Record Details

Catalog Search

Oscar wars: a history of Hollywood in gold, sweat, and tears  Cover Image Book Book

Oscar wars: a history of Hollywood in gold, sweat, and tears / Michael Schulman.

Schulman, Michael, (author.).


"The author of the New York Times bestseller Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep returns with a lively history of the Academy Awards, chronicling the brutal battles, the starry rivalries, and the colorful behind-the-scenes drama"-- Dust jacket flap.
"America does not have royalty. It has the Academy Awards. For nine decades, perfectly coiffed starlets, debonair leading men, and producers with gold in their eyes have chased the elusive Oscar. What began as an industry banquet in 1929 has now exploded into a hallowed ceremony, complete with red carpets, envelopes, and little gold men. But don't be fooled by the pomp: the Oscars, more than anything, are a battlefield, where the history of Hollywood--and of America itself--unfolds in dramas large and small. The road to the Oscars may be golden, but it's paved in blood, sweat, and broken hearts. In Oscar Wars, Michael Schulman chronicles the remarkable, sprawling history of the Academy Awards and the personal dramas--some iconic, others never-before-revealed--that have played out on the stage and off camera. Unlike other books on the subject, each chapter takes a deep dive into a particular year, conflict, or even category that tells a larger story of cultural change, from Louis B. Mayer to Moonlight. Schulman examines how the red carpet runs through contested turf, and the victors aren't always as clear as the names drawn from envelopes. Caught in the crossfire are people: their thwarted ambitions, their artistic epiphanies, their messy collaborations, their dreams fulfilled or dashed. Featuring a star-studded cast of some of the most powerful Hollywood players of today and yesterday, as well as outsiders who stormed the palace gates, this captivating history is a collection of revelatory tales, each representing a turning point for the Academy, for the movies, or for the culture at large"--Dust jacket flap.

Item details

  • ISBN: 9780062859013
  • ISBN: 0062859013
  • ISBN: 9780063297715
  • ISBN: 006329771X
  • Physical Description: xvi, 589 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2023]

Contents / Notes

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 501-559) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction: A little too scared to hope -- You ain't heard nothin' yet, 1927-29 : the Academy's turbulent birth -- Rebels, 1933-39 : Frank Capra and the attack of the guilds -- War! 1942 : the plot against Citizen Kane -- The greatest star, 1951 : all about an extraordinary Best Actress race -- Who is Robert Rich? 1947-60 : three screenwriters and the Hollywood blacklist -- X, 1970 : the counterculture takes the Oscars -- Running the asylum, 1976 : the Oscars fly over the cuckoo's nest -- Fiasco, 1989 : Allan Carr and the "worst Oscars ever" -- The Harveys, 1999 : Shakespeare in Love vs. Saving Private Ryan -- Tokens, 1940, 1964, 2002 : Hattie McDaniel, Sidney Poitier, and Halle Berry make history -- The envelope, 2017 : #OscarsSoWhite and a chaotic night -- Afterword: Gettin' jiggy wit it.
Subject: Academy Awards (Motion pictures) > History.
Motion picture industry > California > Los Angeles > History.

Currently available copies

  • 12 / 23 copies available at PINES


  • 0 current holds on 23 total copies.
Find the nearest copy:
Library System: Library Branch Name
Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status  
Athens Regional Library System:
      Athens-Clarke County Library
Send SMS Text
31001006117569 NONFICTION In process
Augusta-Richmond County Public Library System:
      Augusta-Richmond Co. Public Lib.
791.43 SCH
Send SMS Text
31019006097433 NEW-BKS Checked out
Clayton County Library System:
      Headquarters Library
Send SMS Text
31012007069378 STACKS Available
Clayton County Library System:
      Morrow Branch
Send SMS Text
31012007069386 STACKS Checked out
Clayton County Library System:
      Northwest Branch
Send SMS Text
31012007069394 STACKS Available
Flint River Regional Library System:
      Fayette County Public Library
Send SMS Text
31022010309372 ADULT Available
Flint River Regional Library System:
      Griffin-Spalding County Library
Send SMS Text
31022010306121 ADULT In process
Flint River Regional Library System:
      Peachtree City Library
Send SMS Text
31022009690279 ADULT Checked out
Greater Clarks Hill Regional Library:
      Columbia County Library
791.43 SCH
Send SMS Text
31100001479337 Display Books - Upstairs Available
Henry County Library:
      Fortson Public Library / Hampton
791.4307973 SCHULM
Send SMS Text
31027008541282 Adult Available
Next 10 »

Additional Resources

302 Found


The document has moved here.

Apache/2.4.41 (Ubuntu) Server at Port 443