In celebration of the film industry’s highest honor—the Academy Awards®–HDNET MOVIES rolls out the red carpet for its third annual movie event And The Oscar® Goes To… with film critic Richard Roeper returning to lend his movie industry and pop culture expertise to a slate of over 50 Oscar®-winning films, airing non-stop from Feb. 1 to the night of the 91st Academy Awards®, Feb. 24.
This year, Roeper will be on-site at the home of the inaugural 1929 Oscars® ceremony, The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, as heguides viewers on a cinematic odyssey that puts the spotlight on some of the most important and influential films of all time.
The month-long event spans a wide array of eras and genres, and starring some of Tinseltown’s most legendary actors and actresses. This year’s roster is home to several previous Best Picture winners including Oliver Stone’s gritty Vietnam War opusPLATOON, starring Charlie Sheen and Tom Berenger; the Coen Brothers’ dark and disturbing crime drama NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, starring Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, and Josh Brolin; Steve Spielberg’s seven-time Oscar®-winning dramaSCHINDLER’S LIST starring Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes; and Ben Kingsley in the eight-time Oscar®-winning biopicGANDHI. Other film-favorites include Martin Scorsese’s Best Documentary-winner WOODSTOCK; Clint Eastwood’s Best Picture nominee and winner for Best Sound Editing LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA; Brian De Palma’s star-studded gangster flick THE UNTOUCHABLES with Kevin Costner, Robert De Niro and Sean Connery, who won Best Supporting Actor for his performance; and many more to be announced at a later time.
For over three decades, Roeper has been the leading film critic and a columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times. He rose to national prominence as the co-host of the popular series “Ebert and Roeper” alongside Roger Ebert and has also reviewed films for ReelzChannel. A prominent nonfiction author, Roeper has written books on a wide variety of topics from film industry and Hollywood urban legends, to professional poker, gambling and his beloved Chicago White Sox.
“We have an incredible line-up of films this year that will cut through all the noise of the awards season and celebrate what we love about movies,” said Roeper.
“We are proud to once again have Richard Roeper as host and tour guide of ‘And The Oscar® Goes To…,” said Stephan Shelanski, HDNET MOVIES General Manager, “providing his trademark wit and wisdom to the proceedings as we put the spotlight on some of the greatest films to win Hollywood’s most prestigious honor.”