The origin of the name Oscar has always been disputed. From Bette Davis to Time magazine to Walt Disney and many more, they all have their own claim to naming the Academy Award. Although it will never be solved, we do know that the trophy was officially dubbed the “Oscar” in 1939 by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.
The famous statuette, that has been given out for the last 81 years, is a knight holding a crusader’s sword, standing on a reel of film. The film reel features five spokes, signifying the five original branches of the Academy (actors, directors, producers, technicians and writers).
The “Oscar” was designed by Cedric Gibbons, sculpted by George Stanley and modeled after Emilio Fernández. It is 13½ inches high, weighs 8½ pounds and is made of 92.5% tin, 7.5% copper and is gold-plated.
Since the beginning, 2,701 Oscars have been presented.
Host your own dress-up “Oscar” party
It’s always more fun doing than just watching! This year host your own Oscar Party and invite family and friends to your red carpet gala. It’s show time for you and your guests to show off their best Oscar wear. Here are some ideas to help you plan your own fun party:
- Send out invitations that say, “And the Oscar goes to…”
- Set out a red carpet at the entrance to your home.
- Snap flash photos as guests enter.
- Give everyone a secret movie star name and have others guess who they are by asking questions.
- Make up awards for your guests based on “best dressed”, “most interesting hair”, “flashiest jewellery”.
- Serve sparkling drinks and play music with Oscar-winning songs.
- Play games and award chocolate Oscar statues :
- Give each guest a ballot with Oscar nominations so they can pick the winners.
- Hold an Oscar trivia contest
The Oscar Cocktail
- 1 oz gin
- 1 oz vodka
- ¾ oz cherry brandy
- 1 dash grenadine
- 1 oz pineapple juice
- 1 oz orange soda
- Add ingredients to a snifter filled with ice.
- Garnish with an orange wedge and a stemmed cherry.