• Who is Oscar?

    by  • March 3, 2010 • Community Sherpa, Freelance Writing Samples, Writing

    oscarWhen 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.

    emilioThe 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!


    Michael has been writing professionally for print, television and the internet for thirty years. As a Senior Producer at CNN International, he examined the future of technology with dozens of brilliant scientists, philosophers and entrepreneurs on the acclaimed series Future Summit. Before that, in the CNN International newsroom, he helped lead the production of award winning coverage of news like the 9/11 attacks, the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, and the devastating 2004 tsunami in Asia. As a director, he has created a dozen short films in the last seven years. He lives with his wife, dog, four cats and two horses in the suburbs of Atlanta.