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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Abbeville Press (November 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789211424
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789211422
  • Product Dimensions: 12.3 x 9.4 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

Updated every five years since 1989, the latest revision of the official history of the Academy Awards is a must-read for movie buffs. Osborne’s latest look back delivers trivia, personal narratives, and more than 750 black-and-white and full-color photographs. The heavy volume offers a year-by-year account of each Oscar night, complete with extensively captioned photos from the big six categories (best actor and actress, best supporting actor and actress, best director, and best film) as well as a listing of the nominees and winners of every other category awarded. Recommended for most public libraries and for academic libraries supporting film studies. --Rebecca Vnuk

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"[85 Years of the Oscar] represents a separate sort of pantheon, an almost literal hall of fame that requires readers to set up shop in a sturdy chair and make sure the teapot is full, because they won’t be getting up again anytime soon."
The New York Times

"But what [85 Years of the Oscar] truly is, in this age of websites and databases, is something gloriously old-fashioned — a beautiful, hard-cover, painstakingly researched reference source on the Academy Awards and the classic movies they have honored. It's a four-star present for any cinephile."
The Star-Ledger

"Essential for any cineaste completist's library."
The Philadelphia Inquirer

"A must-read for movie buffs."
Booklist

"For an Academy that prides itself on honoring outstanding achievements in the film industry, this book lives up to the same standard in publishing.
With more than eight decades of history, the nonprofit organization certainly has a story to tell. And this one is worth reading."
Toledo Free Press

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"Robert Osborne keeps the legend of Hollywood alive and well!"
—Drew Barrymore

"I say this softly, the Oscar along with the Academy or the Academy along with the Oscar, could not have a better film historian or human being who loves what the Academy and statue stands for."
—A friend, Bill Cosby

"No one knows more about Oscar history—or chronicles it with greater enthusiasm—than the one and only Robert Osborne. I look forward to each new edition of this handsome and valuable book."
—Leonard Maltin

"Robert Osborne’s knowledge and love of movies is extraordinary! 85 Years of the Oscar is a must read for everyone who loves movies. Who doesn’t love movies and who doesn’t love Robert Osborne?"
—Eva Marie Saint

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I purchased this book as a gift for my wife.
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One down side to the book is it is very large and heavy so make sure you have a good book prop to balance it on.
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I recommend this Oscar reference for all movie fans.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Flack on November 18, 2013
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Yes, Osborne's book is expensive, but I buy it every five years when a new edition is published. And, the Amazon.com price is a REAL BARGAIN. No other book even comes remotely close to the authenticity of this exceptionally thorough volume. I have noticed that other books about the Academy Awards either contain outright false information or skip significant categories, nominees, and winners. Osborne includes every conceivable fact about the entire 85 years of the Oscars. The side bar commentaries from winners are fascinating and insightful. The vintage photographs and movie posters are likewise bonus features. This brand new edition is a treasure for people who love great films and are cinema history fans.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Fan of The Avengers The Saint The Champions on November 15, 2013
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This has been a great series; the only reason I give the latest edition four stars instead of five is that they have gone back and changed many of the photos that accompany each year's awards, and for the first time they have left out many of the acting award winners. Most recently, both Mo'Nique and Christoph Waltz were not pictured for the year they both won. As unhappy as I am with that, I won't downgrade the rating too much - it's still a book any Oscar hound will have to have.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By LA Sandy on December 5, 2013
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I've been collecting these books for many years. It's a must-have for Academy Awards fans. I love that there are more color photos in this new edition. I like that they used photos representing other categories besides just the acting winners, and added more behind-the-scenes shots - it seems like a more thoughtful approach than some of the earlier editions. It's jam-packed with information and very heavy; must weigh at least 5 or 6 lbs. Kind of an "old school" book for sure but a nice collector's item nonetheless. The very best part, in my opinion, is the dozens of anecdotes from winners sprinkled throughout the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Lonergan on December 29, 2013
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Book was a wonderful history of the Oscars.Stories and pictures were wonderful for movie lovers. It was more than I expected.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marsha W. on February 2, 2014
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Loved all the photos and books layout .
Would've liked a more detail on each oscar winner and movie. It's a nice book anyway . Not meant to be much more than a coffee table book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By james m flanagan on January 30, 2014
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If you love movies and hollywood history there is no better book then this. Robert Osborne gives insights to the oscars that no othere person can. If you love movies this is a must!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Obxboy on February 14, 2014
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The official history of the Oscars is one of my favorite books. When I was a young teen, I would use very hot summer days or very cold winter afternoons to trudge to the library and settle in the reference section where I would read the weekly copies of Variety and, eventually...always...find the copy of 40 Years of Oscar. I would study it and study it. Later, those hot and cold days would result in me becoming the trivia expert at Oscar night parties! Robert Osborne's new book is a worthy successor to the previous volumes. I keep it at hand in my TV room. It's a BIG book, no doubt. If you are a fan of film and the Oscars it's a must have.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jim Tarleton on January 25, 2014
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I get Osborne's updated version of this book every 5 years. It is the greatest and most informative book on the Oscars that you will ever find. A treasure and a must have for any film buff.
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