Oho didn’t wonder where the famous was Oscar statuette takes its name? Everyone knows it’s the most prestigious award in cinema, but why Oscar? The origin of the name of the statuette is unknown and has never been specified, even by the Academy. However, some theories have circulated that may explain it.
The myth behind Oscar’s name
One of the most widely circulated stories in the film industry is that when Margaret Herrickexecutive secretary of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciencessaw the award, it reminded him of his uncle Oscar, and the comment spread through the columnist Sidney Skolsky, who was present at the time and used this reference for his society articles. Although the Academy did not officially adopt the nickname until 1939, Skolsky used it in an article referring to by Katherine Hepburn first prize for best actress in 1934.
Another story circulating is the one told in the biography of the actress Bette Davis. She declares that the statuette bears the name of her first husband, Oscar Nelson. But first, let’s go back to the beginnings of the world’s most famous statuette to find out.
The story behind the Oscar
the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences organized a dinner in the Crystal Ballroom at the Biltmore Hotel to downtown Los Angeles shortly after its formation in 1927 to establish its goals. Among the topics discussed that night was how best to recognize and encourage excellence in all aspects of filmmaking by honoring outstanding achievement in filmmaking.
When the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences agreed to create an annual award in 1927, it set about designing a trophy that captured the magnificence it wanted to portray. It is, after all, Hollywood’s greatest trophy.
Cedric Gibbonsartistic director at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, created a statuette of a knight standing on a film reel holding a crusader’s sword. The Academy commissioned a sculptor from Los Angeles george stanley to create the three-dimensional drawing. As a result, the world famous statuette was born.
Nearly a century after that auspicious reunion in Hollywood, the Oscar’s success as a symbol of cinematic achievement will likely surprise diners, as will its designer, Cedric Gibbons.
Where does Oscar’s name come from?
The award had no name at first, it was simply dubbed “The Statuette of the Academy”, “The Golden Trophy” or “The Statuette of Merit” by the press and industry. The origin of the name of these prizes is shrouded in legend.
However, it is widely believed that Cedric Gibbons collaborator, sculptor George Stanley, is said to have modeled the statue after a Mexican model and actor. Emilio “El Indio” Fernandez.
Sidney Skolski, a writer from Los Angeles, also claimed to be the originator of the well-known nickname. Skolsky, a contemporary of the gossip columnists Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsonsaid Marilyn Monroe find his place in his career, fueled the legend that Lana Turner was discovered at Schwab Pharmacyand wrote an annual Oscar Predictions column until his death.
Sklosky’s nickname for Oscar was much more derogatory, according to Sklosky, than Herrick’s. Sensing the pomp and grandiosity of the 1934 Oscars, he mocks them and attempts to deflate their pomp and grandiosity. In this version, “Oscar” refers to Oscar Hammerstein Sr.
As the owner of a Broadway theater, the senior Hammerstein was sometimes most touched by a vaudeville comedian’s joke, the punchline always being, “Would you like a cigar, Oscar?” Skolsky was able to incorporate the reference into his reporting.
It seems fitting that there isn’t just one story to name Hollywood’s most prestigious award. Whichever version of the story you believe in, Oscar has become a part of Hollywood history and the industry standard of quality. In a city full of rivalries, competitions and animosity, Oscar remains one of the best known and most beloved names in show business.