Chicago has been represented at the Oscars since 1982 when R.S. Owens Company started producing them. It’s where dreams are made of 24-carat gold plated britannium on a black metal base, it is 13.5 inches (34cm) tall weighs 8.5 lbs. and value unknown (top secret). It portrays a knight in Art Deco style holding a crusader’s sword standing on a reel of film with five spokes. Each spoke represents the original branches of the Academy: Actors, Writers, Directors, Producers and Technicians.
The origin of the name Oscar has been challenged over many years. Bette Davis claims she named it after her 1st husband in her biography. Louis B. Meyer’s secretary claimed it looked like “King Oscar II” and asked “What should we do with Oscar, put him in the vault?” However the name became official in 1939 by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.
Chicago has another Oscar connection with 3 designers competing with 9 other designers to have their dress chosen to be worn by an awards escort during the Academy Awards airing on Sunday, February 27th 4 p.m. PT.
Our three Chicago designers are: Miriam Cecilia Carlson from Chicago, James De Colon and Borris Powell competing to have their dress chosen. Tune in and root for our Chicago designers.
And the winners are…….