Saturday, February 23, 2013

Holy Grail of Hollywood

Holy Grail of Hollywood


Size: He stands 13.5 inches tall and weighs just 3.85 kilos. The iconic statuette was created in 1929 by the head of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) studios, Louis Mayer.

Designer: It was a Los Angeles artist, George Stanley, who sculpted the first statuette of a knight standing on a reel of film gripping a crusader's sword.

Conditions apply: Engraved on the base of each Oscar is the statuette's individual serial number, together with a plaque telling the owner that it cannot be sold, given or transferred to anyone else without having been offered to the Academy. The Academy has the right to buy them back for $10.

Make: Initially the little figures were made of gold-plated solid bronze, but that was abandoned after a few years for britannia metal, a pewter-like alloy which is then plated in copper, nickel silver, and finally, 24-karat gold.

Cost: Made by Chicago company R.S. Owens, it costs about $18,000 each.

Where does the name come from?

They are officially called Academy Awards of Merit, but the story goes that Academy librarian Margaret Herrick remarked that it resembled her Uncle Oscar. It was officially adopted in 1939.

Courtesy: The Hindu

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