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This story first appeared in the Feb. 27 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
Pictured at left, from left:
Mary Pickford’s 1930 Oscar
America’s Sweetheart won this, one of hundreds of donated or purchased statuettes in the Academy’s collection, for Coquette.
The 21st Century Oscar
An up-to-date model from AMPAS’ collection. In 87 years, 2,947 of the 8½-pound golden boys have been given out.
The Original Iron Man
This is the 1928 bronze prototype, the world’s very first Oscar, designed by MGM’s famed chief art director Cedric Gibbons.
Billy Wilder’s 1961 Oscar
He won three for The Apartment that year. This one was for original screenplay. (The others were best picture and best director.)
Margaret O’Brien’s 1945 Oscar
Until 1960, the Academy gave out kid-size honorary prizes to child actors. O’Brien, then 8, won hers for Meet Me in St. Louis.
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