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    Anne Revere's Academy Award For Best Supporting Actress for National Velvet (1945), One of the Few Available to Be Resold. One of the most recognizable Hollywood icons is a little fellow named Oscar. For decades, these statuettes have been coveted and pursued by writers, directors, actors, producers, and technicians, as a symbol of the ultimate achievement in their field. Approximately 40 awards are hand-crafted each year by R.S. Owens & Company of Chicago, and as of the 81st Academy Awards ceremony held last year, a total of 2,744 Oscars have been awarded.
    Despite the sheer number that have been produced and handed out, only a few have circulated amongst collectors of Hollywood memorabilia, for a very simple reason: Since 1950, a requirement has existed that stipulates that neither Academy Award winners nor their heirs may sell the statuettes without first offering to sell them back to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the sum of $1. If a winner refuses to sign said agreement, the Academy keeps the statuette. A 2007 Forbes article suggests that only an approximate 150 statuettes have ever been sold; often, the buyer returns the award to the Academy, which stores them in its vaults.
    This particular Academy First Award for Best Supporting Actress was awarded to Revere at the 18th Academy Awards ceremony for her performance in the 1945 drama National Velvet. Revere beat out Eve Arden and Ann Blyth (both nominated for Mildred Pierce), Angela Lansbury (The Picture of Dorian Gray), and Joan Lorring (The Corn Was Green) for the award. She had previously been nominated in the same category in 1944 for The Song of Bernadette, and would be nominated once more in 1948 for Gentleman's Agreement. In 1951, Revere exercised her Fifth Amendment rights before the House Un-American Activities Committee and, as a result, was blacklisted from the film industry for almost 20 years. This award represents the pinnacle of her career.
    Beginning with the 1943 awards, winners in the supporting acting categories were awarded Oscar statuettes similar to those awarded to winners in all other categories; prior to this, winners in those categories were awarded plaques -- meaning Revere's was only the third Supporting Actress statuette to be awarded. Because it was awarded in March of 1946, it is one of the few awards to be exempted from the Academy's no-sale rule, and thus is one of the last Oscars awarded that is available for resale. Of the handful that are available, few are as notable as this one.
    Made of gold-plated britannium on a black metal base, the statuette stands 13.5", weighs 8.5 lbs., and depicts an Art Deco-style male figure holding a sword standing upon a reel of film, a design recognized worldwide. It is in Very Fine condition with some small areas of tarnishing and wear, primarily to the back of the statuette. This is a rare opportunity to own an award that's as coveted by collectors as it is by the Hollywood elite. Requires third party shipping.

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    November, 2009
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