Find out how wartime affected the prestigious awards that are the Oscars.
The Oscar, officially known as the Academy Award of Merit, was born in 1928. The golden statuette shows a knight holding a sword and standing on a film reel. The five spokes of the reel represent actors, writers, directors, producers and technicians.
Through most of Academy Award history, the Oscar statuette was crafted of bronze and plated with 24-karat gold. Due to the scarcity of metal during World War II, however, Oscars awarded during the war were made of plaster. After the war, Oscar winners could swap their temporary plaster Oscars for gold-plated versions. Today, Oscars are made of gold-plated britannium.
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