Working on Book 5!

 

I’ve been working on Book 5 for several months now, but mostly on the backburner. I’ve somehow managed to write 60,000 words already….

Granted, much of that is accumulated notes from my reading, but still…

Working my way through 1971. I’m having cognitive dissonance, as my very vivid memories of seeing many of these films in the theaters when they were released are clashing with seeing them now — and discovering I have edited out huge chunks of the viewing experience from my memory.

I suspect this is only going to increase as I hit the mid-70s, and the extensive number of mature films my father took me to see come into play…

In the meantime, I hope you’re enjoying Book 4!

https://www.amazon.com/WHO-Won-Irreverent-Look-Oscars/dp/0692622462/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Book 4 Is Here!

 

With great joy, I announce the arrival of the fourth book in my series WHO Won?!? An Irreverent Look at the Oscars, remaking the Academy Awards as they SHOULD have been!

Volume Four: 1964-1970 takes us to the battles over the body of studio Hollywood, as the knives come out at the reading of the will, while the Old Fogies battle off the Young Turks, complete with massive budgets, brief nudity, and bloodshed, both real and imagined.

I hope you enjoy reading this labor of love!

And no, I have no idea how the presidency snuck in there…Amazon is removing it right now…

https://www.amazon.com/…/dp/0692622462/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0…

An aborted series of wonderful videos

One of the difficulties in appreciating the first few years of the Academy Awards — other than the rampant favoritism, vote-rigging, and downright corruption — is that so many of the films and personalities are now completely forgotten.

I recently found these two videos on Youtube, which go through and list the official nominees, along with images and clips to help restore some sense of familiarity. I wish their creator had continued past the first two years, but here they are for those of you who would like to see them:

I may just have to learn how to do these kinds of videos, if only to continue in these fine footsteps down the pathways of Oscar history!

The Best Picture Polls for Book 3 Are Done!

I’ve finally completed all the Best Picture polls for 1953-1963; feel free to come on by and vote on one of the polls!

Oh, heck — vote on ALL  of them! Unlike desserts, first dates, prom, wedding rehearsals, and my books, these polls are ALL free!

Thanks for all your kind words and attention.

See you at the movies — or the book store. Or Amazon. Whatever 🙂

If you’d like to buy my books, WHO Won?!? An Irreverent Look at the Oscars, V. 1: 1927-1943v. 2, 1944-1952, and V. 3: 1953-1963 please follow the links below — and thanks for having such good taste!

Link for V. 1: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OPEELH0

Link for V. 2: http://www.amazon.com/WHO-Won-Irreverent-Look-Oscars-ebook/dp/B00PKK8MBY/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1415905574&sr=1-2

Link for V. 3: http://www.amazon.com/WHO-Irreverent-Look-Oscars-Volume/dp/069232318X/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

Progress Report

I am continuing to realize the loss of my dear friend Bill Patterson, who was my co-author on many pieces about Robert Heinlein, as well as my first reader and toughest critic (I returned the favor to him). Getting beta readers to respond  when they’re doing you a favor is a black art I haven’t mastered. I’m getting excellent feedback, but so slowly the book is now several months behind the publication schedule I anticipated. Having earlier chapters not get their first major (non-me) edits is leading me to expend energy on other projects, as are my job and my personal commitments. I do apologize to my readers, and ask for their patience. I’m hoping to be done within the next month, although I can’t confirm that. That said, I am making myself laugh over jokes I forgot I wrote as I polish the earlier chapters even further!

Book 3 corrected!

I finally had the time and materials to republish Book 3. The mistake about Edith Evans is gone; the few typos I found are gone; the cover has the film strip corrected.

Which means those of you who bought the book already now have a first edition with the boo-boos, which if you know the book collectors’; market, means yours is worth more now…

You’re welcome!

OliverHardy

Progress is progressing!

1964 and 1965 are completely edited and in the can, waiting for indexing and typesetting. 1966 is out; 1967 is approaching the delivery to my beta readers. I am down to my last few films! I’m not sure I will make it by Christmas — but book 4 WILL be out for Oscar season!

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I’m not dead yet!

I’m just furiously trying to keep ahead with my classes as a teacher!

