Oscar statues make stop in Brooklyn before trip to Hollywood
Before Hollywood's biggest stars ever get their hands on the Academy Award, they first begin their journey on the East Coast.
The eight-pound statues are cast at a foundry in Orange County, then make their way to Brooklyn to a company named Epner Technology in Williamsburg.
"We go through a copper plating, nickel plating, and finally the unique coating of laser gold - a pure 24-karat gold that is three-times harder than any other 24-karat gold," says David Epner, CEO of the Brooklyn company.
The academy switched suppliers two years ago because the gold was wearing off of older statues. Years ago, the award was originally made from tin.
From start to finish, the process of coating the award in gold takes about an hour and a half. Each statue is worth up to $150,000.
The Academy Awards will be held on Feb. 26.