12 Golden Facts About Oscar Statuettes to Tell Your Friends

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LOS ANGELES — You can’t have a proper Academy Awards without Oscar, the ceremony’s gold statuette that winners love to kiss

But behind its oh-so-kissable shiny veneer lies a rich history. Below, we’ve detailed 15 facts about the statuette that will impress your friends at your Oscars viewing party March 2.

11. Where did the nickname Oscar come from?

The academy theorizes that the Oscar nickname derived from academy librarian Margaret Herrick, who in the 1930s said the award looked like her uncle named Oscar. Read more…

12. How many were created for this year’s ceremony?

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