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Oscars get ready for showtime

Oscars get ready for showtime

March 2, 1970: Cleave Sharry plates Oscar statuettes in layers of copper, nickel and gold. For the 35th year, Dodge Trophies Inc. of Los Angeles made the 40 gold Oscars given out in 1970.

That year,  it was all about the western. Actor John Wayne, the consummate cowboy, took an Oscar home for his role in “True Grit,” “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” earned several nominations and “Midnight Cowboy” won best picture.

Since 1982, the golden statuettes are manufactured by R.S. Owens & Company, a Chicago-based awards company.

For more historical images check out: Oscar Moments: Academy Awards history.

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