A Year in Books/Day 57: Inside Oscar

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  • Title: Inside Oscar The Unofficial History of the Academy Awards 10th Anniversary Edition
  • Authors: Mason Wiley and Damien Bona
  • Year Published: 1986/This Edition: 1996 (Ballantine Books)
  • Year Purchased: 1996/1997
  • Source: Birthday gift
  • About: Everything that you could ever want to know about Hollywood’s most important event in one ridiculously long volume (nearly 1200 pages). It includes data up to 1994. It’s a reminder that the Oscar telecast is a gaudy, self-congratulatory but mostly entertaining display of vanity gone wild.
  • Motivation: You’re going to get sick of me telling you that I am a film buff and write about old movies. However, I am and I do! This is just one of many handy reference books in my library.
  • Times Read: Cover-to-cover: 1/As reference tool: Countless
  • Random Excerpt/Page 50: “Louella Parsons was upset at what she considered Hepburn’s indifference to the honor. “Katy was not very gracious,” Louella wrote in her column. “She didn’t send a telegram of appreciation when unable to attend. Someone at RKO realized this and sent one.” There was mail waiting for Best Director loser Frank Capra when he returned home-his relatives from Sicily had sent letters of congratulation, mistaking his nomination for a victory.”
  • Happiness Scale: 10