A quarter century ago only a handful of titles offered information devoted to the Academy Awards. Now there are paperbacks, deluxe or bargain-priced coffee-table surveys, and even Danny Peary's Alternate Oscars (Delacorte, 1993), which discusses movies that "should" have won. While Roy Pickard's The Oscar Movies (Facts on File, 1994) may have been the first to arrange winning films alphabetically, journalist Matthews has put together an up-to-date source (through 1994), and he offers more detailed analysis of every film ever nominated. Plots, background, and historical context are provided, as are cross references to other films for which an actor or technician was nominated. Appendixes list nominees and awards by year. The very reasonable price should find this guide a home in most libraries as the primary resource or at least as a complement to Mason Wiley and Damien Bona's chronologically arranged Inside Oscar (Ballantine, 1992. rev. ed.) or Robert Osborne's Sixty-Five Years of the Oscar (LJ 4/15/94).-Kim Holston, American Inst. for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters, Malvern, Pa.