The year 2003 marks the 75th anniversary of the Academy Awards - arguably the most anticipated spectacle in the world, with over one billion viewers. This book includes statistics, winners (and losers), and anecdotes that have provided a lifetime of memories. Former senior film critic for "Variety", Emanuel Levy includes many new chapters and features: is Oscar a white man's award?; The best foreign language films; the importance of being eccentric; and disabilities and Oscar. New tables include "Oscar Comeback Kids"; "Glaring Omissions"; "All 432 Nominated Films by Running Time"; "All 432 Nominated Films by Date of Release"; and "Worst Pictures and Performances Ever Nominated". This book is neither authorized nor endorsed by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Table of Contents
The Greatest Show on Earth; The History of the Oscar Award; The Oscar - King of the Showbiz Awards?; Hunks, Leading Ladies, and Second Bananas - The Nomination; The Luck of the British; Winning the Oscar; Is the Oscar a White Man's Award?; The Oscar-Winners - Niopictures and Problem Dramas; The Oscar-Winners - The Masculine Genres: Historical Epics, War Film, and Westerns; The Oscar-Winners - Comedies and Musicals; The Oscar and the Foreign-Language Picture; Boys Will Be Boys and Girls Will Be Girls - The Oscar-Winning Roles; The Importance of Being Eccentric; The Oscar as a Popularity Contest; From Total Embracement to Outright Rejection - The Various Meanings of the Oscar Award; I Would Like to Thank...The Acceptance Speeches; The Oscars' Huge Impact; Oscaritis - The Oscars' Negative Effects; Can the Oscar Be Bought; Strange Bedfellows? The Oscar and Politics; Noble and Heroic - Oscar's Middlebrow Sensibility; Conclusion - The Oscar, Hollywood, and American Culture; Awards in Six Categories by Year; Best Picture Winners and Nominees by Genre; The Oscar-Winners by Nominations, Awards, and Appeal; The Most Nominated Films; The Ten Highest Grossing Oscar Winners; Best Picture Winners by Year and Date of Release; Best Picture Winners by Year and Running Time; Best Foreign-Language Winners by Year and Country.