The nominations are in, and Oscar fever has begun. Before you start filling out those ballots for your Oscar pool, check out Robert Osborne's "85 Years of the Oscar" (Abbeville Press), a year-by-year breakdown of the winners, nominations, trivia, back stories and more than 750 photographs.
It wouldn't hurt to down a few bowls of Wheaties before lifting up this latest edition of the hefty tome, which the Turner Classic Movies host has updated every five years since writing "60 Years of the Oscar" in 1989. New are 24 pages devoted to the past five ceremonies, which cover everything from the new rules (in 2009, the best picture field was broadened to 10 nominees) to reminiscences from recent winners. Among those interviewed are Long Islanders David Seidler , who wrote the screenplay for "The King's Speech," and actress Melissa Leo , who recalls getting bleeped while accepting her award for "The Fighter." "When I faced that house is when I lost my head and began to shake from head to toe and realized I had to say something," she says. "And, boy, I guess I did."