April 8, 2016 – Early this morning, TCM posted a letter from TCM host and film historian Robert Osborne, a letter which won’t have fans of the 2016 TCM Classic Film Festival “singing in the rain.” Osborne is the guru, the patriarch, the anchor of TCM and the TCM Classic Film Festival, the face whom fans want to meet, but as happened with the 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival, he has been forced to bow out of the festivities for the this year’s Festival, running April 28 to May 1 in Hollywood.
Citing “a health issue” as the reason for absence, Osborne goes on to state, “I’ll be taking time off to focus on that and enjoy some vacation time.”
As TCM fans and attendees at prior TCM Classic Film Festivals can attest, Osborne is one of the highpoints of the Festival and the glue that brings it all together. That feeling is mutual as Osborne candidly admits, “Those four days each spring are always high points of the year for me.”
Putting full faith in Ben Mankiewicz and other TCM Festival hosts to provide another year of excellent festival-going for the legions of faithful classic film fans, Osborne assures all, “I’ve seen what’s been planned and it’s going to be great, as is the programming scheduled on TCM in the coming months, which I’ll be watching right along with you.”
The full text of Osborne’s letter is below:
“My TCM Family:
One of the things I look forward to most is TCM’s annual Classic Film Festival. Those four days each spring are always high points of the year for me, so I’m disappointed I won’t be able to join you at this year’s Festival. As that old saying goes, “Life is what’s happening while you’re making other plans.” A health issue has come up which requires attention, so I’ll be taking time off to focus on that and enjoy some vacation time. I know you’re in good hands with all of our Festival hosts, including Ben Mankiewicz, who will offer you the best Festival-going experience. I’ve seen what’s been planned and it’s going to be great, as is the programming scheduled on TCM in the coming months, which I’ll be watching right along with you. Meanwhile, I look forward to joining you again soon. Cheers, Robert Osborne”
TCM Classic Film Festival, now in its 7th year, takes place in Hollywood, California headquartered at The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, site of the first Academy Awards® ceremony. Festival screenings and events take place at venues throughout Hollywood, among them, TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX, the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres and the Egyptian Theatre. This year’s festival theme is “Moving Pictures” celebrating the emotion of the movies. The 2016 TCM Classic Film Festival kicks off on April 28th with an Opening Night Gala and 40th anniversary special screening of the 1976 Alan J. Pakula directed political thriller, “All The President’s Men”. On hand for the screening will be investigative journalist Carl Bernstein (played by Dustin Hoffman in the film) and Oscar winners for “Spotlight” at this year’s Academy Awards®, director/screenwriter Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer.