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Casting an icon: Screen Actors Guild Awards

This is a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the making of the Screen Actors Guild Award. Now I'm interested to see the creation process behind all the other prestigious awards.

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Workers pour molten bronze into molds during the casting of the Screen Actors Guild Award statuettes at the American Fine Arts Foundry in Burbank, Calif., on Friday, Jan. 21.

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The Awards are to be held in Los Angeles on January 30

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Joaquin Quintero applies a green-black patina to one of the bronze Screen Actors Guild Award statuettes at the American Fine Arts Foundry in preparation of the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on January 21, 2011 in Burbank, California.

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Each statuette carries a serial number engraved at its base. 660 statuettes have been awarded since the award was first presented in 1995. The Actor statuette weighs 12 pounds and stands 16 inches tall.