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HDNET MOVIES Goes for Gold With an Award-Winning “OSCAR® FRIDAYS” Lineup Featuring ‘There Will Be Blood’ and ‘The Hurt Locker,’ Airing in Primetime All Month Long

January 28, 2016

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The February Lineup also Includes a “Villain-Tine’s Day” Block Featuring BASIC INSTINCT, NATURAL BORN KILLERS, and BONNIE & CLYDE on Feb. 14 at 8pE

Los Angeles – Jan. 28, 2015 – HDNET MOVIES presents award-winning favorites and classic thrillers in February, headlined by the “Oscar® Fridays” block—airing every Friday in primetime all month long—and the “Villain-Tine’s Day” marathon on Sunday, February 14, at 8pE.

The 11-film “Oscar® Fridays” lineup kicks off on February 5 with a night of Best Picture Winners at 6:15pE, featuring Morgan Freeman as a kindly chauffeur who develops an unlikely friendship with spunky widow Jessica Tandy in DRIVING MISS DAISY. Next, two kids from rival gangs fall in love during a deadly turf war in the iconic 1961 musical WEST SIDE STORY, with Natalie Wood, at 8pE. And plantation owner Meryl Streep has an affair to remember with photographer Robert Redford in OUT OF AFRICA, at 10:40pE.

HDNET MOVIES celebrates a trio of Best Sound Winners on February 12, with Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman as reporting duo Woodward and Bernstein, risking their careers to uncover the truth behind Watergate in ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN, at 5:40pE. Steven Spielberg’s out-of-this world epic E.T. THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL follows at 8pE, starring Henry Thomas and Drew Barrymore as siblings who befriend a stranded alien. And Russell Crowe takes the helm as a British captain tasked with taking down a powerful French vessel in MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD, at 10pE.

HDNET MOVIES pays tribute to the men behind the camera on February 19, with a block of Best Director Winners, opening with Adrien Brody as young musician evading Nazis in the ruins of Warsaw in Roman Polanski’s WWII biopic THE PIANIST, at 8pE; followed by an encore screening of Sydney Pollack’s 1985 romance OUT OF AFRICA at 10:30pE. And rancher Rock Hudson feuds with oil tycoon James Dean in George Stevens’ 1956 epic GIANT, with Elizabeth Taylor and Dennis Hopper, at 1:15aE.

“Oscar® Fridays” wraps up on February 26 at 8pE, with HDNET MOVIES Favorites featuring Jeremy Renner as the leader of an elite bomb disposal unit in the 2008 Best Picture winner THE HURT LOCKER; the film made history when Kathryn Bigelow took home the Oscar® for Best Director, making her the first woman ever to win the award. Next, Daniel Day-Lewis shines in his Best Actor-winning role as a charismatic oilman plotting to build a pipeline in the 2007 Upton Sinclair adaptation THERE WILL BE BLOOD, at 10:15pE. And naïve private Charlie Sheen struggles with the horrors of the Vietnam War, in Oliver Stone’s 1986 opus PLATOON—winner of four Oscars®, including Best Picture and Best Director—with Willem Dafoe, Forest Whitaker, and Johnny Depp, at 1aE.

Then, HDNET MOVIES explores the dark side of love in the “Villain-tine’s Day” block on February 14, starting at 8pE with the steamy 1992 thriller BASIC INSTINCT, starring Michael Douglas as a detective who falls for seductive author—and prime murder suspect—Sharon Stone. NATURAL BORN KILLERS follows at 10:10pE, starring Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis as psychopathic sweethearts-turned-media-darlings, in this controversial cult classic directed by Oliver Stone. The mayhem comes to an end with Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway as original killer couple Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker, bringing the duo’s startling true story to life in the Oscar®-winning 1967 crime drama BONNIE AND CLYDE, which took home the awards for Best Supporting Actress and Best Cinematography, at 12:15aE.

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For a complete schedule of films and times, visit www.hdnetmovies.com/schedules. In addition to airing these films on the dates noted above, some of the movies mentioned are scheduled for further broadcasts throughout the month. (See listings for further details.)

HDNET MOVIES February highlights are as follows (all times eastern):

Oscar® Fridays

Every Friday in February

Friday February 5 (BEST PICTURE WINNERS)

Driving Miss Daisy (1989) – 6:15pE

West Side Story (1961) – 8:00pE

Out of Africa (1985) – 10:40pE

Friday February 12 (BEST SOUND WINNERS)

All The President’s Men (1976)  – 5:40pE

E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (1982) – 8:00pE

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) – 10:00pE

Friday February 19 (BEST DIRECTOR WINNERS)

The Pianist (2002) – 8:00pE

Out of Africa (1985) – 10:30pE

Giant (1956) – 1:15aE


The Hurt Locker (2008) – 8:00pE

There Will Be Blood (2007) – 10:15pE

Platoon (1986) – 1:00aE

Villain-tine’s Day

Sunday February 14

Basic Instinct (1992) – 8:00pE

Natural Born Killers (1994) – 10:10pE

Bonnie and Clyde (1967) – 12:15aE


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