What's Floating Around

15 October 2018


Welcome to another week and we are in major awards mode again this week with Fresh Fashion, Fresh Film, the VR Awards, The International Drone Awards and two new projects which are a little under wraps until early November.

Funny things awards as they are great when you are winning them, but less important if you are not. One of the great things about being involved with awards is the joy of seeing those win and even at the nomination stage, the air of expectation is enjoyable.

Awards themselves and we are taking actual trophies here can cause all sorts of angst amongst event planners. Something expensive and heavy shows a commitment to your brand, something creative and quirky means you are winning something fairly unique and something a little on here cheap side can make it seem as if you are running the event on a shoestring

Arguably, the most famous awards statue is the legendary Oscar Trophy from the Academy Awards and the stories that surround these golden figures are endless and epic but perhaps the most unusual is when they go missing. Once the winners have them, and we see the gritted teeth of the ones that lost, where do these trophies end up?

Jodie Foster uses her two as faucets apparently but what happens to some of the others?

Well, a few have vanished or have been stolen, including Frances McDormand’s best actress statuette for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri which was stolen briefly on Oscar night 2018.

However, around 15 remain unaccounted for to this day and others have been the been the focus of intense legal battles and disputes. However, the vast majority of the 3,048 Oscar statuettes presented from 1929 to 2017 have had a perfectly ordinary post-ceremony life.

The 13.5in (34.3cm) figure seems perfectly suited to a mantelpiece which is where the likes of actors Joanne Woodward, Anthony Quinn and Donna Reed placed theirs, and some prefer to stick them in the smallest room so they are not seen as show offs!

Several Oscars have simply vanished. Vivien Leigh’s best actress Oscar for A Streetcar Named Desire was stolen when her home was broken into by burglars in the 1950s and Olympia Dukakis’s best supporting actress statuette for Moonstruck was stolen from her home by a thief, who called her and tried to sell it back to her, as if a ransom. Instead, Dukakis decided to pay the Academy $78 for a replacement.

So if you do ever get your hands on a trophy or any sort, do try and look after it and remember that here at Cloud 9, we are pretty good at Awards so shout us for your next event!

Have a great week.