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"Alternate Oscars" by Danny Peary


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I'm starting to feel like I am the only one who ever read this book. In 1992 Danny Peary wrote "Alternate Oscars" in which he took an intelligent look at the academy's choices from 1927 - 1991 and offers his own choices for Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Actress.

 

Did anyone ever read this book?

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I've read it too. I liked it, but not as much as other books by Danny Peary, in part because about 1/3 of the time it seemed he agreed with the actual Academy Award choice, which sort of undercut the purpose of the book, it seemed to me.

 

However, I find I consult his "Guide for the Film Fanatic" nearly every month.

 

He was a terrific writer about film. Why did he stop or what has he done lately?

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He agreed with the academy more than I would have and some of his choices were just bizarre (Wesley Snipes in New Jack City??)

 

I hate that he never did an update. It's been 15 years since he wrote the book and it bothers me that he never followed it up.

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