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How An Oscar Statuette Is Made, Step By Step:
above: close up look at base
Oscar Fun Facts:
• The official name of the statuette is the Academy Award® of Merit
• Oscar is 13½ inches tall and weighs 8½ pounds
• The First Recipient was Emil Jannings, named Best Actor for his performances in “The Last Command” and “The Way of All Flesh” in 1929
• Number of Awards Presented to date as of 2010: 2,701 statuettes
• It was designed by Cedric Gibbons, chief art director at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and sculpted by Los Angeles artist George Stanley.
• The Oscar statuette depicts a knight holding a crusader's sword, standing on a reel of film. The film reel features five spokes, signifying the five original branches of the Academy (actors, directors, producers, technicians and writers.)
• How Oscar received his nickname is not exactly clear.
The most popular story is that Margaret Herrick, an Academy librarian and eventual executive director, remarked that the statuette resembled her Uncle Oscar, and the Academy staff began to refer to it as Oscar. Although the nickname was used with increasing frequency during the late 1930s, the Academy didn't officially use the name Oscar until 1939.
• The Oscar statuette hasn't been altered since his molten birth, except when the design of the pedestal was made taller in 1945.