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And the Loser Is book review

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Aubrey Malone's new book "And the Loser Is" is a history of Oscar oversights, containing a wealth of information on all the wrong decisions that have been made by the Academy over the past 90 years, which saw people like Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, Peter O'Toole, Barbara Stanwyck, Montgomery Clift, Richard Burton and countless others both before and behind the camera never winning the coveted statuette.

Here are some reviews of the book:

"A history of the Oscars in eleven chapters such is the scope of cinema narrated here with cool detachment. From the first Hollywood Awards Ceremony and not forgetting the 2016 Oscars with the great gaffe by Price Waterhouse who put La La Land instead of Moonlight into the envelope for Best Picture: Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty (Bonnie and Clyde) almost accused of stealing envelopes. This moment cues Aubrey Malone to unravel the meltdown of Hollywood Oscar Nights. Jodie Foster called them ‘a silly game of bingo’. Copious quotes from legions of Oscar winners trash the process. Not Malone, as Sam Spade on the Oscar Case finding it more than a game of roulette. Suspiciously Al Jolson, Rita Hayworth, Greta Garbo and W. C. Fields never got gold. Barry Norman said the Oscars were ‘valid only up to the nomination stage’. Thereafter the devilry takes over. No Oscar for Best Picture for Duck Soup, The Great Dictator or City Lights. Such discrediting includes heaps of classic movies. Finks like Frank Capra scored a lot of gold with Capra-corn. Citizen Kane lost Best Picture to the now unwatchable How Green is My Valley. Mrs. Miniver won 7 awards, a wartime move in wartime. Bogart got his Oscar for his worst movie African Queen. Cagney got zilch for White Heat. Tennessee Williams, no Oscar. Judith Anderson, no Oscar for ‘Mrs. Danvers’ in Rebecca. The Manchurian Candidate taken out of circulation after JFK was shot in Dallas. King of Comedy no Oscar for Best Picture. Yoink.

The $500m Oscar publicity campaign adds a mere $3m to box office. The Golden Globes knock all Oscars off the shelf for artistic merit. Malone doesn’t do conspiracy theory in this fast-paced comedy thriller style, unravelling how the good, the bad and the awful lineup, who wins, who loses and why. Hemingway dismissed A Farewell to Arms on screen with the hero deserting the army because his girlfriend wouldn’t write him any love letters. Malone’s knowledge of cinema and references are vast. His conclusions give the Oscar plot away."

by Kevin Kiely, author of "UCD Belfield Metaphysical: A Retrospective"



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