Oscars take a bite out of Big Apple

Jan 31, 2008 by Ian Evans

Oscar fans visiting New York City in February will get a chance to see the coveted statuette up close as Meet the Oscars, New York takes place at Times Square Studios from Friday, February 15, through Saturday, February 23. The free exhibition will be open daily from noon to 7 p.m.

Included in the exhibition are the Oscar won by Gary Cooper for his performance as the title character in Sergeant York as well as Thelma Schoonmaker’s Academy Award® for Film Editing for The Departed. 50 new statuettes that are also featured in the exhibition will be presented to winners at a future Academy Awards ceremony.

Each Oscar weighs 8½ pounds and stands 13½ inches tall. Handmade annually by R.S. Owens & Company in Chicago, the statuettes are made of britannia, a metal alloy, and are plated in copper, nickel, silver and 24-karat gold.