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The story of the Oscars

The story of the Oscars

While it's true that there's only so much anyone can say about the Oscars, remember it can be said again and again. As a reader (and writer), I know by now that there are 10 abiding Oscar stories. Here they are, all in a single article:

The history

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences started as a cover-up. Hollywood was so rife with scandals (drugs, sex, murder, money — the usual suspects), its leaders knew they needed better public relations and a distraction from beautiful young people behaving badly. There was also a growing fear of unionization eating into the picture business profits. So some said, let's have an organization where,...

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