Stanley Kramer's Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award. There is no more richly coveted award for a Hollywood producer than the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award -- and this is Stanley Kramer's "Thalberg," presented at the April 9, 1962 Oscar ceremony after the release of Judgement at Nuremberg, which Kramer produced and directed. By way of background, the Academy instituted the award in 1937, the year after Thalberg, MGM's legendary "Boy Wonder" producer, died at the age of only 37. It's purpose was to award "creative producers whose bodies of work reflect a consistently high quality of motion picture production," and its first recipient was Darryl F. Zanuck. The award (not given every year) has also been presented over the past 70 years to such luminaries as David O. Selznick, Walt Disney, Cecil B. DeMille, Alfred Hitchcock, Stephen Spielberg, and George Lucas. The award, crowned with a bust of Thalberg on its base, stands nearly 10" tall and weighs an impressive 10.75 pounds. The plaque reads "Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award To Stanley Kramer For Consistent High Quality of Production Achievement." There are a couple minor scratches on the plaque, a small chip in the front right bottom corner and a half-inch scar on the back base bottom, but nevertheless in Very Fine to Excellent condition. By the way, Kramer, accepting his "Thalberg" from producer Arthur Freed, said in his speech, "Unfortunately, I didn't know Irving Thalberg, but my grandmother and his mother were bridge partners." An awesome award, both in its artistry and the Hollywood history it represents. From the Stanley Kramer Estate.

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