With reporting by Josh Horowitz
The 88th Academy Awards were Sunday night (February 28), and before the big show, MTV News correspondent Josh Horowitz caught up with all the stars on the red carpet. Turns out even Oscar nominees have the same question you've been puzzling over: Who the hell is Oscar? And why are the Academy Awards known as the Oscars?
"Oscar's a man you want in your bedroom at night," Whoopi Goldberg said, laughing.
Ding ding ding, we have a winner! Rumor has it that Margaret Herrick, the Academy's librarian and later executive director, thought the gold statuette looked like her Uncle Oscar. The name stuck and became the official Academy Awards nickname in 1939, a decade after the very first awards show in 1929. Now you know!