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85 Years of the Oscar: The Official History of the Academy Awards (Hardcover) Book

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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 192728. 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.


  • Author: Robert Osborne
  • Publisher: Abbeville Press
  • ISBN: 9780789211422
Additional Details
Production Year
November 12, 2013
Technical Specs
  • Dimensions: 12.00 H x 9.00 W inches
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Number of Pages: 464 Pages
  • Version: Pop Culture
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20 Reviews
4.7

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4.7

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Pros

  • Informative (17)
  • Deserves multiple readings (15)
  • Easy to read (15)
  • Well written (14)
  • Page-turner (9)

Cons

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  • Reference (16)
  • Gift (11)
  • Older readers (7)
  • Younger readers (3)
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4.0

I would by this again.

By Kathy the reader.

from Gillette, Wyoming

About Me Bookworm

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Pros

  • Easy To Read

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Reference

    Comments about this product:

    This is a great reference guide. I am a movie buff and I enjoyed it a lot.

     
    5.0

    Great Coffee Table Book

    By Gary

    from Houston, Texas

    About Me Casual Reader

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Deserves Multiple Readings
    • Informative
    • Page-Turner
    • Well Written

    Cons

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        Comments about this product:

        Great history and photo's.

         
        5.0

        A 'MUST HAVE' FOR OSCAR ENTHUSIASTS

        By MOM F BOOK LOVER

        from SALT LAKE CITY, UT

        About Me Everyday Reader

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        Pros

        • Deserves Multiple Readings
        • Easy To Find Specifics
        • Easy To Read
        • Informative
        • Well Written

        Cons

        • A Large Book-very Heavy
        • Quite Expensive

        Best Uses

        • Gift
        • Great Pictures Included
        • Older Readers
        • Reference
        • Younger Readers

        Comments about this product:

        I knew this book would be very complete, have good reference information, and plenty of pictures because Robert Osborne gathered the information and laid it out in an easy-to-read reference book.

         
        4.0

        Good Reading

        By ME

        from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        About Me Rarely Read

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Deserves Multiple Readings
        • Easy To Read
        • Page-Turner

        Cons

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          • Gift
          • Older Readers
          • Reference

          Comments about this product:

          Disapointed i shipping method. Corners were bent!

           
          5.0

          A Treasure.

          By JOHN

          from BALTIMORE

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          Pros

          • Deserves Multiple Readings
          • Easy To Read
          • Informative
          • Page-Turner

          Cons

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            • Reference

            Comments about this product:

            Indispensable compendium of the Academy Awards. Highly insightful commentary.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Fantastic History. A must for Movie buff

            By RoxyRoy

            from Greater Toronto Area, Ontario, Canada

            About Me Everyday Reader

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            Pros

            • Deserves Multiple Readings
            • Easy To Read
            • Engaging characters
            • For History Movie Buffs
            • Informative
            • Page-Turner
            • Well Written

            Cons

            • Can't Think Of Negatives

            Best Uses

            • Gift
            • History
            • Older Readers
            • Reference
            • Younger Readers

            Comments about this product:

            I am both a history buff and a fan of older movies as well as newer ones. Often like to check historical accuracy when watching movies, fact or fiction, that are based on the past. This book is a great reference and history book that I find myself using when watching old movies.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A movie lovers bible.

            By Lynne

            from Heber City, UT

            About Me Bookworm

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            Pros

            • Deserves Multiple Readings
            • Easy To Read
            • Engaging characters
            • Informative
            • Page-Turner
            • Well Written

            Cons

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              • Pure entertainment
              • Reference

              Comments about this product:

              This is a beautiful book that has been well written by one of Hollywood's foremost historical authorities. It has all the data to read about the Oscars© and wonderful pictures to go along with the story. I am thrilled to have received mine. I haven't been able to put it down. Thank you Mr. Osborne for making this happen for us movie buffs.

               
              5.0

              Excellent

              By baf

              from Sewanee TN

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              Pros

              • Deserves Multiple Readings
              • Informative
              • Well Written

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Gift
                • Older Readers

                Comments about this product:

                Excellent read, great reference.

                 
                4.0

                Complete data

                By Barb

                from San Diego. Ca.

                About Me Everyday Reader

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                Pros

                • Informative
                • Well Written

                Cons

                • Needed More Color Picture

                Best Uses

                • Reference

                Comments about this product:

                Enjoyment and reference

                 
                5.0

                A sweeping history of the oscars

                By Mark the musician

                from Auburn, New York

                About Me Everyday Reader

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                Pros

                • Deserves Multiple Readings
                • Easy To Read
                • Informative
                • Who Did What And With Who

                Cons

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                    Comments about this product:

                    I'm an actor. In some small way I'm also part of Hollywood's glorious history.
                    I love reading such information that can't be found anywhere else. This volume brings me current - I have Osborne's" Fifty Golden Years of Oscar" and
                    "70 Years of Oscar"

                     
                    5.0

                    Very satisfied

                    By Lee

                    from Estes Park, Colorado

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                    Pros

                    • Easy To Read
                    • Informative
                    • Well Written

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Gift
                      • Older Readers
                      • Reference
                      • Special Needs

                      Comments about this product:

                      For reference

                       
                      5.0

                      A wonderful reference book to the Oscars

                      By The Sirk Project

                      from Porter Ranch, CA

                      About Me Everyday Reader

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Read
                      • Informative
                      • Well Written

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Gift
                        • Reference

                        Comments about this product:

                        After watching many TCM movies at a time close to the 2014 Academy Awards, this book has been invaluable for looking up winners for the past 85 years.

