It’s Oscar® season and the studios have released their more critically acclaimed films with the hope of winning at the Academy Awards®. Expect the unexpected in what is shaping up to be an unusual outcome. Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, an AFN world television premiered movie showcased as part of African American History Month and Presidents Day, is by rights the film to beat for Best Picture, with a leading 12 nominations. But Ben Affleck’s Argo has been steadily amassing awards during the season, winning top honors at other awards ceremonies so far.
In celebration of Academy Awards® Week, AFN will air a fine selection of past Oscar® winning movies, along with some of this year’s contenders. Highlighting the week is the AFN premiere of The Artist, which pulled in five Major awards in 2012. The following are recommended TVtalk movie premieres and shows for the week:
My Week With MarilynAFN|movie7pm CET/JKT Wednesday February 20th
In the early summer of 1956, 23 year-old Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne), just down from Oxford and determined to make his way in the film business, worked as a lowly assistant on the set of ‘The Prince and the Showgirl’. The film that famously united Sir Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh) and Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams), who was also on honeymoon with her new husband, the playwright Aurthur Miller (Dougray Scott).Nominated in 2012 for:Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role – Kenneth BranaghBest Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role – Michelle Williams
The ArtistAFN|movie7pm CET/JKT Saturday, February 23rd
Hollywood 1927. George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is a silent movie superstar. The advent of the talkies will sound the death knell for his career and see him fall into oblivion. For young extra Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo), it seems the sky’s the limit – major movie stardom awaits. The Artist tells the story of their interlinked destinies. Stars Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo, John Goodman.Won five Academy Awards® in 2012:-Best Motion Picture of the Year-Best Achievement in Directing-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Jean Dujardin)-Best Achievement in Costume Design-Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score
85th Annual Academy Awards®Live on AFN|prime Atlantic:Monday February 24th 2:30am CET, 4:30am AST, 6am AFG and 10:30am JKTEncore on AFN|movie:5:30pm CET/JKT Monday, February 24th
The biggest night in Hollywood opens with the usual glitz and glamour of the red carpet procession. Family Guy creator and voice Seth MacFarlane will host most of the evening. The night will additionally feature Shirley Bassey, the voice behind the iconic theme songs for the James Bond films Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever and Moonraker, her first appearance at the awards.
James Bond 007 Triple FeatureAFN|movieStarts: 10:15am CET/JKT Monday February 24th
Skyfall is nomoinated for best picture in this year’s Academy Awards®, but it will be featured at this year’s honors in another way. The telecast will include a tribute to the glamorous secret agent, who hit a milestone in 2012; its 50th birthday. As a further tribute to 007 and preceding the Oscars® primetime encore airing, AFN will present a triple feature of Bond movies.
Die Another Day @ 10:15am Casino Royale @ 12:45 pm Quantum of Solace @ 3:30 pm
Moonrise KingdomAFN|movie9:20 pm CET/JKT Sunday, February 24th
Set on an island off the coast of New England in 1965, two twelve-year-olds fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore, and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in more ways than anyone can handle. Bruce Willis plays the local sheriff. Edward Norton is a Khaki Scout troop leader. Bill Murray and Frances McDormand portray the young girl’s parents. The cast also includes Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward as the boy and girl. Nominated for Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen for this year’s Oscar®.
The majority of movies airing during this week will be Academy Award® winning movies such as The King’s Speech, The Hurt Locker, Slumdog Millionaire, Hugo and No Country for Old Men. Additionally AFN|family will air six Oscar®-winning Animated Pictures during the weekend; Rango, Toy Story 3, Up, Wall-e, Ratatouille and Happy Feet. Visit myAFN.net for airtimes.