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 Oscars.org, “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 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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