Welcome to Wiser Now’s weekly email blast which reflects our eclectic interests and, we hope, yours. This week, our focus is on Oscars and all things golden, prompted in part by the recent recovery of a Gustav Klimt painting. The recovered canvas is nothing like golden glory of his famous “The Kiss” pictured here, but it is an opportunity to see the artist in a new light. We also recently witnessed the Golden Globe awards, and the Academy Awards that feature a golden Oscar are less than two weeks away.

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The Quote

Two quotes from two Oscars that I like very much:

"I just couldn't write anything without hope in it."
~ Lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II (Oklahoma!, South Pacific, The King and I, The Sound of Music)

"Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one."
~ Oscar Wilde

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The Quirky Observation

Gold as a preferred color implies affluence, material wealth, and extravagance, and on some websites, arrogance. As a metal, it’s cold, but it’s visually warm and its namesakes have many warm connotations. Think:

  • gold standard
  • as good as gold
  • a heart of gold
  • worth one's weight in gold
  • golden opportunities
  • The Golden Rule
  • Golden Age
  • Golden Hours (dawn and twilight)
  • Golden Shores (Emma Lazarus’s Statue of Liberty poem)
And do warm thoughts come when you think about golden retrievers, golden raisins, golden anniversaries, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the movie “On Golden Pond” or the TV show “The Golden Girls”?

The Quirky Fact

The statuette we call the Oscar is officially named the Academy Award of Merit. According to, “a popular story has it that upon seeing the trophy for the first time, Academy librarian (and eventual executive director) Margaret Herrick remarked that it resembled her Uncle Oscar.” (Some sites claim it was the backside that she said resembled him.) Another story suggests it was given the nickname by columnist Sidney Skolsky in the 1930s to make the actors and the event seem a little less snooty.

The Quiz
The gold-plated Oscar statuette weighs 8.5 pounds and is 13.5 inches tall, but can you fill in these other numbers?
50    59    100    400    500    900    3300
1. ___ = Length of the red carpet and ___ = man-hours it takes to install
2. ___ = Seating capacity of the Dolby Theatre where the ceremony is held
3. ___ = Number of statuettes made each year
4. ___ = Dollar value of the materials in each statuette
5. ___ = Most number of nominations received by a single person
6. ___ = Minutes of the shortest telecast ceremony (1959)

The answers, along with additional fascinating facts, are at the end of this document.

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The Kiosk of Resources
  • When I was looking up Oscar Wilde quotes, I found this one I hadn’t known before and mightily agree with: “I would have a workshop attached to every school, and one hour a day given up to the teaching of simple decorative arts. It would be a golden hour to the children.”
  • Looking good: While looking for references to golden, I found a quote by Amy Webb which noted about golden hours, “lighting is ideal because the first and last hours of sunlight are diffuse and warm. For that reason, women with photos taken outside during those hours tended to look great.”
  • When I first thought about this WNW, I considered focusing it on golden anniversaries and what happened in 1970. You can get an idea here:
  • And, as always, check out

Answers to the quiz:
  1. 500 and 900
  2. 3300
  3. 50  - In 2000, fifty-five statuettes were stolen together in an Academy shipment truck hijacking, which set off a media frenzy, but according this article, there was never any real reason to panic because the statuettes are always made a year in advance, so what was stolen was the next year’s supply. Almost all were eventually recovered, but then destroyed so that no one would receive a once stolen statue.
  4. 400 – Underneath the 24-carat gold plating is a Britannia metal - a pewter-like alloy which is then plated in copper and nickel silver before the gold. However, since 1950, Oscar winners cannot officially sell their statuette without first offering it back to the Academy for $1. Statues awarded before that date have been sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars.
  5. 59 - Walt Disney won 22 Academy Awards from 59 nominations
  6. 100 – The longest ceremony was 263 minutes (4+ hours) in 2002
Our multiple goals are to amuse and inspire you, to share what we and people whom we admire are doing, to stimulate your curiosity and spur you to action. We hope you enjoyed this offering. You can access previous issues here. We welcome your feedback. (
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