While watching the famed Academy Awards, I was wondering about the design of the Oscar Statuette. What exactly was an Oscar holding? What was it made from? Where did the name come from?
Doing a bit of research, I discovered that the statuette is 8.5 pounds and made of solid bronze plated in gold. They stand 13.5 inches tall.
The award was designed by MGM art director Cedric Gibbon and Los Angeles sculptor George Stanley, and resembles a knight standing on a reel of film gripping a crusader’s sword. According to the official Oscar site, the film reel features “five spokes, signifying the five original branches of the Academy: actors, directors, producers, technicians and writers.”