Robert Osborne on 85 Years of the Oscar

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Robert Osborne, host of Turner Classic Movies, gives an account of the history of the Academy Awards. His newly revised book 85 Years of the Oscar: The Official History of the Academy Awards, talks about the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the birth of the Oscars, and presents the story of each year's awards, beginning with the very first.

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1927/28 (1st) Academy Awards® Banquet, Blossom Room, Roosevelt Hotel, Hollywood (May 16, 1929).
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Shirley Temple, 1934 Special Award winner, with Irvin S. Cobb (The six-year-old actress starred in nine feature films in 1934).
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Spencer Tracy and Bette Davis, 1938 (11th) Academy Awards®.
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Guy Lombardo, Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney, 1939 (12th) Academy Awards (Garland received a Special Award - a miniature statuette - "for her outstanding performance as a screen juvenile")
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Elizabeth Taylor and Walt Disney, 1953 (26th) Academy Awards®
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Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 38th Academy Awards® ceremony (April 18, 1966).
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Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep at the 2011 (84th) Academy Awards®
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Anne Hathaway and Jennifer Lawrence, 2012 (85th) Academy Awards®.


Robert Osborne

Comments [4]


LOL, no money involved? Is that why movie studios initiate expensive Oscar lobbying campaigns?

Nov. 20 2013 12:41 AM
Jane in Brooklyn

More info re: Casting By-

Nov. 19 2013 01:12 PM
Jane in Brooklyn

Listening to Robert Osborne. The Artios Awards are for casting across all mediums. There is no casting director's Oscar and it's not in the "plan". Sort of annoying Robert Osborne of all people is so misinformed about this. Just saw an entire film devoted to the battle over this. "Casting By" at Cinema Village. It's about Marion Dougherty and the movement to get her an honorary Oscar. The film and topic seem to be right up Leonard's alley.

Nov. 19 2013 12:53 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

My enthusiasm for movies was replaced by my enthusiasm for video games some years back, and it is a shame that mainstream media still hasn't caught up with the most important media format of the 21st century. Movies are so "last century." As radio and movies for the most part replaced the long 19th century novel as the primary vehicles for story-telling, so the interactive video game is doing to movies today. The problem is, the over age 40 demographic is mostly clueless or doesn't want to know, or too afraid to learn something new> There is a learning curve, but then, learning to read wasn't easy for many in the 19th century to read those long novels. Learning how to play video games is not as hard as learning to read, but it does take some desire and patience especially for old folks. But I'm 67 and I started when I was about age 50, and if I can do it, so can almost anyone else.

Nov. 19 2013 12:51 PM

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