'Tis The Season to Enjoy Academy Alumni in Holiday Favorites

It's the time of year when loved ones gather together to celebrate the season with lights, gifts, feasting and, of course, holiday movies! Academy alumni can be seen spreading cheer in many classic favorites that depict the true spirit of the holidays.

As the high-strung Mr. Matuschek, owner of The Shop Around The Corner in the classic holiday comedy, 1914 alumnus Frank Morgan must contend with a motley crew of employees and their resulting hijinks as Christmas Eve approaches.
 
Frank Morgan (1914), middle, with Margaret Sullivan and Jimmy Stewart in The Shop Around The Corner

What starts as a friendly rivalry between Danny Devito, a 1960 alumnus, and neighbor Matthew Broderick escalates into a full-blown war in Deck The Halls. Is it even really Christmas if your holiday decorations can't be seen from space?
 
Danny Devito (1966), right, with Matthew Broderick in Deck The Halls

Jason Robards, a 1948 graduate, portrays a widower who can't bring himself to celebrate the holidays, despite the pleas of his daughter, in the classic made-for-television film The House Without A Christmas Tree. Winning two Emmys and airing annually from 1972 until 1977, the film was eventually adapted into a children's book.
 
Jason Robards (1948) in The House Without A Christmas Tree

For nearly 20 years, 1977 graduate Cristina Fontanelli has been delighting audiences with a taste of Christmas in Italy, her holiday show at New York's Carnegie Hall. Featuring a festive mix of opera, holiday standards and even an appearance by Santa himself, the annual event raises funds for children's charities, such as St. Jude's Hospital.
 
Cristina Fontanelli (1977) performs her long-running Christmas In Italy holiday show at Carnegie Hall in New York

It's A Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie finds Kermit, Miss Piggy and the rest of the gang organizing a special Christmas show to save their beloved Muppet Theater from closing. Enter 1990 alumnus Matthew Lillard as over-the-top choreographer, Luc Fromage, to help with the big production number.
 
Matthew Lillard (1990) with Gonzo and Kermit in It's A Very Muppet Christmas Movie

Not only did the film Holiday Inn first introduce the now-classic carol "White Christmas," it also gave 1918 alumnus Walter Abel a  memorable showcase as talent agent Danny Reed, alongside Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby as rival performers in business and love.
 
Walter Abel (1918) in Holiday Inn

1992 graduate Robert Creighton didn't build a snowman, but he did take the stage as the dastardly Duke of Weselton in the Broadway adaptation of Disney's smash hit Frozen. The show took home the 2018 Tony Award for Best Musical, along with Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score. 
 
Robert Creighton (1992), right, in the Broadway adaptation of Disney's Frozen

As a pair of siblings scheme to get their divorcing parents back together in the comedy All I Want For Christmas, they get a little help from their grandmother, played by none other than the legendary Lauren Bacall, a 1942 graduate. 
 
Lauren Bacall  (1942) in All I Want For Christmas

Set during the Christmas season of 1952, Carol tells the story of a glamorous divorcée navigating relationships with a young department store clerk as well as her close friend, portrayed by past student Sarah Paulson. The stunning cinematography and set design of Christmastime Manhattan in the 1950s make this Oscar-nominated film a modern holiday classic.
 
Sarah Paulson (1993), right, with Cate Blanchett in Carol

Eion Bailey, a 1996 graduate, plays a husband none the wiser that there are some shenanigans afoot in Switched For Christmas. When identical twin sisters are stuck planning their respective holiday parties, they're convinced the grass is greener on the other side and swap lives. However, in the spirit of the season, they instead learn to appreciate their own families and each other.
 
Eion Bailey (1996) with Candace Cameron Bure in Switched for Christmas

1991 graduate Paul Rudd teams up with Paul Giamatti in the dark comedy All Is Bright, following two shady characters selling Christmas trees in New York City while out on parole.
 
Paul Rudd (1991) and Paul Giamatti in All Is Bright

Home for the Holidays, perhaps one of the quintessential love letters to dysfunctional families, features alumni Anne Bancroft and Charles Durning as the parents of the oft-squabbling Larsen siblings. 
 
Anne Bancroft (1950) and Charles Durning (1948) in Home for the Holidays

In the romantic comedy Remember The Night, a sympathetic prosecutor brings his shoplifting defendant home for the holidays to meet his family, including 1923 alumnus Sterling Holloway as Cousin Willie. 
 
Sterling Holloway (1923), right, with Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck in Remember The Night

Dennis Haysbert, a 1977 alumnus, appears opposite Patti LaBelle in Christmas Everlasting, the story of a high-powered executive who must re-evaluate her priorities after the death of her sister. Forced to live in her hometown over the holidays as a condition of her sister's will, she reconnects with her high school sweetheart as well as the rest of her family.
 
(L-R) Patti LaBelle, Dennis Haysbert (1977) and Tatyana Ali in Christmas Everlasting

1987 graduate Max Casella portrays one of several unlucky characters who get trapped in an elevator in the comedy Christmas Eve, which forces them to not only reassess their priorities but connect with each other.
 
Max Casella (1987) ,left, with Jon Heder in Christmas Eve

Ice Princess features 1974 graduate Kim Cattrall as a disgraced former figure skating champion who first hinders and then helps a young skater. Forced to choose between her plan of attending Harvard and her newfound skill in figure skating, a high school student finds an unlikely champion and coach, who also happens to be the mother of her skating rival. 
 
Kim Cattrall (1974), left, with Michelle Trachtenberg in Ice Princess

So This Is Christmas features 1977 alumnus Eric Roberts opposite Vivica A. Fox as a married couple trying to manage their blended family over the holidays. When their daughter volunteers for a Christmas play with underprivileged children, she finds that helping those in need also helps to bring her family together.
 
Eric Roberts (1977) and Vivica A. Fox in So This Is Christmas