Academy Award Winners: The First 50 Years

Season 1
 (5)1999TV-PG
The most celebrated films in cinema history have all shared a moment within Oscars history, now see where they all fit inside the vast history that encompasses this annual spectacle that has now enjoyed over eighty years of distinction.
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Ned Lochman
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English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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  1. 1. Birth of an Icon
    January 1, 1999
    46min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The first installment in this engrossing series on the history of the first half century in cinematic arts, begins back in 1928, and chronicles the slow transition of the legendary awards ceremony from a discreet and exclusive dinner to an internationally broadcast spectacle full of speeches, performances, and gossip coverage for all niches of film lovers throughout the world.
  2. 2. Golden Era
    January 1, 1999
    46min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
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    English
    With the American film industry expanding and taking an increasingly significant cultural role, the Golden Age of Hollywood was a pivotal period for the films produced during the time, as well as for the lavish award ceremonies that would become a significant staple of Hollywood culture.
  3. 3. The Vintage Years
    January 1, 1999
    46min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    1939 was a pivotal year for Hollywood as an industry. As the trajectory of cinema and its grasp expanded and segued from phase to phase, 1939 served a visible barrier year, with the industry being decidedly defined by its statures before and after such a transitional year.
  4. 4. Hollywood Goes to War
    January 1, 1999
    50min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    World War II served as a turning point for virtually all American industries throughout the long and grueling multiyear span of violence. Much like the rest of the country, the American film industry was forced to respond to the international war's costs on every element of its livelihood: funding, public interest, consumers, etc.
  5. 5. The Postwar Years
    January 1, 1999
    46min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    The postwar years affected Hollywood as much as it did any other American industry during those pivotal transition years as America worked to return to its former normalcy.
  6. 6. A Method and a Massage
    January 1, 1999
    48min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    A new wave of ideas and techniques took hold of the perpetually transforming film industry in the years following the war, with a new generation of fresh and hungry stars finding their own places in the vacuum of reconstruction the industry faced.
  7. 7. Movies are Better Than Ever
    January 1, 1999
    48min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The 50's saw a Renaissance of sorts in technological innovations, which allowed a new era of cinema never before possible. Thanks to advents in virtually all facets of production, films were capable of depictions and experiences not even imaginable before.
  8. 8. The Epic Years
    January 1, 1999
    47min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    In the years following the century's midpoint, Hollywood turned to making decidedly epic films by design, with aims for quintessential greatness resulting in equally epic Academy Awards ceremonies full of impossible choices between innumerable deserving nominees.
  9. 9. A Time of Change
    January 1, 1999
    49min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The start of the 1960's sparked a drastic change in the studio system, the studios, and the trajectory of the industry as a whole, prompting production on some of the most envelope-pushing works of all time.
  10. 10. Hollywood Comes of Age
    January 1, 1999
    48min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Cultural changes in art appreciation and acceptability of indecency enabled a time of pivotal transition in Hollywood, resulting in an era of challenging artistic feats with unprecedented vulgarity, lewdness, and other elements not deemed permissable prior.

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Directors
John Bozeman
Producers
Tom ForresterMark S. Gilman JRBrian KelleyPete KneserJIll Harper
Season year
1999
Network
Multicom Entertainment Group (MEG)
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Tim RiceReviewed in the United States on May 2, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Works for my paramore whose father drew movie posters,signs and promotions.
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Fascinating knowing what I thought I knew, but didn't exactly.
RonReviewed in the United States on August 22, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
OK time-waster
Each episode covers 5 years of winners (and nominations), but obviously the producers weren't able to obtain footage of most of the movies they mention, using photos and clips of actors from years in the future from the period being discussed. Some interesting tidbits, but nothing you can't learn from IMDb. It's okay if you've seen every Russian dash-cam video on the Internet.
Dan Curtis FanReviewed in the United States on May 31, 2006
1.0 out of 5 stars
This set is trash
Don't expect any clips from the Academy Awards ceremonies. The Academy keeps them hidden on a dusty shelf in a vault somewhere in no-man's land. This set is comprised of extremely poor quality commercial clips and is badly narrated also. You simply can't follow the narration at all, because it's merely a recitation of some of the movies that were nominated. I was so dissappointed that I gave up after the seventh tape. This set really is trash.
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William J. StraczekReviewed in the United States on January 3, 2001
1.0 out of 5 stars
Academy Award Winners- First 50 Years - a deceiving title
I expect an insightful and detailed look into the Academy Awards, including ceremoney footage and presentations, what I got was a cheaply maid narration of some of the winners accompanied by some stills. Not much for the avid collector. Not much with the 10 video set. Film buffs should skip this and keep looking elsewhere
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