Oscars Name Change? The Academy Awards, A History
Will the Oscars encounter a name change in the near future? How did the Oscars get their name? Why Do we call the Academy Awards "Oscars"? These are the questions that haunt me at night. Just kidding. Well, sort of. Upon a random search when lurking the depths of the internet, I stumbled across an "article" that basically said that the Oscars changed their name to the Jessies. An Oscar name change? Unlikely. But, it had me thinking about the origins of the Oscars and how they came to be from the Academy Awards. So, time for a history lesson kids! And also a brief answer on if the Oscars will ever be called the Jessies.
Are The Oscars Changing Their Name To The Jessies?
So, are the Oscars becoming the Jessies? No. Let's get real. The Oscars are not getting a name change. The Oscars are not changing it up. Why would they when they have the name recognition already? And as hilarious as the idea might be, the article that inspired this search was from The Babylon Bee, which is a satirical website that is known for creating stories similar to The Onion.
So, why are the Oscars called the Oscars? Let's get down to it!
Oscars Origin: How Did The Oscars Get Their Name?
In 1927, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was formed. Two years later, the organization held its first awards ceremony to commemorate the greatest films of the year! So, where did the origin of the Oscar name begin? The trophy, of course, which isn't even officially called an Oscar. Can you believe it? The official name of an Oscar is the Academy Award of Merit.
According to the Academy website, the origins of the nickname for the award are unclear. However, as legend has it, the Academy librarian, Margaret Herrick, thought that the statuette looked like her Uncle Oscar when she saw it for the first time. While the Academy didn't officially adopt the nickname until 1939, everyone in Hollywood already called the award "Oscar" by 1934. Funny, right?
What Is An Oscar Made Of? Oscar Height And Weight
Ever wondered how tall an Oscar is? How about how much it weighs? Well, according to the Academy website, an Oscar stands at about 13.5 inches and weight 8.5 pounds. Now, that's an intense award. So, what is an Oscar made of? Clearly something heavy. Well, each statue is made of solid bronze and plated in 24-karat gold.
Fun Fact: During World War II, the Oscars were painted plaster for three years due to a metal shortage. After the war, the Academy gave recipients the option to get the real bonze and gold-plated awards.
Who Designed The Oscar Award?
The Oscar was designed by Cedric Gibbons. But, what is the Oscar supposed to be? While we wish it were modeled after Uncle Oscar, the Academy Award of Merit was meant to look like a knight holding a sword that was "standing on a reel of film with five spokes signifying the five original branches of the Academy (actors, directors, producers, technicians and writers). No model was used during the design process."
The sculptor of the award was George Stanley from Los Angeles.
How Long Does It Take To Make An Oscar?
According to the Academy website, it takes 3 months to make only 50 statuettes.