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The making of the Oscars (14 images)

Updated: Feb. 10, 2012 at 9:39 AM
A worker pours molten britannium into a mold to cast an Oscar Statuette at the R. S. Owens manufacturing facility on February 9, 2012 in Chicago. The company has been manufacturing the award since 1983 when the previous supplier ceased operations. UPI/Brian Kersey
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A worker polishes an Oscar Statuette at the R. S. Owens manufacturing facility on February 9, 2012 in Chicago. The company has been manufacturing the award since 1983 when the previous supplier ceased operations. UPI/Brian Kersey
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A worker prepares Oscar Statuette for polishing at the R. S. Owens manufacturing facility on February 9, 2012 in Chicago. The company has been manufacturing the award since 1983 when the previous supplier ceased operations. UPI/Brian Kersey
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Oscar Statuettes await polishing at the R. S. Owens manufacturing facility on February 9, 2012 in Chicago. The company has been manufacturing the award since 1983 when the previous supplier ceased operations. UPI/Brian Kersey
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Martin Vega casts an Oscar Statuette at the R. S. Owens manufacturing facility on February 9, 2012 in Chicago. The company has been manufacturing the award since 1983 when the previous supplier ceased operations. UPI/Brian Kersey
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Manuel Nunez demonstrates how an Oscar Statuette is plated in a process involving using copper, nickel, silver and 24-karat gold at the R. S. Owens manufacturing facility on February 9, 2012 in Chicago. The company has been manufacturing the award since 1983 when the previous supplier ceased operations. UPI/Brian Kersey
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Josefina Govea assembles Oscar Statuettes at the R. S. Owens manufacturing facility on February 9, 2012 in Chicago. The company has been manufacturing the award since 1983 when the previous supplier ceased operations. UPI/Brian Kersey
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