Historical journey of a prestigious statue named Oscar

This golden statue is the dream of many generations of actors around the world. Let’s learn the secrets hidden inside this prestigious golden statue. The Oscar statue was officially born at the awards ceremony of the American Film Academy in Los Angeles in 1928. But Oscar is not the first name of this prestigious film award. The official name of the award is the Academy Award of Merit.

To this day, people still cannot know exactly who named this golden statue. The first design of the Oscar statue was given by MGM artistic director Cedric Gibbons. But the person who concretizes Gibbons’ ideas is the sculptor George Stanley.

During World War II, due to lack of metal, Oscar statues were made of plaster for 3 years. After the war, the Organizing Committee invited the prize recipient to return the gilded metal statue, and at the same time receive the plaster statue. To get the perfect statues, the producers have to go through 17 meticulous and very sophisticated stages.

Work begins when a manufacturer melts a premium alloy in a furnace at a very high temperature. After coming out of the oven, the statue is carefully poured into the steel mold, tilted slowly so that the molten metal can fill up the mold.

Then, if it’s not perfect as desired, people pour it, cook again and start from scratch. It is hard to believe that there is only one mold for the manufacture of statues. It took 3 months, 50 gold statues were completed.

Eventually the Oscar statues are packed and shipped to Los Angeles, ready for the biggest event of the year. Oscar statues are often left over from the number of awards in each show. The reason is that the exact number of gold statues is known only on the evening of the awards ceremony. The tournament organizers will preserve the excess pictures for future use.