The Facts about the OSCAR Statuette
The Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences issues their statue the OSCAR each year in different categories. Here are some facts about the award itself
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- designed by MGM's chief art director Cedric Gibbons, depicts a knight holding a crusader's sword, standing on a reel of film with five spokes, signifying the original branches of the Academy: Actors, Writers, Directors, Producers, and Technicians.
- Frederic Hope, Gibbons' assistant, created the original Belgian black marble base
- artist George Stanley sculpted the design; and the California Bronze Foundry hand cast the first statuette in bronze plated with 24-karat gold.
- Oscar's height: 13 1/2 inches
- Oscar's weight: 8 1/2 pounds
- Number of Oscars presented at Academy Awards
- shows or to winners absent from show to date: 2,365
- Number of eligible categories in 1927: 13
- Number of eligible categories in 2002: 25
- How many people it takes to make a statuette: 12
- How long it takes to make a statuette: 20 hours
- Number of Oscars manufactured each year: 50-60
- How many Oscars have been refused: 3
- Number of decorative prop Oscar statues: 65
- Smallest decorative prop Oscar statue: 1-¢ feet
- Tallest decorative prop Oscar statue: 24 feet
- Since 1928 years would pass before the Academy Award of Merit was officially named "Oscar." Industry insiders and members of the press called the award "the Academy statuette," "the golden trophy" or "the statue of merit
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