I’m busily redesigning my two AP classes (US History and US Government) as well as teaching Sophomore English for the first time ever, and having to come up with three completely revamped sets of lesson plans, assignments, and tests is sucking up enormous amounts of my spare time!

Not to mention the grading…

Work on Book 4 is almost done, with my beta readers providing me valuable feedback. I have a handful of films left to see, and a few pages left to write for the last chapter. Then comes the intro, the afterword, and the indexing.

I’m hoping to have Book 4 out before Xmas.

Thank you all for your patience, understanding, and support.

See you at the movies!

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The Best Actress Polls for Book Three Are Done!

Pick your year and vote! Even better — vote for every year!

If you’d like to buy my books, WHO Won?!? An Irreverent Look at the Oscars, V. 1: 1927-1943v. 2, 1944-1952, and V. 3: 1953-1963 please follow the links below — and thanks for having such good taste!

Link for V. 1: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OPEELH0

Link for V. 2: http://www.amazon.com/WHO-Won-Irreverent-Look-Oscars-ebook/dp/B00PKK8MBY/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1415905574&sr=1-2

Link for V. 3: http://www.amazon.com/WHO-Irreverent-Look-Oscars-Volume/dp/069232318X/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

Let the voting begin — and thanks for dropping by.

Whoopsie! Volume 3

Well, I finally pulled a major mistake in one of my books. Serious mistake. Want to put my head down and cry mistake.

I got a review on Amazon this morning from a “BM” — complimentary to the series as a whole, but he took me to task over mistaking Edith Evans for Susannah York in Tom Jones. I did indeed, as I put it in a comment responding to the review:

“BM is absolutely correct. I checked my rough drafts, and discover that I have made the terrible error of conflating the notes I took on Tom Jones on the two actresses. Edith Evans is bloody marvelous — as I raved about her in The Importance of Being Earnest in Volume 2, and will rave about her again, especially for The Whisperers, a very brave and deeply emotional performance, in v. 4. I will correct this error immediately. I apologize for the mistake. If I were on trial, I’d plead the fifth. If I were an alcoholic, I’d point at the fifth. As I am in my fifth decade, I can only point at my head and twirl my finger about my ear. I could also point at my five copy editors and proof readers, but it’s entirely my fault. Thank you so much for the constructive criticism, and for your readership of my books.”

Normally, I don’t respond to reviews, but I thought he deserved recognition, and I wanted to show folks I was human and had corrected the error.

The only thing I can figure out is that both Susannah York and Edith Evans are called “Miss Western” and I somehow confused the notes from the one for the other performance.

Mea culpa, mea maxima culpa. I will correct it soon.

Best Actress Polls, Book 3: 1953-1963

Welcome to the Best Actress Polls for WHO Won?!? An Irreverent Look at the Oscars, V. 3: 1953-1963!

Pick your year and vote! Even better — vote for every year!

If you’d like to buy my books, WHO Won?!? An Irreverent Look at the Oscars, V. 1: 1927-1943, v. 2, 1944-1952, and V. 3: 1953-1963 please follow the links below — and thanks for having such good taste!

Link for V. 1: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OPEELH0

Link for V. 2: http://www.amazon.com/WHO-Won-Irreverent-Look-Oscars-ebook/dp/B00PKK8MBY/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1415905574&sr=1-2

Link for V. 3: http://www.amazon.com/WHO-Irreverent-Look-Oscars-Volume/dp/069232318X/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

Let the voting begin — and thanks for dropping by.

The Best Actor Polls for Book Three Are Done!

Pick your year and vote! Even better — vote for every year!

If you’d like to buy my books, WHO Won?!? An Irreverent Look at the Oscars, V. 1: 1927-1943v. 2, 1944-1952, and V. 3: 1953-1963 please follow the links below — and thanks for having such good taste!

Link for V. 1: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OPEELH0

Link for V. 2: http://www.amazon.com/WHO-Won-Irreverent-Look-Oscars-ebook/dp/B00PKK8MBY/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1415905574&sr=1-2

Link for V. 3: http://www.amazon.com/WHO-Irreverent-Look-Oscars-Volume/dp/069232318X/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

Let the voting begin — and thanks for dropping by.

