Academy makes changes to Oscar statuettes

The 88th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 28, at the Dolby Theater.

Making of the Oscar StatuettesPolich Tallix Fine Art Foundry, a company based in New York will exclusively create the iconic Oscar statuettes going forward.

The statuettes will now be hand-cast in bronze before receiving its 24-karat gold finish and resemble the one from the 1920s.

“With the help of some 21st century technology, we’re able to honor the Oscar’s proud beginnings,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs.  “The new statuette exemplifies impeccable craftsmanship and the enduring nature of art.”

Each wax statuette is coated in a ceramic shell that is cured and fired at 1,600°F, melting the wax away and leaving an empty Oscar-shaped form.  The statuettes are then cast in liquid bronze at more than 1,800°F, cooled, and sanded to a mirror polish finish. The time required to produce 50 statuettes in this manner is about three months.

At a height of 13.5 inches and weight of 8.5 pounds, the new Oscar retains the basic physical characteristics of its immediate predecessor, which had been made by Chicago-based R.S. Owens & Company since 1982.  The Academy will continue its long relationship with R.S. Owens to service existing statuettes and create other awards for the Academy, including plaques for its annual Scientific and Technical Awards.MTO Opening

Actors likely to receive one of these statuettes on Oscar Sunday include Bryan Cranston, Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, Brie Larson, Jennifer Lawrence, Charlotte Rampling, Eddie Redmayne and Saoirse Ronan who are all nominated for Oscars in lead roles. Supporting actor and actress nominees are Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rooney Mara, Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Sylvester Stallone and Alicia Vikander.

The 88th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 28, at the Dolby Theater at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.

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