The Academy Awards has been apart of American, Hollywood, and Cinema History for 85 years now and the great Oscar statuette is just as much apart of that history--it's an insignia of Hollywood. But did you know that Oscar was a Mexican man?
Actor, writer, and director Emilio Fernández was born on March 26, 1904 in Hondo, Coahuila, Mexico. In 1928, he would become the face (and body) of one of America's most coveted awards.
While in exile in Los Angeles after a failed military revolt back in his native Mexico, actress Dolores del Rio -- a native of Mexico -- thought his physique would be perfect for the Crusader Knight her husband, the art designer Cedric Gibbons, had sketched out as the basis of the award he had been tasked with creating. Del Rio introduced Fernández to Gibbons with the idea of him being the model for the Knight, whom Gibbons envisioned as being totally in the buff. Though reluctant at first, Fernández finally was convinced to pose naked to create what today it is known as the "Oscar". [IMDB]
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