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Oscar Statuette 90th Academy Awards

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences in 1927 held in the Crystal Ballroom of the Biltmore a meeting to discuss goals. They wanted a way to honor outstanding achievements to further the quality of the industry, to encourage others to reach higher at all levels. Many meetings followed, one of which saw MGM art director Cedric Gibbons sketch a figure of a knight gripping a sword in front of a reel of film. The five spokes of the reel stood for the original five branches of the academy: actors, directors, producers, technicians and writers. The sword was the protector of the welfare and advancement of the industry. This was the original design for the award. Los Angeles sculptor George Stanley in 1928 was chosen by Gibbons to make this design come to life. After several versions were discussed the now iconic statue was given birth between this collaboration. 

Since then over 3,000 statuettes have been presented each January hand cast in bronze by New York-based Polich Tallix Fine Art Foundry before receiving their 24-karat gold finish by Epner Technology, a renowned high tech electroplating company out of Brooklyn. The statue is 13-1/12 inches tall and weights 8-1/2 pounds. The original design has never varied, except the base has changed until the present standard was adopted in 1945. It was officially named The Academy Award of Merit, then nicknamed The Oscar. The original of this name are not clear. Legend has it an Academy librarian and then later executive director Margaret Herrick though the statue looked like her Uncle Oscar and thus nicknamed it so. Academy star then began calling the statue Oscar. By the sixth Academy Awards in 1934 Sidney Skolsky, a Hollywood writer of the time known for articles like Hollywood Is My Beat, referenced the statue Oscar in his article on Katharine Hepburn’s first Best Actress award for 1933’s Morning Glory. Later the bronze and gold plated Oscar was replaced with Britannia metal and pewter-like alloy which gave Oscar a smooth finish. During WWII’s metal shortage, Oscar was made of painted plaster for three years. Following the war and metal shortage Oscar returned in gold-plated form and is still in that form today.


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Kriss Perras
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Kriss Perras owns Ruptured Media where she publishes Malibu Arts Journal. Ruptured Media is also a story development company. Kriss has been tenacious and fought authority from the very start of her career in journalism. Kriss' first story as a journalist was for her college newspaper covering George W. Bush and Steve Forbes in the Iowa Caucuses during the 2000 election. She showed up at the hotel where Bush was to speak with her editor's letter of assignment in hand. She credentialed at the press desk like every other press person. She had questions in hand she had prepared to ask the Presidential candidate. She walked into the speaking room to find the press was roped off from the candidate. Being new to election coverage, and journalism, she was disappointed. She stood next to a seasoned AP photographer on the press platform. She asked the AP photographer if she could get out from behind the ropes and ask Bush her questions. The AP photographer said, "Well, you can try." So she did. She stepped out from behind the ropes and waited in line behind the people seeking the candidate's autograph. When it was her turn, she introduced herself to Bush as a college journalist and started to ask her questions. Bush said, " Wait, are you a journalist?" She said, "Yes." Bush nodded to his Secret Service team. They promptly came over on each side of her. She was 5'6" tall and weighed 127 pounds. The Secret Service men were well over a foot taller than her and obviously guys who worked out often. They could pick her up with their pinky fingers. They quickly picked her up by her arms, carried her over the ropes and plopped her back down on the press platform as she was still asking Bush her questions. Bush to his credit said, "Please give her one of my books. The answers to her questions are in my book." So she had to read his entire book, but she indeed found the answers to her questions. She also drew political cartoons for her college newspaper and still does today. Her next big break came in 2002, still as a student, with an interview with former US National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brezinski. Kriss went on in 2006 to found PCH Press, Malibu's daily newspaper. With PCH Press, she had extensive coverage of the battle against LNG and the fight against the placement of an LNG port being placed off the coast of Malibu and Oxnard, among other local news. She has covered Olara Otunnu, former United Nations Undersecretary General and Special Representative for Children in Armed Conflict when he spoke in Los Angeles in 2006. She covered Democracy Now! journalist Amy Goodman when she spoke in Los Angeles in 2006. She has interviewed Progressive David Swanson and numerous Malibu Mayors. In 2007, She founded Malibu Arts Journal magazine. Kriss built Malibu Arts Journal from the ground up. She has taken the magazine from an unknown dot com to a respected title. She earned the magazine digital distribution through Magzter and the iTunes App Store where it now enjoys broad based readership across the globe. She is a member of the national honor society Who's Who In American Universities And Colleges. Her photogrpahy has aired on CMTV channel 14 Spokane, Washington. *Photo Copyright 2017: Alan Weissman
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