472 pages, 12 × 9 × 0.98 in
November 12, 2013
Abbeville Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0789211424
ISBN - 13: 9780789211422
Read from the Book
Excerpt from 85 Years of the Oscar1939The Twelfth YearFrom start (with the January release of Gunga Din) to finish (with the December unveiling of The Light That Failed), the calendar year of 1939 produced probably more bona fide great entertainments and classics than any similar period in moviemaking annals. At Academy Award time, the competition was unintentionally outlandish, but eight of the features survived to win Oscars: Gone With the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, Stagecoach, Wuthering Heights, The Rains Came, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, When Tomorrow Comes, and Goodbye, Mr. Chips.Gone With the Wind, in fact, set a new Oscar numbers record, with eight awards, plus the Irving G. Thalberg award for its producer David O. Selznick. Winning writer Sidney Howard, credited with sole authorship of the final G.W.T.W. script, became the Academy's first posthumous winner. He had died in a Massachusetts farm accident in August, 1939, while the film was still in production. Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., the first president of the Academy, was also posthumously awarded at the 1939 award ceremony, held February 29, 1940, at the Cocoanut Grove of the Los Angeles Ambassador Hotel; Fairbanks had died two months before, and his special award was accepted by his son, Douglas, Jr.For the first time, Bob Hope was an Oscar night master of ceremonies (What a wonderful thing, this benefit for David Selznick,” he kidded). It was the last year the names of winners were told to the press prior to the actu
Table of Contents
Table Of Contents: 85 Years of the Oscar
19271937 The First Decade
19381947 The Second Decade
19481957 The Third Decade
19581967 The Fourth Decade
19681977 The Fifth Decade
19781987 The Sixth Decade
19881997 The Seventh Decade
19982007 The Eighth Decade
20082012 The First Half of the Ninth Decade
Academy Facts and Records
From the Publisher
A deluxe, year–by–year chronicle of the Academy Awards, with an entertaining text, hundreds of star–studded photographs, and complete lists of the nominees and winners.
85 Years of the Oscar, newly revised and expanded, is the official history of the Academy Awards. Following an introductory chapter on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the birth of the Oscars, the book presents the story of each year's awards, beginning with the very first, for the years 1927–28. Author Robert Osborne surveys the movies in competition, recounts the speculation on various winners, and describes events during the awards ceremony. He also provides a complete listing of the all the nominees and winners in every category.
Each year is illustrated with evocative stills from winning films and candid shots from the awards ceremony. Altogether, the book features more than 750 rare photographs, including original movie posters for every best picture. Drawing on Osborne's profound knowledge of film, the Academy's exceptional archives, and the personal reminiscences of stars from Katharine Hepburn to Clint Eastwood, 85 Years of the Oscar is unrivaled in illustration, accuracy, and completeness.
About the Author
Robert Osborne is host of Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and serves as the official host for the TCM Classic Film Festival and the TCM Classic Cruise. For over 25 years, Osborne served as a reporter and columnist for The Hollywood Reporter, one of the industry’s most important newspapers. He has written a dozen books on the film world, many of them focused on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and has frequently served as host of the Academy’s in-person tributes, in both Beverly Hills and New York. Osborne earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2006 and in 2008, received a special award from the National Board of Review for his contributions as a film historian.
"[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 PressGood Morning America Anchors' Favorite Coffee Table Books of 2013: Lara Spencer's PickSelected for Oprah's 2013 holiday gift guideSelected for Entertainment Weekly's 2013 holiday gift guide"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 histor