When you tune in Sunday night to see who wins the Oscar for best actor or actress (or whatever), you’ll be seeing lots of 13.5 inch tall, eight and a half pound gold statuettes being handed out.
The design of the Oscar dates back to the first Academy Awards ceremony in 1929. MGM’s Art Director at the time, Cedric Gibbons convince Mexican film director Emilio “El Indio” Fernandez to pose nude for sculptor George Stanley. The design was cast in a mixture of mostly tin with a little copper, the gold plated.
Since 1950, the Academy has required that winners and their heirs not sell the statuettes without first offering to sell them back to the Academy for $1. Refuse that stipulation, and the Academy won’t give the winner their Oscar!