The Oscar Statuette
Arguably, the most recognised award in the world, the Oscar statuette has stood on the mantels of the greatest filmmakers since 1929.
Oscar Statuette. Credit ©A.M.P.A.S.®
Official Name – Academy Award® of Merit
Height – 13½ inches
Weight – 8½ pounds
Number Presented – 2,809
Designer – Cedric Gibbons, Chief Art Director at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Manufacturing Time – 3-4 Weeks for 50 Statuettes
- Once presented with an Oscar, the recipient is encumbered by the requirement that they themselves or their heirs cannot sell the statue without first offering the Academy the option to buy it for US$1. If the recipient refuses this, the Academy keeps the statue.
So don’t expect to see Jennifer Lawrence’s statuette on ebay anytime soon.
- Director, screenwriter and actor, Emilio Fernandez posed nude to inspire the Oscar design.
- The Academy theorises that the Oscar nickname derived from academy librarian, Margaret Herrick, who in the 1930s said that award looked like her uncle named Oscar.
- Depending on the number of nominees and the maximum amount of Oscars that could be won, there are up to 50 statuettes created for each awards ceremony. Those that are left over at the end of the night are stored away in the Academy vault until next year’s ceremony,
- The Oscar statuette stands on a film reel with five spokes, representing the original branches of The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences; Actors, directors, producers, technicians and writers.
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The Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award Statue. Credit HFPA
Official Name – Golden Globe Award
Height – 10¾ inches
Weight – 5½ pound
Designer – Society Awards, New York
- Each Golden Globe Award is individually hand-finished and presented in red velvet lined, leather bound chest with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association logo stamped in gold.
- It has a 24-karat gold-plated zinc die cast top.
- Society awards redesigned the statuette in 2008 to give it a new marble base and adjust the metal top to improve durability and aesthetics.
- The top of the award is a globe wrapped in a film strip.
- The marble for the stand is sourced from Europe and each individual award is hand carved to perfection.
Image via www.kingroomentertainment.com.
The Golden Globes 2014 will return this Sunday, with Jennifer Lawrence, Leonardo DiCaprio and Bryan Cranston all expected to sweep up the main awards before next months Baftas, closely followed by the Oscars in early March.
Mark Wahlberg’s new film Lone Survivor, which tells the story of four US Navy Seals on an ill-fated mission in Afghanistan, is due for release on Friday and has already been highly recommended by critics.
And finally, Vue cinema are offering a free kids ticket to families attending showings of Walking with Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie, which will be redeemable from Sunday 12th January until Thursday the 27th February. For more info visit the “MyVue” website here.