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Oscar wars: a history of Hollywood in gold, sweat, and tears  Cover Image Book Book

Oscar wars: a history of Hollywood in gold, sweat, and tears / Michael Schulman.

Schulman, Michael, (author.).

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  • ISBN: 9780062859013
  • ISBN: 0062859013
  • ISBN: 9780063297715
  • ISBN: 006329771X
  • Physical Description: xvi, 589 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2023]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 501-559) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction: A little too scared to hope -- You ain't heard nothin' yet, 1927-29 : the Academy's turbulent birth -- Rebels, 1933-39 : Frank Capra and the attack of the guilds -- War! 1942 : the plot against Citizen Kane -- The greatest star, 1951 : all about an extraordinary Best Actress race -- Who is Robert Rich? 1947-60 : three screenwriters and the Hollywood blacklist -- X, 1970 : the counterculture takes the Oscars -- Running the asylum, 1976 : the Oscars fly over the cuckoo's nest -- Fiasco, 1989 : Allan Carr and the "worst Oscars ever" -- The Harveys, 1999 : Shakespeare in Love vs. Saving Private Ryan -- Tokens, 1940, 1964, 2002 : Hattie McDaniel, Sidney Poitier, and Halle Berry make history -- The envelope, 2017 : #OscarsSoWhite and a chaotic night -- Afterword: Gettin' jiggy wit it.
Summary, etc.:
"The author of the New York Times bestseller Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep returns with a lively history of the Academy Awards, chronicling the brutal battles, the starry rivalries, and the colorful behind-the-scenes drama"-- Dust jacket flap.
"America does not have royalty. It has the Academy Awards. For nine decades, perfectly coiffed starlets, debonair leading men, and producers with gold in their eyes have chased the elusive Oscar. What began as an industry banquet in 1929 has now exploded into a hallowed ceremony, complete with red carpets, envelopes, and little gold men. But don’t be fooled by the pomp: the Oscars, more than anything, are a battlefield, where the history of Hollywood--and of America itself--unfolds in dramas large and small. The road to the Oscars may be golden, but it’s paved in blood, sweat, and broken hearts. In Oscar Wars, Michael Schulman chronicles the remarkable, sprawling history of the Academy Awards and the personal dramas--some iconic, others never-before-revealed--that have played out on the stage and off camera. Unlike other books on the subject, each chapter takes a deep dive into a particular year, conflict, or even category that tells a larger story of cultural change, from Louis B. Mayer to Moonlight. Schulman examines how the red carpet runs through contested turf, and the victors aren't always as clear as the names drawn from envelopes. Caught in the crossfire are people: their thwarted ambitions, their artistic epiphanies, their messy collaborations, their dreams fulfilled or dashed. Featuring a star-studded cast of some of the most powerful Hollywood players of today and yesterday, as well as outsiders who stormed the palace gates, this captivating history is a collection of revelatory tales, each representing a turning point for the Academy, for the movies, or for the culture at large"--Dust jacket flap.
Subject: Academy Awards (Motion pictures) > History.
Motion picture industry > California > Los Angeles > History.

Available copies

  • 6 of 12 copies available at Bibliomation. (Show)
  • 0 of 1 copy available at Milford Public Library.


  • 4 current holds with 12 total copies.
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Milford Public Library 791.43 S (Text) 34013155184115 Adult New Nonfiction On holds shelf -

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