Oscar statuettes are gold, shiny and coveted. Who wouldn’t want one of this little men to adorn their mantlepiece? I’ve seen three Oscar statuettes in my life. One was at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood when I took a tour of the building. Another was at the Frankfurt Film Museum for its exhibit on H.R. Giger (set designer for Alien). The last one I saw was at the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam which I believe was donated by Steven Spielberg. Needless to say they all looked very cool. Here are some fun facts about Hollywood’s most sought after prize.
*Oscar is 13 1/2 inches tall.
*He weighs 8 1/2 pounds!
*2,701 Oscars have been given out in his 82 year history.
*Oscar is modeled after a knight thrusting his sword into a reel of film. The reel has 5 spokes which represent the five original wings of the Academy (directors, producers, actors, writers and technicians).
*In 2000, before the Oscar telecast, dozens of statuettes went missing. Want to know the comical conclusion to the story? Then click here: http://www.nytimes.com/2000/03/21/us/stolen-oscars-discovered-in-a-trash-bin.html?pagewanted=1
Want to know more about how the Oscar statue is made? Click here.