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A fascinating history of motion pictures through the lens of the Academy Awards, the Best Picture winners and the box-office contenders.
In Best Pick: A Journey Through Film History and the Academy Awards, John Dorney, Jessica Regan and Tom Salinsky provide a captivating decade-by-decade exploration of the Oscars. For each decade, they examine the making of classic films, trends and innovations in cinema, behind-the-scenes scandals at the awards ceremony and who won and why. Twenty films are reviewed in-depth, alongside 10 detailed 'making-of' accounts and capsule reviews of every single Best Picture winner in history. In addition, each Best Picture winner is carefully scrutinised to answer the ultimate question: 'did the Academy get it right?'
Full of wonderful stories, cogent analysis and fascinating insights, Best Pick is a witty and enthralling look at the people, politics, movies and trends that have shaped our cinematic world.
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- nery saenz
They pretend to love movies
I completely understand that this is an opinion book. So judging the book itself for having opinions different than mine May not be fair. But it was more than that for me. Their opinions are those that I find dreadful, bullish and uber pretentious. I get it, they like the movies they like. Fine. But they often tore down other movies in order to “praise” the movie they felt “should’ve won”. This is a good premise for a podcast. But listening to this for 7+ hours was very difficult. They come off as pretentious jerks that claim they “love movies” but what they mean is “only the movies we deem worthy.”
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