U.S. net Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is to premiere Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s Oscar, a documentary tracing the history of the Academy Awards, on February 1, 2014.
The doc is produced by Telling Pictures in association with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) and Hollywood Newsreel, and promises to take movie lovers “on a journey through Hollywood history,” telling the story of “the little statuette that became the industry’s most coveted prize,” according to TCM.
CNN Films will air the encore presentation of the documentary on CNN, following the film’s first broadcast on TCM.
“We’re delighted to partner with TCM on this extraordinary 85-year history of the Academy Awards,” said AMPAS president Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Rob and Jeffrey are in the midst of producing a fantastic showcase of special Oscar moments that will take audiences on a memorable cinematic journey.”
The doc will kick off TCM’s ’31 Days of Oscar’ showcase, which will see Best Picture nominees played on the network each day, leading up to ABC’s live Academy Awards telecast on March 2.
Oscar is being written, directed and exec produced by Epstein and Friedman (Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt), with Christopher Pavlick and Rick Spalla producing.
Actors being interviewed for the doc include George Clooney, Jennifer Hudson, Tom Hanks and Helen Mirren, along with filmmakers such as Steven Spielberg, Michael Moore and Jason Reitman.