JUNE, 2017
Time Turner
Uncle Oscar.
Made by Achintya Vajpeyi

The graceful gait down that star-studded path – lined with a hundred camera lenses, those exuberant cheers echoing around the course inducing a sense of accomplishment in the ones sauntering down that route, those prepossessing regal gowns and suits captivating every eye that looks upon them, those adorned interview booths waiting to reveal the obscured fret and nervousness inside every heart that lays foot there and the television screens all across the world tuned in to just one channel eagerly doting on knowing what those enigmatic red envelopes contain – this is but a microscopic view of the initiation of the most prestigious award ceremony in the world – The Oscars.

It all started on the 16th of May, 1929. The Academy awards, brainchild of Louis B. Mayer, head of the powerful MGM film studios, were hosted for the first time in the form of a dinner party. During that era, only silent pictures were awarded with the gold-plated solid bronze. A few of the notable features of this ceremony were its total duration of a mere fifteen minutes and the announcement of the winners before the ceremony itself.

The Academy Awards officially started using the nickname of Oscar for its awards in 1939.

A popular but unconfirmed story about the source of the name holds that the Academy Executive director Margaret Herrick remarked that the statuette resembled her uncle Oscar. And there it was.

This 13.5 inches tall and 8.5 pounds heavy statuette representing a knight is certainly the Param Vir Chakra of the film industry. The statuettes are solid bronze and plated in 24-karat gold. Here’s a Fun Fact- Due to a metal shortage during World War II, Oscars were made of painted plaster for three years. Following the war, the Academy invited recipients to redeem the plaster figures for gold-plated metal ones. One can only try and comprehend their value as an award by the fact that this statuette is not allowed to be sold by law. The Academy itself has the first dibs on any Oscar sales and the only price that it will pay for it is $10.

From the issue of the Annual Class Photo till the very end of the ceremony, the Oscars happen to seize the world like a hurricane. Every media platform on the seven continents, introspects, speculates and deduces various conclusions regarding the results and the proceedings of the event. While nobody can deny that the films awarded by the Academy are not usually, so to say, the Box office hits but they certainly become exceptional after the conferment of this honour.

Today, with 89 ceremonies having been organized and approximately 3048 statuettes having been presented, Oscars are the benchmark for the film industry. The most coveted award recognized in the entire world, the Academy Awards have no match.
Muskaan Malhotra

Muskaan Malhotra

Time Turner


Intrigued by the Indian political system, Muskaan is a MUN enthusiast, an avid debater, a dilettante baker, a history buff and a tireless blabber. A staunch believer in the principle that life is as difficult as you make it, she is the sort of person who prides herself in being an optimist. Aspiring to be Sheldon Cooper, she possess the potential of making a world record in babbling about various television series all day long.

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