Unless you're the next Meryl Streep or Jack Nicholson, you may never have an Oscar of your own.
Hollywood's finest talents graced the Oscars red carpet last night to celebrate the year's greatest achievements in film. Winners Daniel Day-Lewis and Jennifer Lawrence, among many others, clutched the golden statuettes as they thanked their family and supporters on stage. Have you ever dreamed of giving a similar acceptance speech, holding that stunning little idol in your hands? I certainly have.
When I was a kid, my mother would make me Oscar statues out of tin foil and I would prance around the house thanking The Academy and my fans. I always wanted a real Oscar of my own. I may not have a future as a professional actress with an Oscar-worthy career, but maybe someday I could own a piece of ultimate movie memorabilia and purchase an Oscar statuette to display on my mantel.
I took to Google to find out.
After some Google digging, I found my answer. Unfortunately, Oscar statues aren't for sale.
I was surprised to find that not even those who win an Oscar actually own the statue. The Academy loans each Oscar statue to winners and they are free to keep them for as long as they'd like, they can even pass it on to relatives after they die, but they cannot sell it to the public. Any Oscar winner looking to get rid of their statue must offer it to the Academy for a price of $1. Since 1950, winners have signed a contract agreeing to these terms.
A few Oscars were sold before 1950 and some after, violating the contract terms, but he Academy does it's best to prevent any resale of Oscar statues, as well as prevent any counterfeit or imitation designs.
So I may never own an Oscar statue (even if they were for sale, I probably couldn't afford it anyways, right?) But I do have a really cool trophy from a 5k race I did this summer, so that'll have to do for now.
Did you watch the Oscars last night? Did any winners surprise you?