1951 Academy Award"American In Paris" Erwin R. Willis - Keogh Gleason
Set Decoration. The Design of the Academy Award of Merit has changed for
some awards over the years. Some awards with the exception of "Major"
awards such as best acting and best picture, were issued in a plaque design
such as this 1937 Best Supporting Actress Award. This design is still used
today for Scientific and-Engineering Awards.
Prior to 1945 the base of the Oscar was
shorter and made of marble.
In 1945 the base was raised and
changed to metal.
Academy Awards Vintage Mini-Oscar Table Decoration.
This miniature Oscar table decoration from an
unspecified event has a small plaque on the front
stating "Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
First Award Columbia Pictures for the Best Picture of
the Year," and a second plaque on the back stating
"15th Anniversary Columbia Pictures 1920-1935." It
measures 6" in height, with a 2.5" base.
Collectors have reported the Academy denies
sanctioning this items manufacture.
Auction prices realized
2008 Heritage Auctions - $1,912.00
2011 Ebay - $6500.00
1944 Paramount Pictures
Academy First Award to Paramount Pictures Inc. For the Best
Production in Short Subject One Reel Classification.
"Who's Who in Animal Land" Jerry Fairbanks -Producer
James Stewart's Best Actor Oscar for
"The Philadelphia Story"
Photo Credit James Stewart Museum
1934 Clark Gable Oscar Base "It Happened One Night"
Historic Academy Awards - Oscars
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The War Years: Plaster Oscars
During World War II, Oscar like the majority of americans supported the war
effort. As a result of metal shortages Oscar statuettes issued between 1942
and 1945 were made of plaster. The temporary statuettes were later replaced
after the war with the gold plated metal ones. Up until 1984 the Academy
believed it had obtained all of the plaster Oscars back with the exception of
one. This is when a second plaster wartime Oscar was brought to the
Academies attention. Neil McDonald, author of "War Cameraman", "the
Story Of Damien Parer", visited the headquarters of the Academy of Motion
Picture Arts & Sciences in Los Angeles in 1984 and amazed Academy Award
officials with his revelation about the second existing plaster Oscar.
Apparently, they all came back, except two. "The Oscar for "Kokoda Front
Line" was sent from Hollywood to the famous Australian film maker Ken G.
Hall, the producer of the Kokoda documentary, one of the four winners in the
special wartime documentary section in 1943. "I made a casual inquiry about
the plaster Oscars handed out during the war," said McDonald, "and they said
they had got them all back except one and they gave me the details and were
still trying to get it, if it still existed.
"I told them there was one other back home in Australia and they were quite
shocked. They said it definitely had to come back and seemed quite insistent.
"A letter was then sent to Ken Hall, but he again refused to hand it over."
In 1949 the Academy began numbering the Oscar statuettes starting with
#501, this number is not known to have any specific significance.
Alice Brady's 1937 Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for In Old
Chicago. In 1936, Alice Brady received her first Oscar nomination, for Best
Supporting Actress in the classic Depression satire My Man Godfrey, costarring
William Powell and Carole Lombard. The following year, she won the Academy
Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Mrs. O'Leary in
20th Century-Fox's In Old Chicago (1937), co-starring Tyrone Power and Alice
Faye, but she never laid her hands on the original famed statuette. In her
absence (due to a broken ankle), a stranger walked onto the stage, accepted
the award, then disappeared without a trace. Shortly after the Academy issued
a replacement, Alice tragically died of cancer at age 46. Most accounts
erroneously state that Alice died before receiving her award, however, a
clipping included in the lot features a photo of Charles Winninger and Alice,
holding the replacement award, more than likely shot on the set of their 1938
comedy Goodbye Broadway. This Oscar Sold for: $59,750.00 in October 2008.
Post war plaque Oscar
This Oscar plaque recently was sold on ebay. The name plate was missing so
it is not identifiable as to whom the award belonged to. Also the base of the
award has been replaced with wood, it would have been marble.
Mini Table Oscar from 11th Annual Academy
Awards. Inscribed around the bottom "Eleventh
Annual Awards, Academy of Motion Picture Arts
and Sciences". A book that describes the specifics
of each ceremony (inside Oscar by Damon Wiley
& Damien Bona, 1986) has a description in the
book (pages 89, 90, 91) with a descripton of the
Eleventh Annual Academy Awards that describes
the paperweights at each place setting.
Bing Crosby with his 1945 Plaster Oscar for "Going My Way"