Everybody’s a Critic…

I’ve sent out the first two chapters to my alpha reader; the third chapter is almost done.

I’m well over halfway through the work on the 1967 chapter — tremendous year in film!

By the way, if you’d care to be a critic like the cat, feel free to write up a review on Amazon if you’ve read any of my books. All the help would be appreciated!

Back to the Man-Cave this afternoon!

If you’d like to buy my books, WHO Won?!? An Irreverent Look at the Oscars, V. 1: 1927-1943v. 2, 1944-1952, and V. 3: 1953-1963 please follow the links below — and thanks for having such good taste!

Link for V. 1: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OPEELH0

Link for V. 2: http://www.amazon.com/WHO-Won-Irreverent-Look-Oscars-ebook/dp/B00PKK8MBY/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1415905574&sr=1-2

Link for V. 3: http://www.amazon.com/WHO-Irreverent-Look-Oscars-Volume/dp/069232318X/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

Thanks for dropping by — I hope you’ll take the time to drop in on a poll or three and vote!

The Best Song of the Year Polls are done for Volume 1: 1927-1943!

Welcome to a brand new subject here on Who Should Have Won the Oscars? Best Song is notorious for bad choices, overlooking absolute classics for absolute drivel, time and time again. Now’s your chance to make your musical tastes known — you couldn’t possibly do worse than the Academy did in most years!

For this one, I’ve put in what I wrote for my books for the category, but added in video and/or sound for the original recordings from the movies, so you can listen for yourself and decide!

Who better to visually represent this period than Der Bingle himself?

If you’d like to buy my books, WHO Won?!? An Irreverent Look at the Oscars, V. 1: 1927-1943v. 2, 1944-1952, and V. 3: 1953-1963 please follow the links below — and thanks for having such good taste!

Link for V. 1: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OPEELH0

Link for V. 2: http://www.amazon.com/WHO-Won-Irreverent-Look-Oscars-ebook/dp/B00PKK8MBY/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1415905574&sr=1-2

Link for V. 3: http://www.amazon.com/WHO-Irreverent-Look-Oscars-Volume/dp/069232318X/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

Let the voting begin — and thanks for dropping by.

Whoopsie! Volume One Typos

I hate making mistakes. I really don’t mind admitting them, but I prefer there to be no suggestion that there can be any possibility that I might make them in the first place.

I guess I have a lot left to figure out about this omnipotence gig.

In Volume One, I refer (pg. 476, 478 in the first edition; pg. 490 in the second) to a song “It Seems I Heard That Song Before.” When I was doing the 1942 Best Song blog entry this afternoon, I got bothered by that — and I checked, and it should be merely “I’ve Heard that Song Before.” That one, I blame on Wikipedia, which has it wrong, and my own failure to double-check.

More egregiously, I somehow ascribed “I Remember You” to Irving Berlin and place it in Holiday Inn (pg. 478, 1st edition; pg. 490, 2nd edition). Rightfully, it belongs to Johnny Mercer and Victor Schertzinger, from The Fleet’s In (as is “Tangerine”).

I have NO idea how that happened. None, whatsoever. I suspect two lines were conflated somehow early in the writing, and nobody caught it before now.

Mea culpa; mea maxima culpa. In teen speak, my bad, my real bad.

I hope I am forgiven, and this is the last time you suspect I am not somewhere in the general level of the deity in my righteous correctness.

Now, please keep those banana peels away from me…

The Second Editions of Volume One and Two Are Available!

New covers! New material! Less mistakes! What more could you want?

The second editions of WHO Won?!? An Irreverent Look at the Oscars are now available for both kindle and trade paperback. Amazon has (thankfully) lowered the prices of the trade paperbacks as well.

Come see how the Academy Awards should have happened.

Volume One covers movies released between 1927-1943: http://www.amazon.com/WHO-Irreverent-Look-Oscars-Volume/dp/069231721X/ref=pd_bxgy_b_img_y

Volume Two covers movies released between 1944-1952: http://www.amazon.com/WHO-Irreverent-Look-Oscars-Volume/dp/0692317244/ref=pd_bxgy_b_img_y

Volume 3, which goes from 1953-1963, should be available within the week!

Thank you all for your support — I hope you enjoy the books.