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Making of the Oscar statuettes

To give the Oscars their striking appearance, all surfaces have to be perfect. Gold plating is only one micron thick and would not cover even the smallest indent. To accomplish a perfect surface, the castings are plated first with copper, then nickel, and polished to a high luster.

To give the Oscars their striking appearance, all surfaces have to be perfect. Gold plating is only one micron thick and would not cover even the smallest indent. To accomplish a perfect surface, the castings are plated first with copper, then nickel, and polished to a high luster. (Dorith Mous / ©A.M.P.A.S.)

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