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Why is the "Oscar" named so

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Asked by Neeraj Desai, 30 Aug '07 10:51 am
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Margaret Herrick is generally credited with naming the Academy Award an "Oscar", declaring the statuettes "looked just like my Uncle Oscar."

Others, including Academy President Bette Davis, have claimed they invented the name and named the Oscar after her first husband, bandleader Harmon Oscar Nelson. However, Oscar is name of the small statue which is symbol of the Academy Award.
Answered by Joseph Chacko, 30 Aug '07 11:49 am

 
  
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How the awards statuette came to be known as "Oscar" is not known but it is generally accepted that Katherine Herrion, a future Academy Executive Director, remarked upon seeing the statue that it reminded her of her uncle Oscar and began referring to it by that name. Academy staff followed her lead and the name Oscar has been used ever since. The Oscar itself is a statuette, made by the R.S. Owens Company of Chicago. It is approximately 13.5 inches high and weighs 8.5 pounds. It is made from a copper, silver and nickel alloy and covered with 25-Carat gold. During World War II, the statues were made of plaster. Recipients turned in these plaster statues after the war for golden Oscars. In the 1930's juvenile recipients of the award were given miniature versions and there is one instance where a wooden Oscar was awarded to ventriloquist Edgar Bergen. Walt Disney received seven miniature Oscar statuettes for the film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the first all-animated feature film. ...more
Answered by srini, 30 Aug '07 10:51 am

 
  
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