It’s almost Oscar time!
And to get ready for the Academy Awards on February 24, check out these films showing this weekend on broadcast and cable television.
Friday, Feb. 8
The Sunshine Boys (1976)
George Burns was a popular winner of the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his comeback performance in this Neil Simon comedy about veteran performers from Vaudeville.
6 p.m., TCM
Ten nominations, including Best Picture, went to this all-star adaptation of Arthur Hailey’s novel. Helen Hayes won her second Oscar for her supporting role as a stowaway.
8 p.m., Flix
In the Heat of the Night (1967)
Five Oscars – including Best Picture – went to Norman Jewison’s exploration of racial prejudice in a Southern town. Rod Steiger won the Best Actor award.
8 p.m., TCM
The Prince of Tides (1991)
Seven Oscar nominations – including Best Picture – went to Barbra Streisand’s popular interpretation of the novel by Pat Conroy. But Streisand was snubbed for a Best Director nod.
10:15 p.m., TCM
Saturday, Feb. 9
Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
James Cagney turned from movies about the mob to a musical about George M. Cohan to win his Best Actor Academy Award. The movie was a Best Picture nominee, too.
1:15 p.m., TCM
Sunday, Feb. 10
A Passage to India (1984)
Two Oscars – including Best Supporting Actress for Peggy Ashcroft – went to David Lean’s masterful adaptation of the novel by E.M Forster. A Best Picture nominee, too.
12 noon, TCM
The Godfather Part II (1974)
Six Oscars – including Best Picture and Director – went to this sequel to 1972 winner, the first movie sequel to win the top award! Robert De Niro won the Supporting Actor award.
12:30 p.m., BBC
Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
Five Oscars – including Best Picture – went to this all-star epic based on the novel by Jules Verne. Trivia note: this movie introduced the concept of the cameo role in a movie!
4:45 p.m., TCM
The Godfather (1972)
Three Oscars – including Best Picture – went to Francis Ford Coppola’s masterful adaptation of Mario Puzo’s novel. Marlon Brando won, but did not accept, Best Actor.
5 p.m., BBC
Captain Phillips (2013)
Six Oscar nominations – including Best Picture – went to Paul Greengrass’ thrilling tale about a cargo ship that is kidnapped by pirates. But Tom Hanks was snubbed for Best Actor.
7:40 p.m. and 10:25 p.m., FXM