Judge orders mediation over Pickford Oscars


Lawyers will decide who gets these Academy Awards.

A judge has ordered mediation in a lawsuit over two Oscars presented to legendary actress Mary Pickford and a third given to her former husband, Charles "Buddy" Rogers.

A trial would be held next year if the mediation ordered Friday fails.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is suing heirs of Rogers' second wife, Beverly, to prevent the public sale of the statuettes.

The Academy claims that under its bylaws it gets first chance to buy the Oscars for $10 each.

Pickford won the Academy Award for best actress in 1930 for "Coquette." She received an honorary Oscar in 1976. Rogers won a humanitarian award Oscar in 1986.