Full of gowns, gaffes, and gushing, the Academy Awards are the epitome of pageantry and must-see television that sometimes has little to do with the actual purpose of the ceremony: to reward outstanding achievement in film. Join Esther and Nathan in the first installment of their new Film History Series as they explore the history of the Oscars, from its origins in the labor disputes of the 1920s through its evolution into the gala spectacle of today.
Podcasters: Nathan and Esther
Emanuel Levy. All About Oscar: The History and Politics of the Academy Awards. Bloomsbury Academic, 2003.
Gail Kinn and Jim Piazza. The Academy Awards: The Complete Unofficial History. Black Dog & Leventhal, 2011.
Robert Osborne. 85 Years of the Oscar: The Official History of the Academy Awards. Abbeville Press, 2013.
Debra Ann Pawlak. Bringing Up Oscar: The Story of the Men and Women Who Founded the Academy. Pegasus, 2012. (Reprint)
This episode is part of our Film History Series
Music by Kevin MacLeod (www.incompetech.com)