Did You Know: Because Metal was Scarce During World War II, all Oscars Given Out During the Academy Awards were Made of Wood?

oscarThe Oscars used to be made of bronze but now the statues are made out of britannia metal, a pewter-like alloy which is then plated in copper, nickel silver, and finally, 24-karat gold.

However, due to a metal shortage in World War II, the Academy Awards used painted plaster instead for three years.

When the war was over, the Academy invited everyone who won fake plaster Oscars to have them replaced with real ones made out of metal.

Sometimes people mistakenly believe that the Academy gave out Oscars made out of wood. In fact, only one wooden Oscar was ever given. In 1938, ventriloquist Edgar Bergen received a wooden Oscar for his work with his wooden dummy, Charlie McCarthy.

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