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'The Academy Awards: The Complete Unofficial History' unreels the history of Oscar

If Oscar is your favorite leading man in Hollywood, check out "The Academy Awards: The Complete Unofficial History" (Black Dog & Leventhal, $24.95), which has been updated and revised ahead of Thursday's announcement of this year's Oscar nominations. In their year-by-year, writers Jim Piazza and Gail Kinn have included mini bios of each winner and hundreds of handsome photos. But Oscar buffs will really savor these other golden touches in each chapter.

Oscar Firsts lists precedent-setting moments (1987, for example, was the first year that no Americans were nominated for best director).

Sins of Omission looks at Oscar snubs (Marilyn Monroe's failure to be nominated for "Some Like It Hot") and gaffes (in her acceptance speech for "Erin Brockovich," Julia Roberts thanked her brother-in-law, but forgot Brockovich).

Unmentionables is equal parts dirty laundry (Frank Sinatra filed for divorce when Mia Farrow ignored him and accepted "Rosemary's Baby") and neat trivia (Anthony Hopkins was inspired by the voices of Katharine Hepburn and Truman Capote for his eerie speech cadence as Hannibal Lecter).

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