TCM's Dave Karger in conversation with Scott McGee - 50 Oscar Nights

TCM's Dave Karger in conversation with Scott McGee - 50 Oscar Nights

Friday, Feb 16, 2024 7:00 PM

Location:
The Tara Theatre
2345 Cheshire Bridge Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30324

An exclusive look behind the scenes of the Academy Awards as top stars and filmmakers discuss their Oscar wins and tell never-before-told tales of Hollywood's biggest night, in a collection of original interviews with Turner Classic Movies host and entertainment media journalist Dave Karger.

A Cappella Books and The Tara Theatre Atlanta welcome the author to discuss his new book, "50 Oscar Nights: Iconic Stars & Filmmakers on Their Career-Defining Wins." Karger will appear in conversation with Scott McGee, senior director of Original Productions at Turner Classic Movies.

This event is free and open to the public. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the venue. Masks are optional.

About the Book

For almost a century, movie fans have been riveted by the Academy Awards and the stars who have won Oscars. 50 Oscar Nights takes readers behind the scenes of Hollywood's most storied awards show through new and exclusive interviews with dozens of A-list actors, filmmakers, and craftspeople spanning sixty years of the Oscars. Here, these artists reflect on their winning work and recount how they got ready, how they felt when they heard their name and got up on stage to accept their award, what they wore, how the entire experience impacted their lives, and more. Some interviews bring to light fun stories like why Hilary Swank decided to celebrate her Academy Award at the Astro Burger in West Hollywood, or insight into the work as Elton John explains why he was convinced he won his Best Original Song award for the wrong tune. Other interviews illuminate why, for some honorees, such as Julia Roberts, John Legend, and Octavia Spencer, the day remains a life highlight to be treasured, while for Marlee Matlin, Mira Sorvino, and Barry Jenkins, complex emotions cloud what most think would be a purely celebratory moment.

Filled with more than 150 photos of red-carpet moments, emotional acceptances, and after-party play, "50 Oscar Nights" is both a stunning record of cinema glamour and a must-read for any movie lover.

Full list of interviewees: Nicole Kidman, Elton John, Jennifer Hudson, Steven Spielberg, Jane Fonda, Barry Jenkins, Halle Berry, J. K. Simmons, Julia Roberts, John Legend, Rita Moreno, Martin Scorsese, Marlee Matlin, Dustin Hoffman, Hannah Beachler, Cameron Crowe, Mira Sorvino, Kevin O’Connell, Sally Field, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, Eddie Redmayne, Lee Grant, Louis Gossett Jr., Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood, Jessica Yu, Michael Douglas, Catherine Martin, Francis Ford Coppola, Allison Janney, Mel Brooks, Emma Thompson, Peter Jackson, Marcia Gay Harden, Mark Bridges, Sofia Coppola, Joel Grey, Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, Olivia Colman, Rob Epstein, Whoopi Goldberg, Alan Menken, Melissa Etheridge, Sissy Spacek, Keith Carradine, Estelle Parsons, Geoffrey Fletcher, Octavia Spencer, Aaron Sorkin, and Meryl Streep.

About the Author

Dave Karger is an award-winning TV host, interviewer, journalist, and film expert. He is a host on "Turner Classic Movies" and has been the Oscars expert on NBC's "TODAY" since 2000. He also spent over 15 years writing about the Oscars for Entertainment Weekly, has cohosted ABC's "Live from the Red Carpet" pre-show, and served as the Academy's official red-carpet greeter on Oscar night. In 2015, Dave received the Publicist's Guild Press Award, honoring the year's outstanding entertainment journalist. He has been called "this generation's mass-media cinematic ambassador" by The Wrap and a "beloved entertainment guru" by The Hollywood Reporter.

About the Conversation Partner

Scott McGee is a senior director of Original Productions at Turner Classic Movies. He is also a programmer for TCM's annual film festival and the lead programmer for the TCM Classic Cruise, and has been a presenter at many of TCM's past festivals and other industry conventions.