What Is an Oscar Award?

Answer An Oscar is Hollywood's highest honor, an award given to the best films and filmmakers each year. These awards, also known as the Academy Awards, are given out during a televised, star-studded gala... Read More »

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What is an oscar award made of?

The Oscar statuette is made of a metal mixture called Britannia. Britannia is made up of 93 percent tin, 5 percent antimony, and 2 percent copper. The Oscar is coated in a 24-karat gold plating. It... Read More »

How did the award called Oscar get its name?

It's officially called the "Academy Award of Merit," and it may be the single most recognizable trophy on the planet. At under 14 inches tall, the award's recipients are chosen by a vote of the Ac... Read More »

Who was the first African American to win an Oscar award?

According to Turner Classic Movies, Hattie McDaniel was the first African American performer to win an Oscar. She won Best Supporting Actress for her role in the 1939 film, "Gone With the Wind".Sou... Read More »

Who is the Academy Award Oscar named after?

The most popular explanation for why the Academy Award is called "Oscar" came from academy librarian-turned-executive director Margaret Herrick, who upon seeing it for the first time compared the a... Read More »