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The big book of show business awards
Sheward, David, 1959-
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Publication Information:
New York : Billboard Books, 1997.
Physical Description:
iii, 619 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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PN2270.A93 S54 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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This reference book covers all major show business awards, allowing the reader to see how Academy Award winners in a given year compared with Golden Globe winners, or how Tony Awards stacked up against Drama Desk honours, etc. The book also contains historical information, gossip and trivia.

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Booklist Review

Two new volumes from Billboard Books turn the spotlight on two fascinating aspects of the entertainment industry. The Encyclopedia of Daytime Television covers that genre from its infancy to the current programming schedule. The Big Book of Show Business Awards treats film, music, television, and drama awards from their beginnings through the 1996^-97 awards year. The Encyclopedia of Daytime Television is a comprehensive listing of all television series airing on a regular basis before 6:00 p.m. This includes sports, news, soap operas, game shows, cartoons, and talk shows, to list the most familiar series. The only shows not included in the encyclopedia are those that aired irregularly, originally aired in prime-time and were rerun during the daytime, or special events such as the Watergate hearings. Only a sample of syndicated daytime programs, such as The Oprah Winfrey Show, are included. Entries are alphabetical by the best known title of the series and provide the following information: genre, format, first and last air dates, network running time and dates, on-air personnel, and a synopsis of the series. Information for each entry was gathered in a variety of ways, including articles, reviews, listings in relevant periodicals (such as TV Guide or Variety), and actual viewing by the author. A dot appearing at the beginning of the entry indicates that the author has seen at least one show in the series. Descriptions of each series vary in length, with soap operas and newsmagazines meriting the longest entries. Cast lists for soap operas can be several pages in length, with the convoluted details of the plots taking several additional pages. The introduction serves as a brief history of daytime television from the 1920s to the 1990s. Appendixes list the nighttime series that were rerun during the day, the top 50 longest running daytime series, and a bibliography of related works. An index of series titles and daytime actors and actresses completes the volume. The Big Book of Show Business Awards lists all the major and many minor awards for film, music, television, and drama. Within each medium, the awards are grouped chronologically. All the nominees for the major awards are listed, with the recipient featured in boldface. For each year, the author provides facts, information, and interesting bits of gossip about the nominees, the winners, the award itself, and the long, self-congratulatory awards ceremonies. In addition to the familiar list of Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, or Tony winners, the volume includes various other awards, such as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Golden Globe Awards, the MTV Music Video Awards, and the New York Drama Critics Circle Awards. The appendix lists additional facts of note, such as who won the most Oscars (Walt Disney), and the only person to win an Oscar, an Emmy, and a Tony in one year (Bob Fosse). The index lists the recipients in major categories for each of the four major awards, and the winners of the Peabody and the Pulitzer Prize for drama. Photos from various films, television shows, and theater productions of performers complete the volume. Though the information in The Big Book of Show Business Awards may be available in other sources, it is convenient to have it all gathered into one easy-to-use volume. The background details are an added plus for the reader who wants to know more than just who won the best actor Oscar in 1981. Both volumes deserve a space on the reference shelves of public libraries. Librarians and patrons will find answers to both difficult and easy reference questions. That both volumes make for interesting reading, even when a question doesn't need to be answered, is an added bonus.