Sunday night, literally everyone in the world will be glued to the television to watch the 82nd Academy Awards ceremony, commonly known as the Oscars.
The Academy Award was officially nicknamed the “Oscar” in 1939. But the origin of the name itself remains a mystery. Some of the possible origin stories include:
Margaret Herrick, the Academy’s Executive Secretary allegedly said the statue reminded her of her cousin Oscar.
A biography of former Academy President Bette Davis says she called the statue “Oscar” after her first husband, Harmon Oscar Nelson.
And Norwegian-American Eleanor Lilleberg, who worked for Louis B. Mayer, allegedly claimed the statue looked like Norwegian King Oscar when she saw it the first time.
So far, 2,744 of the golden statuettes have been handed out for 1,798 awards. 297 of them went to actors.