The 91st Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, are on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. But why are the Academy Awards sometimes called the Oscars? Its because of that iconic statue, and the mystifying origins of its name.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciencescalls the Oscar statuettethe most recognizable trophy in the world, but the origin story about its name remains a mystery. The most enduring legend about the statuettes name is this: Margaret Herrick, the then-Academy librarian who eventually became the organizations executive director, is said to have remarked upon seeing it for the first time, that the statue resembled her uncle. You can guess his name. So, Uncle Oscar may not be the reason we still call the statuettes by the name, but this myth sure stuck.

Though the first Academy Awards were held in 1929, the nickname wasnt adopted until 1939, according toMental Floss. And if you see an A-list celeb clutching a statue like shes likely to drop it, thats because those little golden guys are plenty hefty. Oscar statuettes are 13 1/2 inch-tall and weigh a heavy 8 1/2 lbs, as they are made from solid bronze and plated in 24 karat gold.

The statutes were originally designed in 1928 by the late Cedric Gibbons, the chief art director at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), who was an Oscar winner in his own right. Nominated38 times, he won11 Oscarsduring his career.

The actual statue sculpting was assigned to the late Los Angeles sculptor George Stanley, who was just 26 years old when he was tapped to create the memorable little man. Stanley was known to be extremely humble; when he was acknowledged at the first Academy Awards ceremony, he hid behind a plant, according toLos Angeles Magazine.

Today, the Academy says is takes about three months to manufacture 50 statues for each years award ceremony. More than 3,100 have been handed over in the past nine decades. As for who will take one home this year? Youll have to tune in to find out.

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