At the 92nd Academy Awards last night, Parasite made history as the first foreign language film to take home the Oscar for Best Picture. It was a deserving win for the South Korean movie, which explored the dynamics of class while crafting a thriller as taut as it was unexpected.
If the Oscars left you hungry for more great cinema, get ready to gorge because TCM has a full schedule of classic movies scheduled throughout February to fill you up. From the groundbreaking films of Hollywood’s earliest years to the enduring favorites of the Golden Age, TCM is in the midst of a non-stop marathon featuring some of history’s greatest films and performances.
Best of all, with Sling TV’s 10 free hours of Cloud DVR, you can record them to watch at your convenience, no matter what time they air. Here’s a quick look at five movies worth adding to your DVR during TCM’s 31 Days of Oscar event, which continues through March 2. Don’t have TCM? Click here to add the Hollywood Extra package for just $5 per month.
Airing Monday, Feb. 10 at midnight ET
A prescient satire of the TV industry, this 1976 classic won four Academy Awards, including Oscars for Best Actor (Peter Finch) and Actress (Faye Dunaway), Supporting Actress (Beatrice Straight) and Original Screenplay (Paddy Chayefsky). Even if you’ve never watched the full movie, you know the “Mad as hell!” speech. However, it’s a testament to Chayefsky’s script that its themes still resonate — last year, Bryan Cranston won a Tony Award for his portrayal of Finch’s Howard Beale in the stage adaptation.
Friday, Feb. 14 at 6pm ET
Speaking of Faye Dunaway, in 1967 she starred alongside Warren Beatty in Bonnie and Clyde, which is considered one of the first movies of the so-called “New Hollywood” era. In addition to its influence on filmmakers, Bonnie and Clyde also helped launched the careers of not only Dunaway but Warren Beatty, Gene Wilder (in his first credited film role) and Gene Hackman, who nabbed the first of his five career Oscar nominations.
Monday, Feb. 17 at 12:45am ET
Like Network, Martin Scorsese’s moody 1976 masterpiece still feels relevant nearly 45 years after its release. An unflinching look at disaffected and dangerous youth, Taxi Driver earned four Oscar nominations and established Scorsese and Robert De Niro as one of Hollywood’s premiere partnerships.
Friday, Feb. 21 at 8pm ET
With three wins and 12 total nominations, Jack Nicholson is the most celebrated male actor in Oscar history (only Katharine Hepburn has more wins, with four). Nicholson earned his second Academy Award for Terms of Endearment, the directorial debut of the inimitable James L. Brooks, who would also steer Nicholson to his third Oscar in As Good As It Gets. A poignant mix of comedy and drama, Terms of Endearment is also notable for its impressive ensemble, which includes Shirley MacLaine (who took home the Best Actress Oscar), Jeff Daniels, John Lithgow, and Danny DeVito.
Saturday, Feb. 29 at 6pm ET
Finally, it’s impossible to exclude this Dustin Hoffman classic, a film of towering status and influence. Beyond introducing the world to Hoffman’s formidable talents, Mike Nichols took home the Best Director award. One of his best choices was incorporating Simon & Garfunkel into the soundtrack; “Mrs. Robinson” — which became the first rock song with win Record of the Year at the Grammys — is now one of the signature songs in the history of music on film.
For the full schedule of TCM’s 31 Days of Oscar event, click here.