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Movie Awards: The Ultimate, Unofficial Guide to the Oscars, Golden Globes, Critics, Guild, & Indie Honors, Revised and Updated Edition Paperback – December 2, 2003
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From Publishers Weekly
Every movie buff knows that it's not just the blockbusters that take home the awards; often the films that get the least hype garner the prizes. But what's the inside track to winning an award, and what do they all mean? In Movie Awards: The Ultimate, Unofficial Guide to the Oscars, Golden Globes, Critics, Guild & Indie Honors, Hollywood expert Tom O'Neil (author of Variety's The Emmys and The Grammys) leads film aficionados through every annual awards race since the silver screen's earliest days, in which directors, producers, technicians and, of course, stars try to win as many trophies as they can before reaching the finish line at the Oscars.
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From Library Journal
This directory of film awards from 1927 to 1999 offers full coverage of the Academy Awards as well as the prizes given out by the Golden Globes, Directors Guild, Writers Guild, Screen Actors Guild, Producers Guild, National Society of Film Critics, New York Film Critics Circle, Los Angeles Film Critics Association, Broadcast Film Critics Association, National Board of Review, Independent Spirits, and the Sundance Film Festival. Chronologically arranged, each entry includes a critical commentary of the awards' procedures and voting, lists of nominees and winners, behind-the-scenes happenings, announcement dates and places, and one or two small black-and-white pictures. Movie Awards concludes with a two-page commentary on each of the above groups, a chronological list of best pictures (great for quick comparisons), "kudos counts" (most awards, most nominations, trivia), nonwinners, journalists' awards, voters, and a title and name index. O'Neil writes in the breezy Variety style, which makes for good browsing, but he always zeroes in on the significant factoids and quotes. Numerous excellent books chronicle the Oscars (Robert Osborne's 70 Years of the Oscar, Abbeville, 1999) or cite awards (Peter Mowrey's Award-Winning Films, McFarland, 1993), but none combines pure pleasure and fact so well, at such a good price. Essential for all libraries. Anthony J. Adam, Prairie View A&M Univ. Lib., TX
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Top customer reviews
Trivia and solid information alike abounds. This reviewer was shocked-shocked!-to read that "The Searchers" was nominated for NO awards in 1956. The pages devoted to 1969 make no mention of the Hollywood aphorism that John Wayne received that year's Best Actor Oscar (for "True Grit") to make up for being bypassed in 1956. The entire cast and Director of "The Searchers" was ignored! I also learned that Clark Gable did not win the Oscar for "Gone With the Wind" and that Tex Ritter's theme to "High Noon" won an Oscar in 1952. I still believe that is the best of the themes because it was an integral part of the actual movie. A trivia section informs us that Walter Brennan won the most Academy Awards for an actor (though not for "My Darling Clementine") and William Friedkin was the youngest Director to an Oscar. For which movie? Buy the book and check page 767. The very fact that there IS a page 767 indicates that this work cannot be devoured at one or two sittings. This is a thick handbook to be appreciated over a span of time as we watch those old classics one by one. Maybe when I read the section on 1949, I will learn why "The Third Man' got 0 Oscar nominations and why the entire cast of "A Letter to 3 Wives" went similarly empty handed. I can't wait.
"For the film buff, this year-by-year rundown on the Oscars, the Golden Globes and other awards is a dilly. And dishy, too!" -- PEOPLE MAGAZINE
"Its a vertiable feast for the trivia junkie. Not only does O'Neil list the awards chronologically, from 1927 to 1999, but he also introduces each year with behind-the-scenes, blow-by-blow info culled from the archives of Variety, New York Times and a number of other sources. There's even trivia about each of the awards. While it's undeniably a fantastic reference, it's also a pretty darn good and frequently amusing read. It's a one-stop awards info shop and deserves a place on the bookshelf." -- DIRECTORS GUILD OF AMERICA MAGAZINE
"Numerous excellent books chronicle the Oscars or cite awards, but none combines pure pleasure and fact so well, at such a good price. Essential for all libraries." -- LIBRARY JOURNAL