Fun Fact Friday: The Plaster Oscars

31st_Acad_AwardsDid you know that during World War II, metal was so scarce that the Oscar trophy given out by the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was made of plaster? It’s true!

Because the focus on the war effort, any spare manufacturing and material resources were funneled into making tanks, planes, and other items needed to sustain the country’s efforts during World War II. As such, even an institution as prestigious as the Oscars was forced to make sacrifices.

Want to learn more about World War II? Check out our WWII-related resources on Discovery Education Streaming!

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