This page is a tribute to "The Academy Awards", sometimes referred to as the Oscars. The Academy Award is the main national film award in the USA. Once a year "Oscar Fever" hits Hollywood, when Actors, Directors, Producers, Writers, Editors, Cinematographers and anybody and everybody connected to film production come together to attend the annual "Academy Award Presentations". Millions of movie lovers and cinemagoers from around the world tune in to their TV sets to see who will win the famous gold statuettes. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a professional honorary organization composed of over 6,000 motion picture craftsmen and women who stage the event to recognize excellence in film-making achievement.
The Oscar statuette, made from copper, nickel silver and gold was designed by Cedric Gibbons and sculpted by Los Angeles artist George Stanley. It stands 13-1/2 inches tall and weighs 8-1/2 pounds and depicts 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.
It is not clear how "Oscar" received his nickname but a popular story is that Margaret Herrick, an Academy employee once remarked that the statuette resembled her Uncle Oscar. Soon Academy staff began to refer to it by that name, however it wasn't until 1939 that the Academy began to use the name officially. The award ceremonies have been held in a variety of places over the years including "The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion", "The Pantages Theatre", "The Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium", "The Biltmore Hotel", "The Santa Monica Civic Auditorium", "The Ambassador Hotel", Grauman's Chinese Theatre, "The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel" and in 2002 for the first time at "The Kodak Theatre" in Hollywood.