Height: 13½ inches Weight: 8½ pounds
Awards Presented So Far: 2,809
First Recipient: Emil Jannings, Best Actor for The Last Command and The Way of All Flesh in 1929
Design: A knight holding a crusader’s sword, standing on a reel of film. The reel's five spokes represent the five original branches of the Academy (actors, directors, producers, technicians, and writers).
Designer: Cedric Gibbons, chief art director, MGM
Sculptor: LA artist George Stanley
"The statuettes presented at the initial ceremonies were gold-plated solid bronze. Within a few years the bronze was abandoned in favor of britannia metal, a pewter-like alloy which is then plated in copper, nickel silver, and finally, 24-karat gold. Due to a metal shortage during World War II, Oscars® were made of painted plaster for three years. Following the war, the Academy invited recipients to redeem the plaster figures for gold-plated metal ones."
The first film to sweep Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, and Screenplay was It Happened One Night—and it didn't happen again until One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Silence of the Lambs.
|Clark Gable & Colette Colbert in Capra's 1934 comedy|