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In pictures: Making an Oscar

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Oscar statuettes are being made at R.S. Owens Company, in Chicago, ahead of this year's Academy Awards in Los Angeles.

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The process starts with a steel mould, and the Oscar is cast using a combination of tin, copper and antimony similar to pewter. Around 50 are made every year.

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Once cast and cooled, the grey-coloured statuettes are sanded down and polished for up to an hour to ensure a smooth finish.

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The statuettes are checked for flaws before heading off to the plating room.

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The Oscars are hand-dipped in four different finishes - copper, nickel, silver and a layer of 24-carat gold on top - emerging from each bath a different colour.

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Once plated in gold and numbered, the statuettes are screwed onto a metal base.

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Weighing 8.5lbs, and standing 34cm tall, the finished statuettes are then ready to be flown to Los Angeles in time for the Academy Awards on 24 February.





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