Oscar Season is in full swing; the big, end-of-year releases are hitting theaters and nominations voting began Monday. From now until the awards ceremony on February 24, the film world is abuzz with Oscar predictions. The Music Box Theatre takes this opportunity to take a look at some past award winners and see how this year's crop stacks up! Oscar-Winning Filmsmatinee series features a roster of movies that have racked up at least three Academy Awards apiece. Oscar-Winning Films show weekends, December 29, 2012-February 24, 2013, 11:30 a.m. at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., Chicago. Tickets are $7.25 at the box office.
Oscar Winning Films Schedule
12/29-30 Sunrise (1927) - Most Unique and Artistic Production, Best Actress, Cinematography
1/5-6 On the Waterfront (1954) - Best Picture, Director, Actor, Supporting Actress, Writing, etc.
1/13 A Place in the Sun (1951) - Best Director, Cinematography, Writing, Music, etc.
1/19-20 All About Eve (1950) - Best Picture, Director, Actor, Writing, etc.
1/26-27 It Happened One Night (1934) - Best Picture, Actor, Actress, Director, Writing
2/2-3 Network (1976) - Best Actor, Actress, Supporting Actress, Writing
2/10 Casablanca (1942) - Best Picture, Director, Screenplay
2/16-17 Gigi (1958) - Best Picture, Director, Music, Writing, etc.
2/23-24 Midnight Cowboy (1969) - Best Picture, Director, Writing
December 29-30, 11:30 a.m.
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (F. W. Murnau, 1927, 89m)
One of the most beloved silent films, F.W. Murnau's (Nosferatu) Sunrise was his first film in the US. George O'Brien is a married farmer tempted away from his wife, Janet Gaynor, by a slatternly woman from the city, who tries to convince him to drown his wife. When The Farmer's wife escapes her murderous husband, he has a change of heart and must find his wife in the big city to which she's fled and bring her home. Featuring the most adorable drunk pig you'll ever see on film! Winner of the film's top honor at the first Academy Awards and ranked one of the "100 Greatest Movies of All Time" by the American Film Institute.
January 5-6, 11:30 a.m.
On the Waterfront (Elia Kazan, 1954, 108m)
Winner of eight Academy Awards, sweeping all the majors, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor. Marlon Brando's searing performance as an ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggling to stand up to his corrupt union bosses earned him great acclaim, and rightfully so. "I coulda been a contender!" Karl Malden is the crusading Catholic priest who serves as moral inspiration for Brando's dockworker.
January 13, 11:30 a.m.
A Place in the Sun (George Stevens, 1951, 122m)
George Eastman (Montgomery Clift) is the poor nephew of a rich industrialist who takes a job in his uncle's factory. While working there, George begins dating fellow factory worker Alice "Al" Tripp (Shelley Winters), but when George meets society girl Angela Vickers (Elizabeth Taylor) and experiences all of the unattainable wealth and status she represents, George must choose between two very different worlds, with dire consequences.
January 19-20, 11:30 a.m.
All About Eve (Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1950, 138m)
The young and ambitious Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter) has managed to befriend the great but temperamental stage actress Margo Channing (Bette Davis), but the cynical theater critic Addison DeWitt (George Sanders) can see right through Eve's sweet facade to her true, manipulative intentions. Joseph L. Mankiewicz walked away with an Oscar for Best Director and Screenplay, though in an odd twist mirroring the film, both lead actresses lost out to upstart Judy Holliday for Born Yesterday.