The best book ever written about the Academy Awards?

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Critic and historian Mark Harris has been the most reliably sane and informed commentator on the Oscar race over the past few years. Sadly, for us, Harris had to sit out this year’s Oscars because he is married to Tony Kushner, the screenwriter and playwright who is a nominee for his amazing “Lincoln” script. Harris […] [Read More]

Oscar madness: try to remember Cary Grant & ‘Rocky’

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It’s the movie buff’s equivalent of the Super Bowl. A huge TV event that is anticipated for weeks — months? — and then forgotten almost immediately. At two recent Oscar library discussions that I led, I asked those who attended if they could name the man who won best actor last year, and it took […] [Read More]