Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Academy Award's Oscar Statue and World War II

During World War II The Oscars Given Out Were Made Of Plaster

Years before World War II Oscars used to be made of bronze but, now the statues are made out of Britannia metal. Britannia Metal is a pewter like alloy that is then plated in copper, nickel, silver, and last, 24 karat gold. Due to a metal shortage in World War II the Academy Awards used painted plaster instead of the bronze for three years until the war was over. Thankfully anyone who received a “fake” Oscar during the war had their Oscar replaced with real ones after the war was over.
Another Interesting Fact About The Oscars:
There was once a rumor going around that at one point in time The Academy Awards gave out Oscars made of wood. This is false for the most part. Only one wooden Oscar has ever been given out in the history of The Academy Awards. This Oscar was given to ventriloquist, Edgar Bergen, in 1938. He received the Oscar for his work with his wooden dummy Charlie McCarthy. The Oscar actually had a moving mouth just like a ventriloquist dummy!

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