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Who is Oscar and why is he so muscular?


Who is Oscar and why is he so muscular?

WATCH  |   The Oscar statuette is symbolic of the Academy Awards. Here are a couple things you didn't know about the trophy.

Muscular. Golden. Iconic.

The Oscar statue has become the symbol of and practically synonymous with the Academy Awards, but did you know that's not the trophy's real name?

That's right, the statue's official name is the Academy Award of Merit. While the exact origins of its nickname are unclear, rumor has it Oscar is named after Academy librarian Margaret Herrick's real Uncle Oscar.

The Academy formally adopted this more common moniker in 1939.

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Emil Jannings-AP.png (AP)

The first Oscar ever handed out went to Emil Jannings in 1929, who won Best Actor for his performances in "The Last Command" and "The Way of All Flesh."

The original trophies were gold-plated solid bronze, but the Academy quickly ditched the bronze for britannia metal. The statuette is 13.5 inches tall and weighs 8.5 pounds. Oscar stands on a film reel that features five spokes that signify the five original branches of the Academy:

  • Actors
  • Directors
  • Producers
  • Technicians
  • Writers
Oscar statuettes are arranged backstage at the Academy Awards on Feb. 28, 2016 in Los Angeles. (Photo credit: Matt Sayles/Invision/AP.)

In its 89 years, the Academy has handed out well over 3,000 of the highly-coveted trophies.

Wondering why Oscar has such a *muscular* physique?

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Cedric Gibbons-AP.png (AP)

When Academy member Cedric Gibbons first designed the statute, he had film director, screenwriter and actor Emilio Fernandez pose nude.  George Stanley then sculpted it.

The Academy keeps a second set of Oscar statues on hand just in case. Why?

Before the 2000 Oscars, the annual shipment was stolen. And that's not the first case of Oscar thievery -- some 70 trophies have been snatched from their respective owners. Five others have gone missing and then sold without consent.

Vanity Fair reports 67 of these missing Oscars are known to have been found.

Deborah Stoiber at the George Eastman House Louis B. Mayer Conservation Center shows a film positive from the movie Gone With The Wind in Chili, N.Y., Friday April 25, 2008. (AP Photo/David Duprey)

An Oscar statue is only worth about $400, but they've fetched far higher at auction. Michael Jackson once paid $1.5 million for David O. Selznick's "Gone With the Wind" Best Picture award.

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As for the sale of statues, it is illegal to sell Oscar trophies without the Academy's permission. Before doing so, a seller first has to offer it to the Academy for $1.

And the winner is...

With 26 Oscars, Walt Disney holds the record for the most trophies. He's also the most-nominated person ever with 59 nods.

That may not come as much of a shock, but this guy's fortune might. You probably don't know Kevin O'Connell, but he's been nominated 20 times (and counting) for his sound mixing skills for films like "Top Gun," "Armageddon" and "Transformers."

Unfortunately, he holds the record for the most noms without a win.

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