Theatre Library Association Award - Winners, 1974-2009








Mark Harris. Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood. Penguin Books, 2008.



Jeanine Basinger. The Star Machine. Alfred A. Knopf, 2007.



Amid Amidi. Cartoon Modern: Style and Design in Fifties Animation. Chronicle Books, 2006.

Special Jury Prize:
Steve Higgins. Still Moving: The Film and Media Collections of the Museum of Modern Art. Museum of Modern Art, 2006.
Birgitta Steene. Ingmar Bergman: A Reference Guide. University of Chicago Press, 2006



Richard Abel. Encyclopedia of Early Cinema. Routledge, 2005.

Special Jury Prize: 
Daniel Goldmark. Tunes for 'Toons: Music and the Hollywood Cartoon. University of California Press, 2005.



Rick Altman. Silent Film Sound. Columbia University Press, 2004.

Special Jury Prize: 
Ray Harryhausen and Tony Dalton. Ray Harryhausen: An Animated Life. Billboard Books, 2004.



Scott Simmon. The Invention of the Western Film: A Cultural History of the Genre's First Half Century. Cambridge University Press, 2003.

Special Jury Prize: 
James Curtis. W. C. Fields: A Biography. Alfred A. Knopf, 2003.



Mark Cotta Vaz and Craig Barron. The Invisible Art: The Legends of Movie Matte Painting. Chronicle Books, 2002.

Honorable Mention: 
Louis Pizzitola. Hearst Over Hollywood: Power, Passion and Propaganda in the Movies. Columbia University Press, 2002.



Gary Giddins. Bing Crosby: A Pocketful of Dreams--The Early Years, 1903-1940. Little Brown & Company, 2001.

Honorable Mention: 
James Sanders. Celluloid Skyline: New York and the Movies. Alfred A. Knopf, 2001.



Pearl Bowser and Louise Spence. Writing Himself into History: Oscar Micheaux, His Silent Films, and His Audiences. Rutgers University Press, 2000.

Honorable Mention: 
Alan Dale. Comedy is a Man in Trouble: Slapstick in American Movies. University of Minnesota Press, 2000.
Mark Evan Swartz. Oz Before the Rainbow: L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz on Stage and Screen to 1939. John Hopkins University Press, 2000 (also a Freedley Award Finalist).

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Thomas Doherty. Pre-Code Hollywood: Sex, Immorality, and Insurrection in American Cinema, 1930-1934. Columbia University Press, 1999.

Honorable Mention: 
Eric Schaefer. Bold! Daring! Shocking! True!: A History of Exploitation Films, 1919-1959. Duke University Press, 1999.



Steven J. Ross. Working Class Hollywood: Silent Film and the Shaping of Class in America. Princeton University Press, 1998.

Honorable Mention: 
Charles Musser. Edison Motion Pictures, 1890-1900: An Annotated Filmography. Smithsonian Institution Press, 1998.



Cari Beauchamp. Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Powerful Women of Early Hollywood. Charles Scribner's Sons, 1997.

Honorable Mention: 
Donald C. Crafton. The Talkies: Hollywood Sound Cinema, 1926-1931. Charles Scribner's Sons/Twayne, 1997.



Geoffrey Nowell-Smith. The Oxford History of World Cinema. Oxford University Press, 1996.

Honorable Mention: 
Frank Walsh. Sin and Censorship: The Catholic Church and the Motion Picture Industry. Yale University Press, 1996.



Gregory A. Waller. Main Street Amusements: Movies and Commercial Entertainment in a Southern City, 1896-1930. Smithsonian Institution, 1995.

Honorable Mention: 
Richard Barrios. A Song in the Dark: The Birth of the Musical Film. Oxford University Press, 1995.



Richard Abel. The Cine Goes to Town: French Cinema, 1896-1914. University of California Press, 1994.

Honorable Mention: 
Neal Gabler. Winchell: Gossip, Power, and the Culture of Celebrity. Knopf, 1994.



