Academy Award of Merit (Oscar statuette)
Austin Cedric Gibbons (Dublin 1893 - Los Angeles 1960)
Art / Sculpture
Gold-plated Britannium metal
300 mm (Height); 135 mm (Diameter)
Place of origin
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Shaw's Corner, Hertfordshire (Accredited Museum)
This battered Oscar was won by Shaw in 1938 for his screenplay of 'Pygmalion'. Shaw used it as a door stop, as well as to crack walnuts. 'Pygmalion' was later adapted into the musical 'My Fair Lady', with the majority of the lyrics being taken from Shaw's texts.
Gold-plated Britannium metal (tin/copper alloy) Academy Award of Merit (Oscar statuette) designed Austin Cedric Gibbons (1893-1960) sculpted by George M. Stanley (1903-1977). Statuette of a stylised knight holding a sword, standing on a reel of film with five spokes, on a circular black metal base with a brass plaque. The five spokes each represent the original branches of the Academy: Actors, Writers, Directors, Producers, and Technicians. George Bernard Shaw received his Oscar in 1938 (a year before it was officially called an 'Oscar') for the best screenplay of Pygmalion. He did not collect it in person.
Awarded to George Bernard Shaw in 1938 for the best screenplay of Pygmalion. Bequeathed to the National Trust in 1950 by George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950).
National Trust Collections (Shaw’s Corner, The George Bernard Shaw Collection)
Marks and inscriptions
Brass plaque to front of base: ACADEMY FIRST AWARD / TO / GEROGE BERNARD SHAW / FOR WRITING SCREENPLAY OF / "PYGMALION"
Makers and roles
Austin Cedric Gibbons (Dublin 1893 - Los Angeles 1960), designer George M. Stanley (Acadia, Louisiana 1903 - 1977), sculptor C. W. Shumway & Sons, foundry