Photography by Chris Roque
All entertainment fans in West Hollywood and around the globe will be eagerly watching the 89th Academy Awards ceremony on Feb. 26, but there is a storied history to how the coveted Oscar, and material, is produced.
The original Oscar statuette was sculpted in 1928 by Los Angeles artist George Stanley. The first statuettes were cast in bronze by Guido Nelli at the California Bronze Foundry. For the past 33 years, the statuettes have been manufactured at a Chicago trophy company, where they were cast in Britannia metal and gold plated. The statuette’s base was made of black nickel-plated spun brass.
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