In this week’s Trivia Thursday, let us explore the History of Oscars.
The Academy Awards have been officially called Oscars since 1939. The etymology behind the naming is uncertain.
It is rumoured that Academy librarian Margaret Herrick who went on to become its executive director, thought the statue resembled her ‘Uncle Oscar’.
A Knight Called Oscar
Art Director Cedric Gibbons designed the Oscar statuette, which was sculpted by George Stanley. With a height of 34.3 cm and weight of 3.856 kg, the Oscar statue is made of Bronze with 24K gold-plating. The statue depicts a knight holding a crusader’s sword standing on a reel of film with five spokes. The five spokes represent the original branches of the Academy: Actors, Writers, Directors, Producers, and Technicians.
Oscar Made of Plaster
Due to a metal shortage during World War II, Oscars were made of painted plaster for three years. Following the war, the Academy invited recipients to redeem the plaster figures for gold-plated metal ones.
Some Oscar Records!
With 26 Oscars and 59 nominations, Walt Disney holds the records for winning most no. of Academy Awards.
Kathryn Bigelow is the first female director to win the Best Director Award for The Hurt Locker (2008). She defeated her ex-husband James Cameron that year, who was nominated for Avatar (2009).
The Big Five Academy Awards (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Actress) have only been won by 3 movies in history: It Happened One Night (1934), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, (1975) and The Silence of the Lambs (1991).
The 88th awards ceremony became the target of a boycott, popularized on social media with the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite, based on critics’ perception that its all-white acting nominee list reflected bias.
Pwc At Oscars?!
Since 1935, PricewaterhouseCoopers (then known as Price Waterhouse) has been appointed for tabulating votes for the various Academy Awards.
What is Oscar Bait?
Oscar bait is a term used in the film community for movies that appear to have been produced for the sole purpose of earning nominations for the Oscars. They are usually released just in advance of Oscar season so as to meet the minimum eligibility requirements for the awards and be fresh in the minds of Oscar voters.\
Take a look at our last week’s Trivia Thursday here: How Nintendo Evolved