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80 Years of the Oscar: The Official History of the Academy Awards Hardcover – November 25, 2008
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Robert Osborne is a columnist and critic for The Hollywood Reporter, one of Hollywood's most important daily newspapers, and primetime host and anchor on the Turner Classic Movies cable television network. He has written a dozen books on the film world, many of them focused on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He is also a frequent host of the Academy's in-person tributes, both in Beverly Hills and New York.
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Drama, comedy, mystery, romance and westerns, it's all here. 439 pages including a thorough index.
The best thing about the book is that every nominee in every category for every year is listed. The winners are clearly marked. The book is easy to use and has an exhaustive index. This is the epitome of Oscar guides.
For years, I have been relying on The 1999 Academy Awards Handbook (Academy Awards Handbook), a compact paperback compendium of Oscar nominations and winners, to quickly locate who won Best Actor in 1955 (Ernest Borgnine for "Marty") or which movie Meryl Streep won her first Oscar for ("Kramer vs. Kramer"). It's a handy little book -- easy to use and cheap. The drawback to the book is that it only lists the complete nominees for the "Top Six" categories for each year (Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Movie and Director). The rest of the categories list the winners only. Also, I had been keeping the book up-to-date by adding my own lists every year.
I was so ready for a new reference guide. And here it is.
The whipped cream and cherries on top are the wonderful photographs throughout the book of exciting Oscar moments and important Hollywood figures. I especially love that the original theatrical poster for the Best Picture winner from each year is displayed in full color. The book also has fascinating quotations from the text of particularly memorable acceptance speeches. In addition, the book has a chapter at the end which lists the date and time, venue, and host for every Academy Awards ceremony, as well as an intriguing list of Academy Award records and oddities which have occurred in Oscar's first 80 years.
The book is beautifully crafted and made to last. It should withstand years of page-turning, book-marking and buttered popcorn stains. It is printed on heavy, shiny paper stock and covered in a gorgeous red and black dust jacket with the gold Oscar statue depicted. It's a book to be proudly displayed on the coffee table, or placed near your television set so that you can refer to it often.
I have only had it a few days, and already I have used it to browse through for pleasure, and to look up statistics on several movies which I was watching. Bravo, Mr. Osbourne! You have done movie fans everywhere a wonderful service with the release of this stellar reference book.
I give this volume my highest recommendation. If you love movies, you HAVE to own this book. If you are trying to come up with the ultimate gift for the movie lover, this is it.
If you love movies and how they are made, then this is the book for you.
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