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Since tonight is The Academy Awards show I'm a lucky girl that gets to doll up to watch in person), but we all refer to the statue as "Oscar."
To receive an Oscar is the highest honor in Hollywood, and it's been around since May, 1929. (I'm referring to the statuette, but in the beginning, it wasn't called "Oscar." It was simply called "The Statue.") The first full award presentation was at The Academy Awards banquet at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, and less than 250 people were present. After a small start, The Academy Awards became a very popular event and in 1969 until the present, The Academy Award show has been broadcast worldwide.
The Oscar is officially called The Academy Award of Merit. (I never realized until my research, that the Oscar is actually a (naked) knight, with a sword in his hands, standing on a movie reel. Who knew? I mean, I knew he was naked, but I never realized that he was a knight!)
According to the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Oscar is 13 1/2 inches tall, and he weighs a hefty 8 1/2 pounds. Oscar is fashioned from Brittanium, plated with silver, nickel, and copper, and then finished off in an impressive 24-karat gold.
So who is Oscar, and how did he get his name?
Actress Bette Davis, upon receiving her first Academy Award, took a glance at the statuette's rear, and proclaimed something like, "It looks like Oscar's derriere!" (She was referring to her husband, Oscar Nelson, Jr. and his backside.)
Now the whole Academy Awards show is now called "The Oscars." (Not too shabby for a naked knight.)
Posted on Sun, March 2, 2014
by Ms. Dolphina filed under