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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Abbeville Press (3 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789211424
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789211422
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 24.1 x 31.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[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 Press Good Morning America Anchors' Favorite Coffee Table Books of 2013: Lara Spencer's Pick Selected for Oprah's 2013 holiday gift guide Selected 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 history--or chronicles it with greater enthusiasm--than the one and only Robert Osborne. I look forward to each new edition of this handsome and valuable book." --Leonard Maltin "Robert Osborne's knowledge and love of movies is extraordinary! 85 Years of the Oscar is a must read for everyone who loves movies. Who doesn't love movies and who doesn't love Robert Osborne?" --Eva Marie Saint

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.

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A very informative book with lots of stunning pictures/photographs for the readers, but I was a bit disappointed that the book did not go into my details about the oscars race each year (ie surprise win/front runner) The book is also a bit too large to carry. But all in all, the book is one for oscars geek.
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HASH(0x8f935f60) out of 5 stars Simply the BEST book anywhere about the Academy Awards 18 Nov. 2013
By Jerry Flack - Published on Amazon.com
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Yes, Osborne's book is expensive, but I buy it every five years when a new edition is published. And, the Amazon.com price is a REAL BARGAIN. No other book even comes remotely close to the authenticity of this exceptionally thorough volume. I have noticed that other books about the Academy Awards either contain outright false information or skip significant categories, nominees, and winners. Osborne includes every conceivable fact about the entire 85 years of the Oscars. The side bar commentaries from winners are fascinating and insightful. The vintage photographs and movie posters are likewise bonus features. This brand new edition is a treasure for people who love great films and are cinema history fans.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x920e027c) out of 5 stars Love this new edition - a must-have for Oscar fans 5 Dec. 2013
By LA Sandy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I've been collecting these books for many years. It's a must-have for Academy Awards fans. I love that there are more color photos in this new edition. I like that they used photos representing other categories besides just the acting winners, and added more behind-the-scenes shots - it seems like a more thoughtful approach than some of the earlier editions. It's jam-packed with information and very heavy; must weigh at least 5 or 6 lbs. Kind of an "old school" book for sure but a nice collector's item nonetheless. The very best part, in my opinion, is the dozens of anecdotes from winners sprinkled throughout the book.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9029df54) out of 5 stars Great series; unfortunate format change in this edition 15 Nov. 2013
By Fan of The Avengers The Saint The Champions - Published on Amazon.com
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This has been a great series; the only reason I give the latest edition four stars instead of five is that they have gone back and changed many of the photos that accompany each year's awards, and for the first time they have left out many of the acting award winners. Most recently, both Mo'Nique and Christoph Waltz were not pictured for the year they both won. As unhappy as I am with that, I won't downgrade the rating too much - it's still a book any Oscar hound will have to have.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8fb5d64c) out of 5 stars Everything I Expected 29 Dec. 2013
By John Lonergan - Published on Amazon.com
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Book was a wonderful history of the Oscars.Stories and pictures were wonderful for movie lovers. It was more than I expected.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9029c414) out of 5 stars Great for movie lovers 31 Jan. 2014
By james m flanagan - Published on Amazon.com
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If you love movies and hollywood history there is no better book then this. Robert Osborne gives insights to the oscars that no othere person can. If you love movies this is a must!!
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