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review 2016-04-11 20:54
The Complete, Unofficial History of the Academy Awards
The Academy Awards: The Complete Unofficial History - Jim Piazza

The Academy Awards invites us to share in the celebration of 86 years of best actors, actresses, directors, cinematographers, costume designers, and more, plus the greatest films in movie-making history. All of the winners and the losers of Hollywood's prestigious award ceremony are covered here in detail, together with all of the glamour and gossip that is the Oscars®.

Written by film experts Jim Piazza and Gail Kinn, who are sought out by the media every year for their insider knowledge of movies and Hollywood, The Academy Awards is both a handy reference and a detailed history of the annual event. Organized by year, beginning with the very first awards given in 1927, The Academy Awards presents in each chapter a complete and fun-to-read overview of the ceremony, including highlights of the most memorable moments (and outfits!) of the evening. Piazza and Kinn also provide details and little-known facts about award winners for best picture, best actor and actress, best supporting actor and actress, and honorary awards, plus a complete list of nominees in every category.

Packed with more than 500 photographs from the ceremonies and red carpet, as well as stills from the movies themselves, this unauthorized book delivers what fans want most: all the facts, enhanced by juicy commentary and pictures galore. [ synopsis from goodreads ]


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text 2016-02-28 16:41
88th Academy Awards tonight

Are you going to watch tonight's ceremony?

Take a look at this year's nominations.


I haven't seen the Revenant yet, but my money is on Leonardo for best Actor.

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text 2015-02-11 10:43
Six Books To Read Before Oscars Night
Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen - Jane Hawking
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail - Cheryl Strayed
Still Alice - Lisa Genova
Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn
Alan Turing: The Enigma: The Book That Inspired the Film "The Imitation Game" - Andrew Hodges,Andrew Hodges,Douglas R. Hofstadter
American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History - Chris Kyle,Scott McEwen,Jim DeFelice,John Pruden

Books are always better but I love comparing books and movies. How about you?


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text 2014-03-03 12:41
And the Oscar goes to ...

Book adaptations are popular and eagerly present in theaters and on the big screens, including those in Hollywood. Last year 11 movies based on or inspired by books were nominated to the Academy Awards. This year 13 movies based on literature received Oscar nominations. We know the winners! Let's see which books to grab before watching, and if you missed last year winners, we'll remind those too.


2014 Oscar winners



12 Years a Slave - Solomon Northup 


The Fish Place: Northup’s brief narrative of his years of slavery, a result of being sold even though he was born free, is compelling not so much for his writing style, but because he doesn’t hold back, at least not in the ways that one would think... read more


AmySea: I read this book last year, and it is without a doubt one of the best, most moving books I have ever read, and absolutely the best book that I have ever read about slavery in the United States.  I remember crying on the bus as I read parts of this book... read more



 The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald 


Lisa (Harmony): I think the biggest surprise about The Great Gatsby was what a pleasure it was to read; not what you expect of the "great" classics you are happy to not be required to read with your school days finished. It's fast paced, not long for a novel, with completely natural dialogue. The prose is gorgeous and memorable and leaves you with an indelible impression of the Jazz Age... read more


silverneurotic: Like many others, I read (or actually, reread) this novel in anticipation for the movie version that was released a month or so ago. Sadly I did not get an opportunity to see the movie but I was extremely glad for the opportunity to rediscover this novel... read more



The Snow Queen - Hans Christian Andersen 


Degrees of Affection...: This is an epic journey to save a loved one. It is full of magic, Faith, myth, friend, foe, and trust. It is the story of two children growing up but not growing apart. The tale is simple, yet beautiful and interesting to read... read more



 Have a glimpse into all 13 Oscar nominees which were based on reads in 2014:2014 oscars



And if you missed last year gala, we remind you 2013 winners: 


 Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History - Antonio Mendez, Matt Baglio


rameau's ramblings: I decided to write a comparative review right after I had finished reading the book, but then I saw the film and promptly lost the will to live. Hollywood did something right thirty years ago and then it ruined it. The book, however, kept me up reading late into the night... read more


Thewanderingjew: Mendez, a mild mannered and rather ordinary looking man, was a courageous and dedicated secret agent, not in the manner of James Bond, but in the manner of an operative who had to fade into the crowd so as not to be noticed, an operative dedicated and loyal to his country... read more



 Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln - Doris Kearns Goodwin 


Denise: This was a great biography of not only Abraham Lincoln but also of the men that made up his cabinet. Goodwin shows readers not only of the great accomplishments of Abraham Lincoln but also the men and events that helped shape his decisions. I really enjoyed reading this book; it was very informative without being too dry... read more


Book Thoughts: This is another one of my favorite history books. This book takes a look at Abraham Lincoln and his working and personal relationships with Edward Bates, William Seward, Salmon Chase, and Edwin Stanton. It follows each of their stories from childhood through the conclusion of the Civil War and assassination of the President. This book is extremely well written and flows as if it is a novel... read more



  The Silver Linings Playbook - Matthew Quick 


There's more to life than reading, but it's a good place to start 

Gotta say I loved it. For me, not an easy, fun and light hearted read as some reviewers have stated .... but an emotional and blackly comic journey as Pat searches for himself and the truth. Very touching... read more


CarrieJ: I liked how Pat view his life as a movie and most of the book take place during his apart time. He's working on bettering himself so he could have his silver lining. I think that is what kept me reading I wanted to see if Pat got his silver lining... read more



 Life of Pi - Yann Martel 


Sharon E. Cathcart: This is a fascinating philosophical look at the meaning of family, for a wide variety of reasons that I cannot reveal without delivering spoilers. It's also a story of courage and endurance, and of self-awareness... read more


Ali's Reading Mission: This story was pretty good it was a bit slow but it had some great moments in it. It had a lot of informal things, some intense moments, some weird, some right out disgusting, and some sad moments too... read more  



2013 Oscar winners

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text 2014-03-03 03:36
This would be a deadly drinking game....

I am so glad I didn't challenge my husband to a drinking game over how many Oscars "Gravity" would get. We'd both be dead right now.


I believe that it will win a ton of the music, sound, editing, blah blah blah shit awards...but it will not win best film.


Hubby believes it will just win everything including best film,


So far we only have to see if it wins best film to determine who wins........why is hubby walking to the liquor cabinet.....hey that isn't safe! We'll stop watching until they get to the real awards, I promise!



ETA: Best Oscar moment ever, Cate Blanchett telling Julia (Roberts perhaps?) to "suck it". She's a little sauced up herself lol.

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