"Oscar," a new documentary on the 85-year history of the Academy Awards, will premiere Feb. 1 on TCM.
The program will help start the channel's annual 31 Days of Oscar festival. Each night during the event, TCM will present movies that competed for the same Academy Award.
The Feb. 1 kickoff will offer the 10 movies nominated for the best picture of 1939. "Gone With the Wind" won the prize over "The Wizard of Oz," "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington," "Stagecoach," "Wuthering Heights," "Dark Victory," "Love Affair," "Of Mice and Men," "Ninotchka" and "Goodbye, Mr. Chips."
"Oscar" will mix clips from classic movies, moments from the Oscar ceremonies and new interviews with Oscar winners. They will include Cher, George Clooney, Steven Spielberg, Jennifer Hudson, Helen Mirren, Tom Hanks, Ellen Burstyn, Ben Kingsley and Whoopi Goldberg.
The documentary is being written and directed by Oscar-winners Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman ("Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt").