Academy streamlines process for Oscar winners

Tue Feb 9, 2010 10:55pm EST
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By Gregg Kilday

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - This year's Oscar winners won't have to put up with delayed gratification.

Breaking with tradition, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences plans to attach the winners' engraved nameplates to their statuettes at the Governors Ball immediately after the ceremony, which will be broadcast live by ABC on March 7 from the Kodak Theater in Hollywood.

The Academy hands out unmarked Oscars to the winners onstage. In previous years, winners had to bring their trophies to the Academy so the personalized nameplates could be attached.

This year, R.S. Owens, the company that manufactures the Oscar statuettes, will create 197 nameplates in advance, factoring in all the potential winners. Each engraving will include name, category, film title and year.

At the ball, which takes place at the Hollywood & Highland Center next door to the Kodak Theater, the winners will be invited into a specially designed area, where technicians will affix the nameplates to each Oscar.

The unused nameplates will be recycled.

"An Oscar statuette just isn't complete until a nameplate is attached," Academy president Tom Sherak said. "The Governors Ball is the perfect place for Oscar winners to add that final touch as they celebrate their accomplishment and the year's movies."

Jeffrey Kurland, an Academy governor from the art directors' branch and an Oscar nominee for costume design for "Bullets Over Broadway," is chairing the ball, which attracts 1,500 guests.   Continued...