Starting on February 1, 2006 Turner Classic Movies will present the 360 Degrees of Oscar to lead up to the Academy Awards which airs on March 5th.
Their presentation has a twist, as you may have gathered from the title. Like other Oscar themed TV film fests this one is chock full of Oscar winning films, 360 of them. But these films are each connected to the last by a common actor.
What caught my eye was The Conversation (1974), Harrison Ford plays a man named Martin Stett. This marks the premiere of this film on TCM. Then I noticed Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988) also a premiere on TCM. If you recall Richard LeParmentier is in this film as well as others from the Star Wars universe.
I wondered how many other films had connections. So I checked out the list and this is what I found (listed by date and time shown on TCM.):
Shampoo~1975 - Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia)
Bridge on the River Kwai~1957 - Alec Guinness (Obi-Wan Kenobi - OT), Nosher Powell (stunts - ANH)
The Lavender Hill Mob~1951 - Alec Guinness
Lawrence of Arabia~1962 - Alec Guinness, Tim Condren (Stormtrooper - ANH)
The Big Country~1958 - Burl Ives (narrator - Ewok Adventure)
Doctor Zhivago~1965 - Alec Guinness
Heaven Can Wait~1978 - Hamilton Camp (Rune Haako - SW Galactic Battlegrounds), Keene Curtis (4 episodes of the Star Wars radio drama...ANH)
2001: A Space Odyssey~1968 - Burnell Tucker (Control Officer Del Goren - ANH; Rebel Officer Wyron Serper - ESB), Tom Kane (Yoda - Clone Wars)
Dr. Srangelove Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb~1963 - James Earl Jones (voice of Darth Vader); Shane Rimmer (InCom Engineer - guides R2-D2 into Luke's ship - ANH)
Goodbye Mr. Chips~1969 - Siân Phillips (Queen Charal - Ewoks: Battle for Endor)
To Kill a Mockingbird~1962 - Brock Peters (voice of Darth Vader - Radio Dramas)
Out of Africa~1985 - Steve Gawley (Death Star Trooper - ANH; Red Leader - Star Tours), Shane Rimmer
Executive Suite~1954 - Hamilton Camp
Hook~1991 - *Carrie Fisher, *George Lucas, Nick Tate (voice of Prince Xizor - SW Shadows of the Empire vg), Philip Proctor (Tomas Azzameen - X-Wing Alliance vg)*Carrie Fisher is the woman kissing on the bridge and George Lucas is the man kissing on the bridge.
Dick Tracy~1990 - Hamilton Camp, Harrison Ellenshaw (Rebel Officer - ESB)
Who Framed Roger Rabbit?~1988 - Robert Watts (Lt. Watts, AT-ST Driver - ROTJ), Richard LeParmentier (General Motti - ANH), David Barclay (puppeteer: Jabba/Yoda), Mike Edmonds (Ugnaught - ESB; Logray/Jabba Puppeteer - ROTJ), Joe Alaskey (voice of Watto's Flunky - TPM vg), Jack Angel (voice of Rom Moc - Dark Forces vg), Christine Hewett (Senni Tonnika - ANH), Steve Gawley, Toby Philpott (Jabba puppeteer - ROTJ), Peter Diamond (stunts and many characters - OT)
Absence of Malice~1981 - Wilford Brimley (Noa - Ewok Adventure)
The China Syndrome~1979 - Wilford Brimley
The Ladykillers~1955 - Alec Guinness
Lovers and Other Strangers~1970 - Bea Arthur (Ackmena - Star Wars Holiday Special)
Waterloo Bridge~1940 - Pat Welsh (voice of Boushh in ROTJ)
Remains of the Day~1993 - Brigitte Kahn (Rebel Officer Toryn Farr - ESB)
Sense and Sensibility~1995 - Oliver Ford Davies (Sio Bibble - PT)
Mutiny on the Bounty~1962 - Eddie Byrne (General Vanden Willard - ANH)
The Conversation~1974 - Harrison Ford (Han Solo)
American Graffiti~1973 - Harrison Ford, Terence McGovern (voices of Stormtroopers - ANH; various SW vg), Scott Beach (Stormtrooper voice - ANH), Johnny Weissmuller, Jr. (Card Player - Ewoks: Battle for Endor)
Note: Weissmuller, Beach and McGovern also had roles in THX-1138
If you'd like to take a look at the schedule and times or just to figure out on your own which actors were the connectors for 360 Degrees of Oscar GO HERE.