DescriptionThis magnificent piece has been the cornerstone of my collection for nearly 25 years. I believe this to be an original and authentic Academy Award plaque which was given to the Best Supporting Actor and Actress instead of statuettes for the first seven years from 1937 – 1943. The Best Supporting Actor and Actress Awards were created in 1937. My understanding is that the plaques could later be exchanged for statuettes after 1943 which I believe makes them even rarer. As you can see, the original base which would have carried the engraved plaque is missing. Unfortunately, this will make it very hard to attribute the award. But I believe that does not diminish the historical significance or rarity of this piece. A replacement base was added later and also appears to be quite old. This is how I purchased it in London in the early 1980's. I am convinced without a doubt that this is authentic by its size, weight, patina, and condition. The award is substantial and weighs a hefty 5 pounds (+/-). It appears to be gold plated britannium. The plaque minus the replacement base is 5 inches wide, by 5 ½ inches tall at the highest point. The base is one inch high and 6 ¾ inch wide. There are wear marks on the high spots, light contact marks overall and patina one would expect for 60+ years.
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