13 Facts About Academy Award


Academy Award was originally sculpted by George Stanley from a design sketch by Cedric Gibbons.

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In 1940, the Los Angeles Times announced the winners before the ceremony began; as a result, the following year the Academy Award started using a sealed envelope to reveal the names of the winners.

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Academy Award had to return to Europe before the ceremony, so the Academy agreed to give him the prize earlier; this made him the first Academy Award winner in history.

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In 2016, the Academy Award returned to bronze as the core metal of the statuettes, handing manufacturing duties to Walden, New York-based Polich Tallix Fine Art Foundry.

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Academy Award officially adopted the name "Oscar" for the trophies in 1939.

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Until 2010, winners returned their statuettes to the Academy Award and had to wait several weeks to have their names inscribed on their respective Oscars.

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The Academy Award earned enforcement of its statuette contract by gaining a permanent injunction against the sale.

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Academy Award membership is divided into different branches, with each representing a different discipline in film production.

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In May 2011, the Academy Award sent a letter advising its 6, 000 or so voting members that an online system for Oscar voting would be implemented in 2013.

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In 2021, for the 2022 Oscars, the Academy Award banned all physical screeners and in-person screenings, restricting official membership viewing to the Academy Award Screening Room.

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The Academy Award has produced condensed versions of the ceremony for broadcast in international markets in more desirable local timeslots.

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In 2010, the Academy contemplated moving the ceremony even further back into January, citing TV viewers' fatigue with the film industry's long awards season.

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William Friedkin, an Academy Award-winning film director and former producer of the ceremony, expressed this sentiment at a conference in New York in 2009, describing it as "the greatest promotion scheme that any industry ever devised for itself.

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