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Look, the book is very comprehensive though sadly out of date as no updated version has been, or is likely to be, released The author tries to stay away from acting as movie critic but sometimes fails and harps excessively on a few movieswhich is a shame, as i assume his intent was to be a dispassionate historian here I would have given this 5 stars, but the amount of grammatical errors is a tad overwhelming, especially given that this version is the updated version, and the first edi Look, the book is very comprehensive though sadly out of date as no updated version has been, or is likely to be, released The author tries to stay away from acting as movie critic but sometimes fails and harps excessively on a few movieswhich is a shame, as i assume his intent was to be a dispassionate historian here I would have given this 5 stars, but the amount of grammatical errors is a tad overwhelming, especially given that this version is the updated version, and the first edition was panned for its massive amounts of editorial laziness I haven t read version one, but my understanding is that this version is an improvement But any quality book is defined by it s editorial oversight, and i m left with the impression that there was actually no editor involved It s a shame to read a satisfying, well thought out, and detailed book, only to be constantly nagged by the large amount of grammar fails If i were the author, I d be appalled But them again, this is the second, and as of this review, final incarnation of this book, which leads me to the conclusion that the author didn t care that his hard work was felled by a disturbing lack of editorial oversight, which is embarrassing If you can overlook the bad grammar, the book is very fun and informative Fix the grammar for the next version, and ill give ya 5 stars All About Oscar The History and Politics of the Academy Awards by Emanuel Levy 2003 provides a text that is carefully divided into very logical increments regarding the history and politics surrounding the Academy Awards Beginning with the events that led up to the establishment of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Levy presents a history of the Oscars and how they have become the most popular and prestigious awards in the film industry In All About Oscar , Levy also describ All About Oscar The History and Politics of the Academy Awards by Emanuel Levy 2003 provides a text that is carefully divided into very logical increments regarding the history and politics surrounding the Academy Awards Beginning with the events that led up to the establishment of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Levy presents a history of the Oscars and how they have become the most popular and prestigious awards in the film industry In All About Oscar , Levy also describes why filmmakers strive to win this prominent award and how it can have a vast impact upon their future success Further, he describes the requirements imposed by the Academy in order to be nominated for an Oscar and compete for the top award Throughout the remainder of this book, he cites various theories relative to how important a film s genre and subject matter is in order to increase the potential for winning an Oscar In doing so, he addresses the Academy s view of bio pictures, problem dramas, historical epics, comedies, and musicals In summary, Levy s book All About Oscar offers the reading audience a broad collection of facts that demonstrate the historical, cultural, and political contexts of Academy Award winning films He examines the Oscars from many different perspectives genre, subject matter, popularity figures, etc Levy offers the reader with realistic observations coupled with sound reasoning for what actually constitutes an Oscar winning film in the eyes of the Academy membership He also concludes his book with various informative charts including, to include Best Picture Winners and Nominees by Genre from 1927 2001, Best Picture Winners by Year and Date of Release, and Best Picture Winners by Year and Running Time This book is an interesting read for anyone who is interested in learningabout this prestigious, annual, Hollywood award ^READ EBOOK ⇯ All about Oscar?: The History and Politics of the Academy Awards? ↰ This is a book for all film lovers to savor as, together with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, they celebrateas the diamond anniversary of the Academy Awards Now in paperback for the first time, All about Oscar builds on Levy s well known work on the Academy Awards over the past twenty years It is both history and appreciation, chockablock with inside stories and little known facts Do you knowaWho came up with the idea for the Academy Awards and why Who votes Who is the youngest winner The oldest Who has been nominated the most times without winning Where Oscar gets its name All new chapters added to the previous edition Oscar Fever,include The Luck of the British, The Foreign Language Winners, The Importance of Being Eccentric, Is Oscar a White Man s Award This book is neither authorized nor endorsed by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences