Paul Brunick has a great piece at Moving Image Source on Joseph McBride's trio of "doorstop" filmmaker biographies.
I am referring of course to Searching for John Ford, Frank Capra: The Catastrophe of Success, and Steven Spielberg: A Biography, Second Edition which are all available from UPM.
McBride is a leading film historian and scholar. He is currently associate professor in the cinema department at San Francisco State University. His many books also include Hawks on Hawks and What Ever Happened to Orson Welles? A Portrait of an Independent Career.
After the jump, watch Joe McBride's take on the Academy Award Best Picture nominees.