And the Oscar went to…A Hudson Valley-based art foundry

Polich Tallix Fine Art Foundry in Walden once again had their hands full of Oscar statues.

Since 2016, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has exclusively teamed up with the Hudson Valley-based foundry to return the award to the original process of lost wax cast bronze. The team at Polich Tallix digitally scanned a 1928 Oscar and an Oscar from 2015, to stay true to the original design based on Art Deco sketches by MGM art director Cedric Gibbons. The scan was then 3D printed, molded and hand-cast in bronze before receiving its 24-karat gold finish.

The award’s 50 statuettes take about three months to produce.

“With the help of some 21st century technology, we’re able to honor the Oscar’s proud beginnings,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs.  “The new statuette exemplifies impeccable craftsmanship and the enduring nature of art.” 

“Polich Tallix has made many of such awards honoring all manners of accomplishment but never before, an object of such renowned and instant recognition,” said founder Dick Polich.

Oscar Statuette ©A.M.P.A.S.®

With this project, we’ve been entrusted with continuing a great tradition. It’s a privilege to be able to bring our art experience and technical expertise to the Oscar.
— Dick Polich