Since the initial awards banquet on May 16, 1929, in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel’s Blossom Room, 2,809 statuettes have been presented.
The official name of the statuette is Academy Award® of Merit.
The statuette is 13½ inches tall and weighs 8½ pounds.
Due to a metal shortage during World War II, Oscars® were made of painted plaster for three years.
The film reel features five spokes, signifying the five original branches of the Academy: actors, directors, producers, technicians and writers.
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