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“And the Oscar goes to…” Any prognostic for the 93rd Annual Academy Award? Symbol of Hollywood filmmaking achievement, what do you know about the statuette and the Academy? Let’s catch up about Oscar and reveal some secrets!
Who is Oscar?
Oscar is a 14-karat gold crusader knight standing on a film reel with five spokes. The latest represents the original branches of the Academy: actors, directors, writers, producers, and technicians.
MGM art director Cedric Gibbons and sculptor George Stanley created the trophy in 1928. Academy Award of Merit is the official name of the 8.5 pounds (3.85 kg) and 13.5 inches (34.3 cm) statuette. The nickname Oscar came a few years later when Academy librarian Margaret Herrick mentioned its resemblance with her uncle Oscar.
Since the ’80s, Polich Tallix Fine Art Foundry manufactures the trophies. The production of 50 Oscars requires three months of work.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Since 1929, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honors excellence in filmmaking. This honorary society includes more than 8,000 filmmaking professionals spread over 13 branches.
Annually, the Academy allocates 24 competitive Oscars. Each of the academy members will submit five nominees within their field expertise. As an example, only directors can submit a nomination for best directors. The only exceptions are some categories like the International Feature Film and the Animated Feature Film.
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) tabulates the votes, and the nominees are announced in mid-January. Then, the Academy members will submit their final voting, PWC will count the ballots and seal the results.
The Oscar Campaign
On the road to the Oscars, Studios leverage the quest for the award. Every year, they’re spending over $100 million to lobby their contenders. The Oscar campaign consists of hosting screening & events, advertising, media interview, and more. Ultimately, the Studios influence the voters by bringing awareness, playing favorites, and creating the “perfect” Oscar movie.
For instance, the Oscar campaign for the Star is Born (2018 version) is said to cost ~$20 million. The movie was nominated seven times and received one statuette for the original song.
Winning an Oscar brings recognition, legitimacy, and more money. According to Forbes, box office sales will increase by ~ $15 million for the Best Picture winner.
Oscar Live Night
On May 16th, 1929, celebrities gathered at the Roosevelt Hotel’s Blossom Room. The First Oscar ceremony lasted only 15 minutes as winners were announced three months before.
In the past, the TLC Chinese Theater and the Pantages hosted the prestigious ceremony. Since 2011, the 16,500-square-foot red carpet rolls over the Dolby Theater.
The Top Oscar Winners
Most Oscar nomination: 59 for Walt Disney (26 awards), and 52 for John Williams (5 awards).
Most coveted Oscar for Best Film, Actor, Actress, Director, and Writing: It Happened One Night (1934), One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975), and The Silence of the Lambs (1991).
Most acting nomination: Meryl Streep. She was nominated 17 times for Best Actress and four as a supporting role. She received respectively two and one awards for these nominations.
Most acting Award: Katharine Hepburn with four actress awards (she was nominated 12 times within this category)
Most film nomination: 14 nominations for All about Eve (1950), Titanic (1997), and La La Land (2016). They respectively received six, eleven, and six trophies.
Ready to meet Oscar for the next ceremony?
- Location: Annual live ceremony at the Dolby Theater
- More information available at https://www.oscars.org/
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