Oscars: When the Best Actor statuette was to go… to a dog! – Cinema news

The 94th Academy Awards take place on the night of March 27-28. Did you know that the famous dog Rintintin was most seriously considered as the very first recipient of the Oscar…for Best Actor?! Yes Yes !

Oscars: when the best actor statuette was to go... To a dog! - cinema news

On the night of March 27 to 28, for the 94th year, the Oscars ceremony will reward the lucky winners for the respective works on which these film talents have worked.

Since 1929, the precious statuette has been made in 3140 copies. Its measurements have changed very little since its debut in the limelight: nearly 35 cm high, weighs 3 kg without its base, and is still made of a bronze alloy covered with 24 carat gold leaf. . Except during the Second World War, during which it was made for three years with painted plaster, due to restrictions.

It is to Cedric Gibbons, chief artistic director at MGM, that we owe its superb sleek design. Of Irish origin and born to an architect father, he was probably one of the only, if not the only Hollywood executive, to have visited the incredible international exhibition of modern decorative and industrial artsheld in Paris from April to October 1925.

An exhibition which will also have a great influence on him, to the point of having his house built in an Art Deco style for which he will draw the plans, and entrust the construction to a renowned architect at the time, Douglas Honnold.

Designed by Gibbons, under Art Deco influence, the statuette was transformed into a sculpture by an equally talented artist based in Los Angeles, George Stanley. It then represented a knight with a crusader’s sword, placed on a film reel with five rays; each of them representing one of the branches of theAcademy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences (actors, directors, producers, technicians and screenwriters).

But where does this name Oscar come from?

Designated under the official term of Academy Awardthe statuette is best known by its nickname, Oscarsince 1934. The academy itself adopted this nickname in 1939. The origins of it are unclear.

We were thus able to evoke Walt Disney, who would have used this nickname for the first time. The academy has preferred to retain for posterity the little story of Margaret Herrick, the librarian of the Academy, who let go, when she saw the statuette for the first time, that she looked like her uncle, a certain Oscar.

Since 1950, it is no longer possible for a winner or his heirs to sell his Oscar, without having first offered it for resale to the Academy for a symbolic $1. It is that previous rewards are worth small fortunes.

Steven Spielberg, for example, bought the Best Actress Oscar given to Bette Davis in 1938 for the film L’insoumise, for an amount of $578,000. In 2011, Beatrice Welles, daughter of Orson Welles, auctioned off her father’s Oscar he won for Citizen Kane. Prices soared to $861,542…

Rin Tin Tin deprived of Oscar… Best actor!

The first recipient of the Academy Award for Best Actor was Emil Jannings, for two films, Twilight of Glory and When the flesh succumbs. A German actor, he made a brief foray into Hollywood before returning to Germany, where he filmed under the tutelage of Joseph Goebbels in propaganda works for the Third Reich, which definitively torpedoed any chance of continuing his career later.

In 2012, an article by The Guardian evoked a rumor that has been circulating since the beginning of the history of the Oscars, and was that year the subject of a book written by the American journalist and author Susan Orlean: the Oscar given to Emil Jannings was stolen from the dog Rin Tin Tin, yet designated as the best actor!

Brought back from France in 1918 by an American Air Force soldier, this German Shepherd proved to be an exceptionally skilled animal. Performing in various shows, he ended up catching the discerning eye of Darryl Zanuck.

Rintintin will play in a series of thirty westerns produced by the Warner Bros, the first of which was released on the screens in 1923. In 1929, the animal was the headliner of no less than four films. He made the studios happy, who saw the dollars flowing in thanks to him.

A first round of votes by members of theAcademy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, newly created under the auspices of Louis B. Mayer, who runs MGM, would have given the dog Rin Tin Tin the winner for best actor. A vote which would not have sent a good signal, for his first award ceremony with the Oscar… A second round of votes was decided, this time nominating Emil Jannings, even though the popularity of Rin Tin Tin was much more substantial than that of the German actor…

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