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The black stone base of this Oscar should be noted as it is 'pre-war.' During World War II, when materials were scarce, the Academy started using plaster for their Oscar bases as it was less expensive. (After the war, spun brass was used and still is today.) Mr. Curtiz's award is unique in that it still retains its vintage 'pre-war' black stone base. Also, please note that the statuette portion was officially replated by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.