Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) was founded
in 1927. At the first board of governors meeting, Cedric Gibbons,
who was the art director for MGM, presented the idea that instead
of plaques, medals certificates, or scrolls, something of dignity
and prestige should be presented. He sketched out a rough drawing
of the statuette.
drawing was adopted and sent to a Los Angeles sculptur name George
Stanley who created it.
1928 until 1931, the award was just called 'the statuette'.
are that Bette Davis named it after her first husband, Harmon Oscar
Nelson Jr. but officially story is a little different.
1931 Margaret Herrick, former executive secretary of the Academy,
reported for her first days work as librarian. The 'statuette' was
sitting on the desk. She stated "He reminds me of my Uncle
newspaper columnist was sitting nearby and the next day his syndicated
column contained the line "Employees have affectionately dubbed
their famous statuette 'Oscar'." From that day it's been called
May 6, 1929, first year awards were given for 1927-28 and 11 'Oscars'
'Oscar' is 13 1/2 inches including the pedestal and weighs 8 1/2