The Oscar has stayed true to its original design, first created by MGM art director Cedric Gibbons in 1928. But trophy design has evolved in recent years. Here is our roundup of five impressive statuettes.
1 The BIFA sculpture by Swarovski
Should Oscar ever tire of his iconic look, Swarovski might be first in line to make a bid for the commission. The Austrian company has made inroads with other film honours, including the Moët British Independent Film Awards. This year, it collaborated with Fredrikson Stallard on a giant Swarovski crystal encased in a golden web.
2 Brit Award figurines
Since 2011, the Brit Awards has invited artists and fashion designers to retool the music prize’s statuette. The first to do so was Vivienne Westwood, who dressed it in Union Jack gown, and Sir Peter Blake did something similar in 2012. This year, milliner Philip Treacy punked things up by extending the trophy’s headpiece into a Mohawk-like halo.
3 The Randstad Award by Marcel Wanders
The Randstad Award honours companies that excel at branding that attracts top employees. Some 19 countries hand out the awards annually. In 2010, organizers invited Dutch designer Marcel Wanders to come up with its trophy. He responded with a metallic vase topped with a bouquet of human shapes. The form is meant to represent the winner attracting employees like a magnet.
4 Tour de France trophy by Lasvit
Lasvit has crafted the Tour de France trophy for the past three years. Designer Peter Olah’s hand-blowing and etching expertise resulted in these towering glass forms.
5 World’s Best Advertising Awards by Sagmeister & Walsh
Winners of the New York Festivals World’s Best Advertising Awards will take home a monolithic trophy designed by Sagmeister & Walsh. Its skyscraper shape incorporates a tiny projector that beams the winner’s name onto the surface when the trophy is lifted.