Who is Oscar?

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On Sunday February 24th, the Oscars will be handed out to those who have achieved success in film.   I started wondering why winners of the Academy Awards are given this strange gold statue of a man? Why is the statue called “Oscar?”  

The award is officially called the “Academy Award of Merit.” Since 1929, over 3,000 people have won an Oscar.

No one really knows why or how “Oscar” got his name. There are two theories.  According to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences website, Librarian Margaret Herrick remarked that the statue looked like her Uncle Oscar.

Another theory is that journalist Sidney Skolsky called the statue “Oscar” when Katharine Hepburn won Best Actress in 1934.  

The one thing that is fact, is that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences started calling the Statue “Oscar” in 1939.

Here are some facts I learned in my research about this prestigious award:

Oscar

The statue is not solid gold.  It is bronze and only plated with 24-karat gold.  

MGM art director Cedric Gibbons is the one who designed the statue to resemble a knight.  To this day statues are made holding a sword as a tribute to Gibbons original design.

Each statue is 13½ inches tall.  They are heavier than I imagined as well, weighing 8 ½ pounds.

Due to a metal shortage during WWII, Oscars were made out of plaster.  

One “Oscar” takes 10 days to make.  

Today, the Polich Tallix art foundry in New York is the one who makes the statues.  They were made in Chicago by R.S. Owens until 2016.

The winners are kept private.  The plaques are not affixed to the statue until after the award ceremony to ensure that word does not get out about a winner.

It is very popular today for stars to kiss Oscar when they win him.  Did you know that the first star to give “Oscar” a kiss was Audrey Hepburn in 1954?

If you are interested in what movies and stars have been nominated for this year, you can click here for a full list.      

Happy Viewing 🙂

Binge Watching Favorites

One of my favorite things to do is to binge watch a television show.  I have been known to get so involved in a series that I watch all of the episodes in a series over a weekend.   I usually do this using a streaming service or with DVD’s.

Did you know that the Aurora Public Library District has many DVD’s available for our patrons use? I just recently became aware that videos are also available for streaming through the Indiana Digital Download Center as well.  You can watch these from a smartphone, tablet or even from a computer.  

If you have never used Overdrive or are not familiar with how it works, bring in your device and the staff at the Aurora or Dillsboro Libraries would be happy to assist you in getting this set up.

One popular series that is available through Overdrive is Season 1 of Highlander

Highlander Season 1

Season 1 of Highlander is available through Overdrive.  This series follows the adventures of immortal Scotsman Duncan MacLeod.

Another popular series for binge watching is Game of Thrones

This show is based from George R.R. Martin’s fantasy book series called “A Song of Ice and Fire.” The first book is called “Game of Thrones”.   Seasons 1 – 7 are available at the Aurora Library.

Parks and Recreation is a political satire television series.  The show takes place in a fictional Indiana town.  

Parks and Recreation

Seasons 1-4 of Parks and Recreation is available at the Aurora Library.

Breaking Bad tells the story of a high school chemistry teacher who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer.  He turns to a life of crime in order to leave his family with money when he dies.  

Breaking Bad

Seasons 1-6 of Breaking Bad is available at the Aurora Library.

Twin Peaks was an early 90’s mystery horror drama series.  The series follows the investigation to the death of a small town homecoming queen and the supernatural events surrounding the murder.  

Twin Peaks Season 1

Season one of Twin Peaks is available at the Dillsboro Library.

Orphan Black is the story of a woman who assumes a look alikes identity.  She discovers that she is a clone and that there are more out there like her.  

Orphan Black

Seasons 1-5 of Orphan Black are available at the Aurora Library

These are only a few of the television series available to choose from.  Please stop in either the Aurora or the Dillsboro branches to take a look at what we have to borrow.

What are your favorite shows to watch?  We would love to hear in the comments below!

Happy Viewing!  🙂

Donate Your Old Books

Do you have old books? Books that you haven’t read in years? Books that someone gave you that you have no intention of ever reading? Running out of book shelf space? Needing to get rid of some old magazines?

Look no further! Donate to the Aurora Public Library or the Dillsboro Public Library today! We’ll take anything from hardback books to magazines! We don’t take textbooks, but we do take donated movies or cds. The items are looked over and some are integrated within our collection and others are sent to the Dillsboro Public Library and placed in the book sale we have there throughout the year. We hold a dollar a bag every third Friday and Saturday!

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