We're of course talking about the actual Oscars, the golden statuettes, that will be presented to the Best Actor and Best Actress winners at the 84th Academy Awards, much like what Natalie Portman is holding in the picture.
The trophies will be part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' "Meet the Oscars, Grand Central" exhibition at Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal.
So yes, you have to be in New York to see the real Oscars that will be presented to...hhmmmm...I'm thinking, Jean Dujardin of "The Artist" and Viola Davis of "The Help." That's just my predictions y'all! (Check my complete Oscar predictions for all categories right here)
According to the Academy:
The exhibition will open on Wednesday, February 22 at 10 a.m., with a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by 2010 Academy Award®-winning actress Melissa Leo ("The Fighter"). Public viewing hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 22, and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, February 23, through Sunday, February 26. Admission is free.
Here's the cool part -- you can actually have your picture taken with the real, authentic Oscar statuette! I so want to do that!
And, you can see the real Oscar that Michael Douglas, Oscar presenter this year, won for 1987's "Wall Street."
But wait there's more! You will also be able to see a display of statuettes in various stages of completion by manufacturer R.S. Owens & Company based in Chicago.
If I'm in New York, I will definitely attend!
Then on Saturday, February 25, the Oscars that you will be taking pictures with, will make their way back to Hollywood for the Oscar night on Sunday, February 26.
Let's hope and pray that the statuettes will make it safe for a lovely reunion with their fellow statuettes.
I can see it now -- this can be a comedy about a bumbling Oscar handler who lost the statuettes on their way back to Hollywood. It's now up to him to find the statuettes in time to save the day! Can't you see that? Hhmmmm, I'm writing the treatment now!
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