'And the Oscar Goes to ...': Academy Awards history with George Clooney, Tom Hanks

robert-osborne-tcm.jpgEverybody knows Oscar, but they may not know his whole story.

That background is explored when Turner Classic Movies launches its annual "31 Days of Oscar" festival - consisting of films that either have won or been nominated for Academy Awards - with a new documentary titled "And the Oscar Goes to ..." Saturday, Feb. 1. Rare footage is a highlight of the program, including clips from some of the earliest ceremonies to honor a year's achievements in cinema.

Expectedly since the program is on TCM, and also since he's a longtime documenter of Hollywood whose book "85 Years of the Oscar: The Official History of the Academy Awards" was published recently, main channel host Robert Osborne is among the interviewees.

"There's footage in this that people haven't seen for years, so it's going to be great fun for them, I think," Osborne, who was the official greeter of celebrities on the Oscar red carpet for several years, tells  Zap2it. "It's also great that the Academy (of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which gives out the Oscars) is loosening up its archives to let us do that."

A likely reason is the partner TCM has been to the Academy in promoting the Oscars - combined with 2014 being the channel's 20th anniversary year, April 14 the actual anniversary date.

In keeping with the Academy Awards honoring talents from many different disciplines, "And the Oscar Goes to ..." also includes comments from people who have gotten a nomination or the award itself. Of course, actors are among them; Tom Hanks (who won for "Philadelphia" and "Forrest Gump"), George Clooney ( "Syriana"), Cher ( "Moonstruck") and Whoopi Goldberg ( "Ghost") are featured.

So are director Steven Spielberg ( "Schindler's List," "Saving Private Ryan"), editor Kirk Baxter ( "The Social Network"), production designer Jeannine Claudia Oppewall ( "L.A. Confidential"), makeup artist and Syfy "Face Off" judge Ve Neill ( "Beetlejuice," "Mrs. Doubtfire"), and sound designer Ben Burtt ( "Star Wars," "Raiders of the Lost Ark").

And in terms of rarely seen clips, try these: Jon Voight attending the ceremony with then-young daughter Angelina Jolie, who's asked by an interviewer, "Do you want to be an actress?"; John Wayne queried backstage about Marlon Brando's rejection of his Oscar for "The Godfather"; and Cher not being let off the hook by her co-presenter, legendary composer Henry Mancini, when she mangles the name of nominee (and eventual winner)  Marvin Hamlisch.
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