Oscar wars : a history of Hollywood in gold, sweat, and tears
featuring bestselling author, Michael Schulman, in conversation with film historian, Foster Hirsch
6:30 PM | Program
7:30 PM | Dinner
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Program is FREE to attend
About the Event
Film historian Foster Hirsch joins Coffee House Club for a riveting conversation with bestselling author and New Yorker staff writer Michael Schulman on his most recent book, Oscar Wars. Books will be available for sale and signing, and, as always, the conversation and conviviality will continue over dinner downstairs after the program.
About the Book
The author of the New York Times bestseller Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep returns with a lively history of the Academy Awards, focusing on the brutal battles, the starry rivalries, and the colorful behind-the-scenes drama.
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.
About the Author
Michael Schulman is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep. He is a staff writer at The New Yorker, where he has contributed since 2006. His work has also appeared in the New York Times, Vanity Fair, and other publications. His latest book is Oscar Wars: A History of Hollywood in Gold, Sweat, and Tears. He lives in New York City.
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