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Academy Awards: The Complete Unofficial History--Revised and Updated

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  54 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
THE definitive guide to the Academy Awards, from the very first ceremony to this year's 80th anniversary spectacular, includes EVERY nominee and winner in EVERY category—and has been fully updated to include the most recent winners and losers, unforgettable photographs, and highlights.

Written by film experts who are sought out every year for their insider knowledge of mov
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published January 10th 2003 by Black Dog & Leventhal
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Amy
Sep 07, 2015 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a must-have on any film-lover's bookshelf. This is a comprehensive guide for all of the winners throughout the Academy Awards' history. Having finished my blog a couple of years ago, (publishing my commentary on each Best Picture winner), I thoroughly enjoyed reading more details about each award ceremony and the who's who of Hollywood.
TrumanCoyote
Nov 03, 2015 TrumanCoyote rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh sure, there's the occasional oddball assertion (believing that Mommie Dearest was actually good, for example...when in fact Faye Dunaway was so scarily awful in that one that she would've frightened Joan Crawford herself). Not to mention them ragging on Valley of the Dolls and the Poseidon Adventure. But a very high percentage of the time the snarky one-liner approach suits the "unofficial" mood perfectly, and this tome is chock-full o' facts (as well as intriguing asides and what-ifs). Btw I ...more
Yves
Dec 01, 2013 Yves rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: movies
Unofficial and by far the most enjoyable Academy Award book to actually read. Organized by YEAR, with the winners and losers, the real treat is the sidebar to the page, which details the "Firsts" (singular records or new innovations, longest speech, etc), "Sins of Omission" (basically snubs or good actors/actresses or films snubbed or ignored), "Unmentionables" (Scandals), "Role Reversals" (casting news, for example the fact that instead of Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca ... or ...more
Bruce Rego
Mar 10, 2012 Bruce Rego rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So many errors and omissions in a historical account of 'facts' that i simply cannot recommend it to anyone. Ex: 1 - 'They shoot Horses, Don't They?' ('69) is the film garnering the most nominations - 9 - w/o a Best Picture nod not 'Dreamgirls' ('06) with 8 nods.; 2 - Charlie Chaplin's only competative Oscar win was for his 1952 'Limelight' winning the award in 1972 because the film 'had not been shown in an L.A theater until then!' (Maltin's Movie Guide). How can any book 'official' or 'unoffic ...more
Douglas Koehne
This is a very nice year-by-year summary of the Academy Awards and the movies and movie stars who made an impact in each particular year. It can be used as a reference book to look up a particular year's winners or nominees, or can be read through from start to finish with enjoyment. Small bio's of each winning actor/actress are provided, a summary of the winning movie, and a yearly overview detailing highlights of the awards show. It would have been nice to have some lists at the end or some ov ...more
Tahnee
Jan 10, 2016 Tahnee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
Interesting but could do with some fact checking
Erin
Yes, I have really been reading this book for more than a year! But I lost it for about nine months, and it's really more like a reference book that I read like a novel, because I'm that big an Oscar nerd. Anyway, full of lists, but I liked it!
Elizabeth Wylder
As an Oscar buff, I ate this big book up, but the frequent inaccuracies and random typos really detracted from what could've otherwise been a great, great book. It did lead me to a nice little Oscar clip session on YouTube, though.
Eric
Jun 19, 2015 Eric rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
A great look at each Oscar night, not only an encyclopedia on each year but also includes all the behind-the-scenes drama and great little tidbits that an "Official" Academy Awards book probably wouldn't want you to know.
Marylu Sanok
Jan 09, 2012 Marylu Sanok rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
An encyclopedia of stats with winners and some interesting stories on the sidelines. The odd facts of overlooked movies and/or stars who should have been nominated and won.

This was a research book
Ryan
Aug 30, 2011 Ryan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
According to this book, Jack Nicholson was nominated for an Oscar for Batman. False.
Stephanie
Feb 28, 2008 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots of information in this book! It was the perfect read for Oscar week.
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