David Bordwell. The Cinema of Eisenstein. Harvard University Press, 1993.

Honorable Mention: 
Ed Guerrero. Framing Blackness: The African American Image in Film. Temple University Press, 1993.



Donald Kirihara. Patterns of Time: Mizoguchi and the 1930s. University of Wisconsin Press, 1992.

Honorable Mention: 
Douglas Gomery. Shared Pleasures: A History of Movie Presentation in the United States. University of Wisconsin Press, 1992.



Tom Gunning. D. W. Griffith and the Origins of American Narrative Film: The Early Years at Biograph. University of Illinois Press, 1991.

Honorable Mention: 
Melvin Patrick Ely. The Adventures of Amos 'n' Andy: A Social History of an American Phenomenon. The Free Press, 1991.



Charles Musser. The Emergence of Cinema: The American Screen to 1907. Part of The History of the American Cinema Series. Charles Scribner's Sons, 1990.

Honorable Mention: 
Kevin Brownlow. Behind the Mask of Innocence. Knopf, 1990.

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Charles J. Maland. Chaplin and American Culture: The Evolution of a Star Image. Princeton University Press, 1989.

Honorable Mention: 
Edward Baron Turk. Child of Paradise: Marcel Carné, and the Golden Age of French Cinema. Harvard University Press, 1989.



Neal Gabler. An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood. Crown Publisher, 1988.

Honorable Mention: 
Joseph E. Persico. Edward R. Murrow: An American Original. McGraw-Hill, 1988.



John Canemaker. Winsor McCay: His Life and Art. Abbeville Press, 1987.

Honorable Mention:
John Sayles. Thinking in Pictures: The Making of the Movie "Matewan". Houghton Mifflin, 1987.



Ann M. Sperber. Murrow: His Life and Times. Freundlich, 1986.

Honorable Mention: 
Donald Albrecht. Designing Dreams: Modern Architecture in the Movies. Harper & Row, 1986.



No Award



Richard Abel. French Cinema: The First Wave, 1915-1929. Princeton University Press, 1984.



Richard Roud. A Passion for Films: Henri Langlois and the Cinematheque Française. Viking Press, 1983.

Honorable Mention: 
Richard Koszarski. The Man You loved to Hate: Erich von Stroheim and Hollywood. Oxford University Press, 1983.



Jay Leyda and Zina Voynow. Einstein at Work. Pantheon/MOMA, 1982.

Honorable Mention: 
Thomas Nelson. Kubrick: Inside a Film Artist's Maze. Indiana University Press, 1982.



William Alexander. Film on the Left: American Documentary Film from 1931 to 1942. Princeton University Press, 1981.



Kevin Brownlow and John Kobal. Hollywood: The Pioneers. Knopf, 1980.

Honorable Mention: 
Alexander Sesonske. Jean Renoir: The French Films, 1924-1939. Harvard University Press, 1980.

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Herbert J. Gans. Deciding What's News: A Study of CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, Newsweek and Time. Pantheon, 1979.

Honorable Mention: 
James Monaco. American Film Now: The People, the Power, the Money, the Movies. Oxford University Press, 1979.



Kevin Brownlow. The War, the West and the Wilderness. Knopf, 1978.



Mira and Antonin J. Liehm. The Most Important Art: East European Film After 1945. University of California Press, 1977.



Fred W. Friendly. The Good Guys, the Bad Guys and the First Amendment: Free Speech and Fairness in Broadcasting. Random House, 1976.



Robert J. Skiar. Movie-Made America: A Social History of American Movies. Random House, 1975.



Gerald S. Lesser. Children and Television: Lessons from Sesame Street. Random House, 1974.



Donald Bogle. Toms, Coons, Mulattoes, and Bucks: An Interpretative History of Blacks in American Films. Viking Press, 1973.

Honorable Mention: 
David C. Yellin. Special: Fred Freed and the Television Documentary. Macmillan, 1973.


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