Bringing Up Oscar: The Story of the Men and Women Who Founded the Academy (Paperback)

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Bringing Up Oscar: The Story of the Men and Women Who Founded the Academy (Paperback)

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The untold story of the innovative pioneers who helped make movies the preeminent art form of the twentieth century.


The founders of the now infamous Academy were a motley crew as individuals, but when they first converged in Hollywood, then just a small town with dirt roads, sparks flew and fueled a common dream: to bring artistic validity to their beloved new medium.


Who were these movers and shakers who would change movies forever? And what about Oscar, their famous son? He is fast approaching his hundredth birthday and is still the undisputed king of Hollywood. Yet with such dynamic parents, what else could we expect?



Debra Ann Pawlak has spent over ten years writing about Hollywood history and is a frequent contributor to The Mediadrome. She is the author of Farmington and Farmington Hills, for Arcadia’s “Making of America” series, and has written a screenplay about Clara Bow. She lives in southeastern Michigan.

Product Details ISBN: 9781605982748
ISBN-10: 1605982741
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication Date: January 12th, 2012
Pages: 336
Language: English
Pawlak is able to re-create the peculiar form of community that existed among a group of otherwise vicious competitors.
— Bill Ott

Pawlak traces the lives of the key figures in the cinema community who launched the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1927. By skillfully weaving such highlights of Hollywood history throughout this Tinseltown tapestry, Pawlak succeeds in recreating that colorful era.

Bringing Up Oscar sets itself the interesting task of telling the back stories of the men and women who founded the Academy.