Some say the award was named by the Academy's Executive Secretary, Margaret Herrick, who said that the tiny statue reminded her of a favorite Uncle named Oscar and that is where the name originated back in 1931. Walt Disney is recorded as refering to his award as an "Oscar" during his 1932 acceptance speech. Some say the phrase was coined in Time columnist Sidney Skolsky's article on the 6th Annual Academy Awards in 1934 in reference to the Oscar won by Katharine Hepburn for Best Actress. Skolsky claimed that the name came from an old music hall joke, "Will you have a cigar, Oscar?" Some say that the legendary Bette Davis lays claim to naming the Oscars, naming her statue after her first husband, the band leader Harmon Oscar Nelson in 1936.
Whatever the origin, the Academy itself began using the term "Oscar" itself in 1939. It now owns a trademark on both the term "Oscar" and on the term "Academy Award". The Oscar itself is a unique piece of sculpture with its own interesting histo