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In Photos: How each Oscar statuette is cast as work of art

AP , Thursday 16 Feb 2017
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Leo Sotelo works on an Oscar statuette at the Polich Tallix Fine Art Foundry in Rock Tavern, N.Y., Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. (Photo: AP)
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Every Oscar fist-pumped or tearfully cradled by Academy Award winners is first cast, buffed and fussed over at a foundry far from Hollywood.

Workers at the Polich Tallix (POH'-lich TAH'-liks) foundry north of New York City spent the last several months making 60 identical Oscars for the Feb. 26 awards.

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A copper plated Oscar statuette is run through a series of chemical baths at Epner Technology in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. (Photo: AP)

The foundry, in its second year of making the awards, has tweaked the look of the stylized knight to something closer to the statuettes first handed out in 1929.

Each of the statuettes is 13½ inches tall with the same distinctive Art Deco features polished to a mirror finish. Each glossy black base lacks only a winner's nameplate, which is added after the ceremony.

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A man works out the imperfections on an Oscar statuette at the Polich Tallix Fine Art Foundry in Rock Tavern, N.Y., Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. (Photo: AP)

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Oscar statuettes in different stages of production wait to be inspected before being finished at the Polich Tallix Fine Art Foundry in Rock Tavern, N.Y., Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. (Photo: AP)

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Oscar statuettes wait to be inspected before being finished at the Polich Tallix Fine Art Foundry in Rock Tavern, N.Y., Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. (Photo: AP)

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Oscar statuettes, some wrapped in cloth, wait to be inspected before being finished at the Polich Tallix Fine Art Foundry in Rock Tavern, N.Y., Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. (Photo: AP)

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Oscar statuettes in various stages of the coating process are hung together at Epner Technology in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. (Photo: AP)

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A man fills small pits on an Oscar statuette at the Polich Tallix Fine Art Foundry in Rock Tavern, N.Y., Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. (Photo: AP)

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Cecil Bowen works on Oscar statuettes that have already been nickel plated at Epner Technology in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. Each statuette is coated in three layers - the final one the iconic gold. (Photo: AP)

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