Thursday, March 13, 2003

Oscar insights



Counting down to the 75th anniversary Oscars ceremony March 23:

The Oscars never have been canceled outright, but have been delayed three times: first in 1938, because of a devastating flood; next in 1968, for the funeral of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.; and finally in 1981, after the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan.

The Oscar statue was designed by Cedric Gibbons, chief art director at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and sculpted by Los Angeles artist George Stanley, who was paid $500.

A total of 2,455 competitive, honorary and special Oscars have been presented in the history of the awards.



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