Who is the Oscar statue modeled after?
The Oscar is said to be modeled after Mexican actor and director Emilio Fernandez. The 8-pound, 24-carat-gold-plated statuette that will be handed out at the Academy Awards Sunday night is said to be modeled after a real man. It might be Emilio, Emilio "El Indio" Fernandez.
According to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the origins of the name are uncertain, but "a popular story has been that an Academy librarian and eventual executive director, Margaret Herrick, thought it resembled her Uncle Oscar and said so; and that the Academy staff began referring to it as Oscar."
- The origin of the name Oscar is disputed. Another claimed origin is the Academy's Executive Secretary, Margaret Herrick, first saw the award in 1931 and made reference to the statuette's reminding her of her "Uncle Oscar" (a nickname for her cousin Oscar Pierce).
- The first Academy Awards ceremony was held in Hollywood on May 16, 1929. The name Oscar was not used for another few years. Emil Jannings was the first Best Actor and Janet Gaynor Best Actress.
- When they pick up their trophies, the winning celebs are toting around 8.5 pounds of metal. Oscar is 13.5 inches (34 centimeters) tall. The Oscar statuettes, officially dubbed the Academy Award of Merit, have a 24-karat gold plating on their surface.
A Grammy Award (stylized as GRAMMY, originally called Gramophone Award), or Grammy, is an award presented by The Recording Academy to recognize achievement in the music industry.
- The Academy's voting members, all involved in the creative and technical processes of recording, then participate in (1) the nominating process that determines the five finalists in each category; and (2) the final voting process which determines the GRAMMY winners.
- Bobbie Gentry was the first woman to win Best New Artist. She took the award for 1967, the year of her classic, "Ode To Billie Joe." In 1967 Ella Fitzgerald became the first woman to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award.
- This marks The Grammy Awards' first return to New York City in 15 years. The 40th annual ceremony were held at Madison Square Garden in 1998 and the 39th Annual Grammy Awards, also held in New York, were held at Radio City Music Hall. The 14 years in between were held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
A stylized figure of a knight holding a crusader's sword standing on a reel of film with five spokes signifying the five original branches of the Academy (actors, directors, producers, technicians and writers).
- The studios still have to pay for the tickets, however, and insiders say the prices went up for the first time in years. The best seats — orchestra, parterre and Mezzanine 1 — sell for $750 a pop. Mezzanine 2 spots cost $375. The nosebleed seats on the top level go for $150.
- Oscar Statue Value as Scrap Metal. If you do decide to break the rules, selling an Oscar statuette for scrap is probably the easiest route. Although don't expect much. The award stands about 13.5 inches high and weighs in at 8.5 pounds.
- Currently, the Academy Award statuettes are made of gold-plated britannium, an alloy that's mostly made of tin. The very first Oscar statuettes were made of gold-plated solid bronze.
Updated: 29th September 2018