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How Oscars become stars

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A worker polishes an Oscar statuette at R.S. Owens & Company on Feb. 9 in Chicago, Illinois. R.S. Owens manufactures the Oscar statuettes which are presented at the annual Academy Awards by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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Martin Vega removes the top of a mould containing an Oscar statuette as they are produced at R.S. Owens Company in Chicago.

Some of the biggest stars of the Academy Awards are born on Chicago's northwest side at the R.S. Owens factory. Workers at the factory transform a chunk of metal alloy into a gold-plated 13 1/2-inch-tall man named Oscar. The R.S. Owens Company has been making the Oscar since 1983.

The Academy Awards will be held on Feb. 26, and can be seen on ABC at 7 p.m. ET.

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Manuel Nunez demonstrates the plating process for an Oscar statuette at R.S. Owens & Company on Feb. 9 in Chicago's R.S. Owens factory.

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Josefina Govea packages an Oscar statuette at R.S. Owens & Company on Feb. 9 in Chicago.