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The Academy and the Award

The Coming of Age of Oscar and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

The first behind-the-scenes history of the organization behind the Academy Awards.
For all the near-fanatic attention brought each year to the Academy Awards, the organization that dispenses those awards—the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences—has yet to be understood. To date, no one has ever produced a thorough account of the Academy’s birth and its awkward adolescence, and the few reports on those periods from outside have always had a glancing, cursory quality. Yet the story of the Academy’s creation and development is a critical piece of Hollywood’s history.

Now that story is finally being told. Bruce Davis, executive director of the Academy for over twenty years, was given unprecedented access to its archives, and the result is a revealing and compelling story of the men and women, famous and infamous, who shaped one of the best-known organizations in the world. Davis writes about the Academy with as intimate a view of its workings, its awards, and its world-famous membership. Thorough and long overdue, The Academy and the Award fills a crucial gap in Hollywood history.

512 pages | 54 halftones | 6 x 9

Art: American Art

Film Studies

History: American History

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Table of Contents

1. The Beginning: Unions, Censors and Scandals
2. Academies. And Awards?
3. A Little Figure for Cedric Gibbons
4. A System Evolves
5. The Hays Incursion
6. . . . And Sciences
7. Academy Washed Up
8. Better than Precious Ointment
9. Frank Capra’s New Deal
10. Honorary Awards
11. Bette Davis and the War
12. Post-War and Cold War
13. Straining at the Leash
14. Into the Modern Era
15. Oscar Full-Blown

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