                         
                        5.0

                        Invaluable especially for movie lovers!

                        By Lizzy

                        from CT

                        About Me Everyday Reader

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                        Pros

                        • Deserves Multiple Readings
                        • Easy To Read
                        • Engaging characters
                        • Informative
                        • Page-Turner
                        • Well Written

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Enjoyment
                          • Reference

                          Comments about this product:

                          Engaging and informative.

                           
                          5.0

                          Can't wait for the 100 year edition

                          By Linda

                          from Woodmere, New York

                          About Me Casual Reader

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                          Pros

                          • Deserves Multiple Readings
                          • Easy To Read
                          • Informative
                          • Well Written

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Gift
                            • Reference

                            Comments about this product:

                            I have the 25 year edition, the 50 year edition, and now the 75 year edition, which my husband and I are enjoying especially now with the 2015 ceremony so near. I look forward to buying the 100 year DELUXE EDITION. Brave to Robert Osbourne on a job well done. This is also our go to book whenever we get embroiled in a discussion of "The Oscars"

                             
                            5.0

                            I love it being using it since received

                            By BoBo

                            from Denver, Colorado

                            About Me Casual Reader

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Deserves Multiple Readings
                            • Easy To Read
                            • Engaging characters
                            • Informative
                            • Page-Turner
                            • Well Written

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Gift
                              • Older Readers
                              • Reference

                              Comments about this product:

                              On my coffee table Im a movie nut this book helps be find names of the actors and dates of thier movies use this book daily and my friends love it the book is so beautifull great job thank you mr. Osborne

                               
                              4.0

                              Enhance Your Movie Conversations

                              By gilleknowsbest

                              from Green Bay, WI.

                              About Me Everyday Reader

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                              Pros

                              • Deserves Multiple Readings
                              • Informative
                              • Page-Turner
                              • Unusually Sturdy Pages
                              • Well Written

                              Cons

                              • Smallest Print Too Small

                              Best Uses

                              • Gift
                              • Reference
                              • Stress reliever

                              Comments about this product:

                              It's a quality produced book in that it is heavy with sturdy pages that will hold up to many 'turnings' without weakened corners and edges.

                              There is a comprehensive index at the back for ease in referencing anything and anyone mentioned quickly.

                              It enhances watching films when one is familiar with bits of trivia about that film and the performers.

                              I only wish the smallest print on the page were a fraction bigger. Then, I would make this a 5-star rating.

                              It's a great gift for another person who enjoys movies as much as I do.

                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              What a book!!

                              By Jude

                              from Skokie, Illinois

                              About Me Bookworm

                              Pros

                              • Deserves Multiple Readings
                              • Informative

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Gift
                                • Older Readers
                                • Reference
                                • Younger Readers

                                Comments about this product:

                                85 Years of the Oscar is THE BEST movie book I've ever read. I love movies, especially older ones from the 30's and 40's. Robert Osborne gives details about them that I'd never know because I didn't live then. But he puts me there - like I was at every Oscar Award show - with information about the winners, losers, and tidbits about the stars too. I would highly recommend this book to any avid movie fan. And to those who aren't, you soon will be! I would so love to have coffee with Robeert Osborne and talk movies ....I'll treat!

                                 
                                4.0

                                good book

                                By crystal the cat

                                from santa monica ca

                                About Me Casual Reader

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                                Pros

                                • Easy To Read

                                Cons

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                                    Comments about this product:

                                    good read enjoyed the pictures

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    85 years

                                    By jim JIM

                                    from austin texas

                                    About Me Bookworm

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Deserves Multiple Readings
                                    • Easy To Read
                                    • Engaging characters
                                    • Informative
                                    • Page-Turner
                                    • Well Written

                                    Cons

                                    • A Bit Slow
                                    • Difficult To Follow
                                    • Disappointing
                                    • Not What I Expected

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Reference

                                    Comments about this product:

                                    buy for presents

                                    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    4.0

                                    Learning about what I've watched

                                    By Duke

                                    from Clayton, NJ

                                    About Me Everyday Reader

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Deserves Multiple Readings
                                    • Easy To Read
                                    • Informative
                                    • Well Written

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Gift
                                      • Reference

                                      Comments about this product:

                                      Great reference material; new information about specific movies/actors/awards for each year; can open to any portion of this book to begin reading.

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