I was watching a preview of ABC’s Oscar telecast set for Sunday, February 24th and found myself wondering what might have happened if the Oscar statuette had been a female. This kind of question is important in my family because my wife’s dear friend, actress and astrologer Gaye Nelson, is the daughter of the late Harmon Oscar Nelson, Jr. and his second wife, Anne. Gaye’s dad was a bandleader in the 1930’s, who appeared at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. His first wife was the actress Bette Davis, someone we Boomers remember but our kids don’t, unless they are fans of old movies.
Bette always called her hubby “Oscar.” When she won her first Academy Award for Dangerous in 1935, she looked at the statue from behind and remarked to her actor friends sitting around the table, “That looks like Oscar’s butt.” Apparently it reminded her of looking at the back of her tall, skinny husband while he was conducting his band. The actors began calling the statue “Oscar,” and obviously the name stuck. My wife likes to tell this story over and over again every year during Oscar season. We have had Academy Awards parties at our home and once she actually let Gaye tell the story.
Back to my question about if Oscar had been a female. What if it was changed today? What if it was designed to look like Kim Kardashian? Now there’s a big question! It would be called “the Kardashian” and we’d get to hear that name even more than we do now. Wow, the shape of the award would undergo a major change.
Or how about redesigning Oscar as Dolly Parton and calling it “the Dolly”? That would probably be a bust – would you agree?
On a serious note…I have no serious note, except to say good luck to all the nominees. I’ve seen most of the films this year, my trade-off with the boss for her acceptance of football and NASCAR into our life together.
And the Kardashian goes to…