Damien Bona earned a law degree from New York University in 1980 but spent only two years practicing law.
As he told the Los Angeles Times in 1986, "I had to choose between a job and an obsession. I chose the obsession."
Bona's obsession was the Academy Awards and all of the attendant hoopla, campaigning, gaffes and backstage controversies surrounding Hollywood's annual Big Night, dating to the first Oscar ceremony — a banquet at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in 1929.
Bona, coauthor of the 1986 book "Inside Oscar: The Unofficial History of the Academy Awards" and sole author of a 2002 sequel, died Jan. 29 at a hospital in New York, 15 days after...