Turner Classic Movies helps you focus on the coming Oscars with its month long festival of films shown on its TV channel. Every night from February 1 to March 3, it will show films for your enjoyment by pairing 2 movies nightly that could compete with each other in a category (eg, Best Director or a favorite actor). You can watch them, rate them, and enjoy them. Here are some of their 62 categories.
Feb 1: Grittiest Streets of New York, The French Connection v. Taxi Driver
Feb 3: Tiebreaker: Katharine Hepburn (The Lion in Winter) v. Barbra Streisand(Funny Girl), tied for Best Actress winner in 1968.
Feb 3: Best Way to Take On Political Corruption: All the King’s Men v. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Feb 5: Favorite Supporting Actor Win: Anthony Quinn in: Viva Zapata! (1952) v. Lust for Life(1956)
Feb 6: WWII: Best Turning Point Film: The Longest Day v. Tora! Tora! Tora!
Feb 7: Favorite Swashbuckler: The Mask of Zorro v. The Adventures of Robin Hood
Feb. 8: Best True Crime: Bonnie and Clyde v. Dog Day Afternoon
Feb. 9: Best Race Relations: In the Heat of the Night v. The Defiant Ones
Feb. 10: William Wyler, Best Picture Winner: Mrs. Miniver v. The Best Years of Our Lives
Feb. 11: East Coast vs. West Coast Dance Off: On the Town v. Singin’ in the Rain
Feb. 13: David Lean Best Picture Win: Lawrence of Arabia v. The Bridge on the River Kwai
Feb. 17: Favorite Movie With Three Acting Winners: A Streetcar Named Desire v. Network
Feb. 19: Favorite Best Actor Win, Spencer Tracy: Captains Courageous (1937) v. Boys Town (1938)
Feb. 21: Favorite Movie Prisoner: Cool Hand Luke (1967) v. Papillon(1973)
Feb. 22: Best Movie Mutiny: Mutiny on the Bounty (1962) v. The Caine Mutiny (1954)
Feb. 25: 1942 Best Screenplay: Original vs. Adapted: Citizen Kane (1941) v. Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)
Feb. 26: Favorite Conrad L. Hall Western Cinematography: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid v. The Professionals
Feb. 28: Favorite Boxing Biopic: The Great White Hope v. Somebody Up There Likes Me
Mar. 2: Favorite Gender-Bending Role: Tootsie v. Victor/Victoria
Mar. 2: Best Coming of Age: The Graduate v. The Last Picture Show
** = The information about films in this article is from TV Guide, Jan. 21 – Feb.3, 2019.