All about Oscar

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Few will have heard of the Dublin-born man who designed the Oscar statuette, but this year’s Audi Dublin International Film Festival and an NCAD exhibition aim to put Cedric Gibbons’s name into the film history books, writes Andrew Lynch

Cedric Gibbons was a man who hated wasting time. In 1927, the Irish-born art director for Metro-Goldwyn- Mayer Studios attended a Hollywood banquet, where members of the newly formed Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences suggested that they should set up an awards system to generate publicity. He immediately picked up his napkin and began to draw the trophy, a brawny knight holding a crusader’s sword while standing on a reel of film.

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