WHY ARE THE ACADEMY AWARDS CALLED THE OSCARS?
The most momentous award ceremony for all the film fraternities around the world is the Academy Awards, otherwise known as the Oscars. Being a worldwide phenomenon, this ceremony grabs every eye-ball in the room. Every film celebrity dreams of achieving at least one Oscar in their lifetime. This definitely makes one think, ‘What is it again, the Oscars or the Academy Awards?’
The first Academy Award Ceremony took place in the year 1929 and lasted for just 15 minutes. They were then known only as ‘The Academy Awards’. You may now think, then why ‘The Oscars’? While there will always be speculations running around the room, there is a non-verified story behind the naming of the Academy Awards as the Oscars.
The Academy Awards librarian and eventual executive director, Margaret Herrick, thought that the statuette bore a resemblance to her uncle, Oscar. When she mentioned the same to her colleagues, the staff began to call the figurine ‘Oscar’. This name was then used by a columnist Sidney Skolsky in his column in 1934, which was then adopted by The Academy itself. Since the statuette was named Oscar, the Academy officially began to call their ceremony the ‘Oscars’ from the year 1939.
The first Academy Awards that lasted just 15 minutes.
The 1932 Academy Award which resembled Uncle Oscar.