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What happens to your Oscar when you die?

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What happens to your Oscar when you die?#1
Posted: 1/15/08 at 10:24pm
I have always wondered this, and wasn't able to find the answer elsewhere.

When you die, what happens to your Oscar? I once heard that it was given back to the Academy, but I don't know how true that is.

Thanks.
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That'd be so lame.
I mean, Denzel Washington? Gun to my head..of course.
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Wouldn't it be property of the recipient? I would think that they could decide who to leave it to.
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I believe I just heard recently that Oscars presented in the early days of the award were actually given to the recipient but now they are only loaned out with the requirement that they be returned upon the death of the recipient. They're doing that to keep them from being hocked or sold on ebay, etc.
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Interesting, Mamie. I don't know how fair that is. Why shouldn't the winner be able to leave it to a loved one, donate it to a charity or museum, etc?
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Right. I think that's probably true. I know that the Oscars do not belong to the winners - they will always belong to the Academy - but in that case, why aren't there more Oscars on display at museums?
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Do they re-use them? Is Hillary Swank's Oscar really Audrey Hepburn's? That would be a double award.
I mean, Denzel Washington? Gun to my head..of course.
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"I know that the Oscars do not belong to the winners - they will always belong to the Academy"

I actually didn't know that. I (apparently incorrectly!) assumed the statues belonged to the winners.
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Is that the same with Tonys and Grammys, etc...?
I mean, Denzel Washington? Gun to my head..of course.
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For what it's worth, this is from Wikipedia:

Since 1950, the statuettes have been legally encumbered by the requirement that neither winners nor their heirs may sell the statuettes without first offering to sell them back to the Academy for $1. If a winner refuses to agree to this stipulation, then the Academy keeps the statuette. Academy Awards not protected by this agreement have been sold in public auctions and private deals for six-figure sums (Levy 2003).

This rule is highly controversial, since it implies that the winner does not own the award.[8] The case of Michael Todd's grandson trying to sell Todd's Oscar statuette illustrates that there are many who do not agree with this idea. When Todd's grandson attempted to sell Todd's Oscar statuette to a movie prop collector, the Academy won the legal battle by getting a permanent injunction. Although some Oscar sales transactions have been successful, the buyers have subsequently returned the statuettes to the Academy, which keeps them in its treasury.



So it seems as long as you don't try to sell it, you're good.
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re: What happens to your Oscar when you die?#10
Posted: 1/15/08 at 10:42pm
Well - they wouldn't be on display in museums unless the Academy donated or loaned them out for that purpose. They wouldn't be donated from individual donors because individuals don't have the right to loan them out.

I believe there is at least one Oscar at the American History Museum in Washington and that it is on loan from the Academy.
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re: What happens to your Oscar when you die?#11
Posted: 1/15/08 at 10:46pm
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re: What happens to your Oscar when you die?#12
Posted: 1/15/08 at 10:48pm
When I visited Sony Pictures I saw all of their Oscar for Best PIcture - but they belonged to them.

But I don't understand. If you die and don't leave your Oscar to anyone, they lock it away? What's the point.
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re: What happens to your Oscar when you die?#13
Posted: 1/15/08 at 10:49pm
I would demand to be buried with mine.
I mean, Denzel Washington? Gun to my head..of course.
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re: What happens to your Oscar when you die?#14
Posted: 1/15/08 at 10:50pm
Go back and read the information. If you don't agree to those terms when the Oscar is presented, they won't give it to you!
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re: What happens to your Oscar when you die?#15
Posted: 1/15/08 at 10:55pm
Well I'll lie.
If I win an Oscar, it means I'm pretty good at the lying already.

Really, it's their fault not to expect it of me.
I mean, Denzel Washington? Gun to my head..of course.
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re: What happens to your Oscar when you die?#16
Posted: 1/15/08 at 10:57pm
Shelley Winters donated her "Diary of Anne Frank" Oscar to the Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam.
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re: What happens to your Oscar when you die?#17
Posted: 1/15/08 at 11:03pm
Although that's sweet, it kinda made me raise my eyebrow as my first reaction.
I mean, Denzel Washington? Gun to my head..of course.