The 2023 Oscar Awards in their 95th edition are held this Sunday and as often happens, questions arise about the origin of the name of this important event for the film industry.
The Oscars 2023 in its 95th edition, they are held this Sunday and, as often happens, questions arise about the origin of the name of this important event for the film industry.
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The striking thing is that there are many versions of the name of the Oscar awards. One of the most powerful among those who know in depth the history of this award is the one that refers to the librarian of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Margaret Herrick, who first saw the statuette in 1931 and said it resembled her uncle named Oscar. After that moment, everyone at the Academy began to call the award by that name and in 1939 it would become official.
Another of them is that “Oscar” is due to the nickname of a renowned boxer of the time named Oscar Battling Nelson. There are also those who think that the name is due to a famous expression from the 1930s that was “Whoopee! It’s Oscar night”, which was used to celebrate awards in the film industry.
However, there are other theories as well. There are those who maintain that the name is due to the fact that at the time it was intended to refer to the irish language to baptize the famous prizes. In that language, Oscar means “beloved” and the members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences wanted to represent in some symbolic way the affection they felt towards the recognition of excellence that is achieved with cinema.
Beyond the different versions and where the name came from, the important thing is that it will once again be a historic night where actors, actresses, directors and different workers from the film industry will see their names and their work being recognized by the Academy. And for those who ultimately fail to win, being nominated is enough to stand out.
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