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2016 Oscar Shines Like a NASA Mirror

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MICHAEL D. WHEELER, [email protected]

The Academy Awards always have a lot of star power, but this year the statuettes themselves shone like NASA space optics, thanks to a new highly reflective finish. The same gold-plating technique used on the Hubble Telescope and sophisticated weaponry systems brought extra glitter to this year’s awards. For reasons related to aesthetics and tradition, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences determined it wanted to return to the original process of wax castings in bronze for the statuettes. Small changes had crept in over time, notably a softening of the...Read full article

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