershwin); An American in Paris (1951) — eight nomination­s, including Best Director (Vincente Minnelli), and six wins, including Best Picture; West Side Story (1961) — won 10 of its 11 nomination­s, including Best Picture, Director (Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins), Actor (George Chakiris) and Supporting Actress (Rita Moreno); Fiddler on the Roof (1971) — eight nomination­s, including Best Picture, Actor (Topol), Supporting Actor (Leonard Frey) and Director (Norman

Jewison), and three wins: Cinematogr­aphy (Oswald Morris), Sound (Gordon K. McCallum and David Hildyard) and Best Music, Scoring Adaptation and Original Song Score (John Williams); and Cabaret (1972) — won eight of its 10 nomination­s, including Best Actress (Liza Minnelli), Supporting Actor (Joel Grey) and Director (Bob Fosse), and was also nominated for Best Picture and Adapted Screenplay (Jay Presson Allen).


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