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It's a regrettable sign of awards-season distractedness that I didn't learn until yesterday that Damien Bona, patron saint of Oscar geeks, passed away last week. If his name isn't familiar to you, his book "Inside Oscar" -- co-authored with Mason Wiley -- should be: the most comprehensive and entertaining history of the Academy Awards yet written, it's an essential tome to which the entire curious sport of awards analysis owes its existence. As a kid, I checked out the local library's copy so many times they practically kept it aside for me. Upon eventually discovering a copy in a secondhand bookshop (ah, pre-internet life!), I wore it down until the spine cracked; Scotch-taped back into place, it still sits on my shelf. Sasha Stone knew Bona, and her heartfelt farewell, with input from Mark Harris and Susan Wloszczyna, is a lovely read. [Awards Daily]
Christy Grosz observes an air of melancholy as the Academy mails out paper ballots -- for the last time ever. [Variety]
Nathaniel Rogers' annual Oscar Symposium is always a fun read: this year's ace panel includes Nick Davis and (again) Mark Harris. [The Film Experience]
Steven Zeitchik checks in on the progress of the film adaptation of "August: Osage County," still going ahead with Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts. [LA Times]
With the Kodak Theater, home to the Oscars, up for renaming after sponsorship withdrawal, Mark Lisanti has a few suggestions. [Grantland]
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