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80 Years of the Oscar: The Official History of the Academy Awards Hardcover – November 25, 2008
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This book is full of little insights such as these, and it is a fun book that gives hours of entertainment for film history buffs. I bought my first copy of this history by Mr. Osborne back in 1987 when he was then detailing the 60 years of the Oscar, and I enjoyed it so much I have been updating my copy every time he releases a new edition. Highly recommended.
Each chapter has a complete listing of all the categories, the nominees and an asterik near the winner and about 7 or 8 photos . The photos are accompanied by a plot summary and sometimes a trivia fact similar to the type Robert Osborne gives when introducing movies on the Turner Classic Movies channel.
Though it remains fairly entertaining, when considering the book's price, the author's vast film knowledge and the self-proclamation as "The Official History...", I expected more. The full list of categories and nominees is available on several websites for free, so I was hoping the book would offer more.
The trivia is a mixed bag and never controversial. It's usually superficial, such as it was an actresses fifth nomination or a film wasn't expected to be a hit. None gave the feeling that you were getting an insider's view of Hollywood. However, quotes from the actors on how they felt winning the oscar help capture some of the excitement of oscar night.
The photos are clearly secondary to the category listings. They are mostly black and white, even for color films and many are crammed into the margins of the text. There does not seem to be any attempt to arrange them in a way that would generate excitement or more than passing interest. Predictably, there are many movies stills and pictures of the actors holding their oscar. There are no full page, color photos.Read more ›
Drama, comedy, mystery, romance and westerns, it's all here. 439 pages including a thorough index.
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I've been watching Oscar telecasts since I was a child. This particular book captures all the fascinating, witty and unexpected incidents of the Oscar broadcasts.Published 23 months ago by Audrey Moss
Wonderful. The book is as described perfectly, was a gift and he loves it. Thank you Mr Osborne! Thank youPublished on March 17, 2014 by donna
If you expect to read amazing stories or radical opinions about the Oscar, you will be disappointed; it's the official story, which means that It could be better described as a... Read morePublished on January 20, 2014 by Georgia Karkani
I bought this for research and reference for our camp theme..The Academy Awards. It is a beautiful book, easy to find items and chocked full of great tidbits and photos.Published on June 5, 2013 by Cat
This was a gift and it was a perfect fit. The book is well put together and the images are really good.Published on February 6, 2013 by JAMES
a very nice review of movie academy award winners I would recommend this for any movie have who want a good referance sourcePublished on December 29, 2012 by Dan Piennette
exellent book! i couldn't get it here in Argentina, and now i got it!
its a very good book, and got here on time!
I had bought Mr Osborne's book with this title, when it was the 50 years of Oscar and loved it then, so when this came out i figure enough time had passed to add a few more movies... Read morePublished on June 27, 2011 by Ben Harper