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(continued from Entertainment page) was created in May 1927. That month, Charles Lindbergh made the first nonstop New York-to-Paris solo flight aboard the Spirit of Saint Louis. Calvin Coolidge was President, Mae West was starring on Broadway in “Sex,” and the average price for a movie ticket was 25 cents. Although movies were immensely popular, no professional organization existed and there were threats of government censorship of film. Not wanting outside control, Hollywood bigwigs, including Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Cecil B. DeMille, Louis B. Mayer, and the Warner Brothers, established the Academy. The organization was originally called the International Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, but the word “International” was dropped during incorporation. Osborne arranges the book chronologically, noting achievements of the Academy decade by decade and enumerating the Awards year by year, from the first Best Picture Oscar winner, “Wings” (1927) to 2007 winner, “No Country for Old Men.” What makes this book unique is its complete listing not only of winners but all nominees. This is fascinating, when you see the pictures that did not win. The year 1952 was an interesting example of questionable winners. The prize that year went to the circus movie “Greatest Show on Earth.” Among the prestigious losers were “High Noon,” “The Quiet Man,” and “Moulin Rouge.” Then there was 1998, when the light comedy “Shakespeare in Love” bested Steven Spielberg’s epic “Saving Private Ryan.” The actor and actress categories offer some similar puzzlements. How could both Bette Davis (“All About Eve”)
and Gloria Swanson (“Sunset Boulevard”) have lost to newcomer Billie Holiday (“Born Yesterday”)? Did Humphrey Bogart deserve his Oscar for “The African Queen” more than Brando (“A Streetcar Named Desire”) or Montgomery Clift (“A Place in the Sun”)? There were three years of Oscar sweeps, with awards going to the same film for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Director: “It Happened One Night” (1934), “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975), and “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991). It’s all about the voting. Currently, there are just over 6,000 members in the Academy. Originally, there were 230. These are industry people who cast their ballots based on several criteria, only one of which is actual merit. Remember, these folks are subject to the same influences, biases, sympathies, and publicity campaigns as the rest of us, and they exert their voting power accordingly. One of the best parts of “80 Years of Oscar” is the wonderful collection of quotations from former Oscar winners and nominees. Their common thread is the great honor these men and women felt at having been singled out by their peers. Referring to her win as Best Actress for “It Happened One Night,” Claudette Colbert reminisced, “I was convinced that we could not win because a comedy had never won -- so convinced, that I was actually boarding the Santa Fe Super Chief for New York when I was whisked back to the Biltmore Hotel to accept the Oscar while they held the train. It was quite a scenario.” A definitive look at a grand Hollywood tradition, “80 Years of Oscar” is a handsome volume that offers not only information and entertainment but also nostalgia for those who remember the Oscar broadcasts. It is a worthy companion to all those movies that have entertained so many through the years. in 1995, their future looks bright. Dave is a highly regarded Major League baseball prospect. Clarice plans to make big money in Southern California real estate. But after several years of marriage, their affection for each other is tested by unanticipated occurrences. A car accident temporarily sidelines Clarice, and the couple must confront physical temptations, financial pressures, and emotional challenges that threaten to undermine their love for each other. The film tends to be melodramatic, but the performances are good and inspire the viewer to care about these two people. Extras include deleted scenes and a making-of featurette.
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(continued from Restaurant page) test, a making-of featurette, the extended road show version of the film and stage excerpts featuring Mary Martin and Ezio Pinza, who starred in the original Broadway version. “Not Easily Broken” (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment) focuses on Los Angeles couple Dave and Clarice Johnson (Morris Chestnut, Taraji P. Henson). Newlyweds
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