In an Oscar mood?
As the countdown begins, take a fresh look at the nominees and winners from years past that are showing this weekend on broadcast and cable television.
Saturday, Jan. 26
Mel Gibson was named Best Director for this epic look at the personal mission of William Wallace to fight the tyranny of England’s King Edward I.
1:30 p.m., IFC
Steven Spielberg’s thriller about a man-eating shark won three Oscars including a nod to John Williams for his electrifying musical score.
3:30 p.m., AMC
Rachel, Rachel (1968)
Joanne Woodward was nominated for Best Actress for her touching work as a lady looking for love in this tender romance directed by Paul Newman.
4:15 p.m., TCM
Dustin Hoffman was nominated for Best Actor for his thrilling take on an actor willing to do anything to get a job. Jessica Lange won an Oscar as Best Supporting Actress.
6 p.m., Flix
Sunday, Jan. 27
Mr. Holland’s Opus (1995)
Richard Dreyfuss snagged a Best Actor nomination for his touching portrayal of a high school music teacher who makes a difference to his students.
10:30 a.m., Flix
The Americanization of Emily (1964)
Julie Andrews – the same year she won the Best Actress Oscar for Mary Poppins – proved she could shine on screen without songs in this anti-war comedy by Paddy Chayefsky.
12 noon, TCM
The Godfather (1972)
While the movie did not win the most awards on Oscar night – three compared to eight for Cabaret – it did capture the coveted Best Picture award. But Marlon Brando refused his award.
5 p.m., AMC
California Suite (1978)
Maggie Smith won her second Oscar for her hilarious turn as an actress trying to cope with the ups and downs of being an Academy Award nominee in this comedy by Neil Simon.
6 p.m., TCM
The Queen (2006)
Helen Mirren was named Best Actress for her detailed recreation of England’s Queen Elizabeth II in the days following the death of Princess Diana.
8 p.m., Flix
The Godfather Part II (1974)
Six Oscars – including Best Picture – went to this follow up to the 1972 winner, the first time a sequel would win the year’s top Oscar.
9 p.m., AMC