The Acad-emy Awards, popularly known as the Os-cars, are presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Since 1931, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has given the Scientific and Technical Award, an Award for scientific or technical achievements, which are presented at 'a dinner ceremony separate from the annual telecast.
The first awards were presented on May 16, 1929, at a private brunch in Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel with an audience of about 270 people. Since the first year, the awards have been publicly broadcast, at first by radio then by TV after 1953.
The statuette is made of gold-plated britannium on a black metal base, it is 13.5 in (34 cm) tall, weighs 8.5 lb (3.85 kg) and depicts a knight rendered in Art Deco style holding a crusader's sword standing on a reel of film with five spokes. The five spokes each represent the original branches of the Academy: Actors, Writers, Directors, Producers, and Technicians