Classic Oscar Binge

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The 91st annual Academy Awards ceremony will air this Sunday, February 24, at 8 pm ET on ABC.

To celebrate, starting Friday, classic movie/TV streamer The Film Detective will run a weekend of Oscar-winning and nominated films from the last 80 years.

Among the highlights:

My Man Godfrey (1936). Socialite Carol Lombard hires a vagrant, Godfrey (William Powell), to serve as the family butler, only to fall in love with him. It was the first movie to receive an Oscar nomination in each acting category, as well as in best directing and acting. You can also watch it here:

A Star Is Born (1937). The original, starring Janet Gaynor and Frederic March, was nominated for seven Oscars and took home statues for Best Writing and Original Screenplay, along with an Honorary Award. It led to three remakes, including last year’s edition with Lady GaGa and Bradley Cooper. That version, nominated for eight Academy Awards, is now available to rent online starting at $5.99 from Vudu and other providers. Be sure to read The Savvy Screener’s article providing more information about all four versions, including where to stream them.

Watch the original below:

Sounder (1972). Based on a young adult novel by William H. Armstrong, the story of a Depression-era black sharecropping family whose father is imprisoned for stealing a ham, was nominated for four Oscars. Cicely Tyson, nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, is slated to be the first African-American woman to receive an Honorary Award at this year’s ceremony. You can watch Sounder in its entirety right here:

The Film Detective is free, without ads, at

If you prefer your classics uninterrupted and commercial-free, The Film Detective costs $3.99 per month or $34.99 per year, on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and iOS. (Visit The Film Detective for a complete list of apps.) It’s also available via The Film Detective’s Sling channel, which comes with the Orange and Blue subscription plans.

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Here’s the complete Film Detective Oscar lineup, available each day starting at 9 am ET. (The Sling channel provides a detailed airtime schedule.):

Friday, February 22

Captain Kidd (1945)

Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)

Of Human Bondage (1934)

Tulsa (1949)

Go for Broke! (1951)

The Lady of Burlesque (1943)

That Uncertain Feeling (1941)

The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952)

This is the Army (1943)

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Under Western Stars (1938)

Cheers for Miss Bishop (1941)

All American Co-Ed (1941)

The Son of Monte Cristo (1940)

Topper Returns (1941)

Something to Sing About (1937)

Hi Diddle Diddle (1943)

Cyrano de Bergerac (1950)

A Star is Born (1937)

The Man Who Skied Down Everest (1975)

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Gulliver’s Travels (1939)

Life with Father (1947

Algiers (1938)

My Man Godfrey (1936)

Love Affair (1939)

The Private Life of Henry the VIII (1933)

Sounder (1972) 

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