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This year's Oscar statuettes will be based on the original 1929 one

2016-02-17 19:00

Los Angeles— The statuettes for the upcoming Academy Awards will be based on an original Oscar from 1929.

The film academy announced on Tuesday that a New York foundry is restoring features of the original design to the Oscar statuettes for 2016 using digital scans and 3-D printers.

It took Polich Tallix Fine Art Foundry three months to make the 50 statuettes needed for the 28 February ceremony using the high-tech process. Oscar was previously made in a more traditional way by Chicago's R.S. Owens & Company, the academy's foundry for the past 34 years.

Oscar is still plated in 24-karat gold. Oscar's dimensions remain the same: He's 13.5-inches (34.3-centimeters) tall and weighs 8.5 pounds (3.9 kilograms) And he's still just as hard to get.

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