Why Is An Oscar An Oscar ?

I’ve held more than one of these puppies. Now, there is something amazing about them, and it is completely a social phenom. Other awards of this ilk (Including an Emmy, which I have also fondled) just DON’T have the panache… the allure… the elan… the… the… (I’m fresh out of French-type phrases here).
It’s heavy, and gold, and cool. As Hannibal Lechter, Psychiatrist and Carnivore said in the famed flick, “Silence of the Lambs” - " You covet what you see. " People covet it. I find it horrific that they can be bought at auction like an old lamp.


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I’m not intending to do this much in future, but I thought it would help get the trend started.