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And the Oscar goes to… CovetED: Meet the Oscars.Tuesday 14 February 2017
And the Oscar goes to… Everybody knows what the Oscar is, but what is its origin and story? In the month of the 89th Academy Awards ceremony, let us talk a little bit about the Oscars – not about the ceremony (the winners, the red carpet, the dresses, and much more…) –, but really about the golden statuette that every actor wants to receive.
First of all, it is originally and officially named: Academy Award of Merit. However, we all know it better by “Oscar” and it is told that the origin of this nickname is the uncle of the Academy librarian, Margaret Herrick, whose name was Oscar and who shared some resemblances with the stylized figure of the statuette.
Secondly, the size of it. It heights 13.5inches (about 34.29cm) and weights 8.5pounds (around 3.86kg). It is made in solid bronze and plated in 24-karat gold. It was born along with the formation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1927 and with the institution of an annual award, which was thought to be accompanied by a suitable majestic trophy. Originally designed by the chief art director of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Cedric Gibbons, it was sculpted by the Los Angeles artist, George Stanley. Polich Tallix is responsible for its manufacturing which takes 3 months for 50 statuettes.
But what really represents that small golden man?
In reality, it represents a knight holding a crusader’s sword. The man stands on a reel of film. The five spokes referrer to the five original branches of the Academy (actors, directors, producers, technicians and writers). It was firstly given to Emil Jannings, named Best Actor for his performances in “The Last Command” and “The Way of All Flesh” in 1929. Until now, it was presented 3048 awards.
At last, let us invite you not to miss the ceremony next February 26, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, where 25 categories will be honored. Let the best win!
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