In a first for New York City, this year’s crop of Oscar statuettes �" newly minted and to be presented to the winners of the 78th Academy Awards on March 5 in Hollywood �" will be showcased in the window of Times Square Studios in New York City from Monday, January 23 through Wednesday, February 1.

The exhibition, “Meet the Oscars: The 50 Golden Statuettes,” will be open for window viewing at Broadway and West 44th Street from 7 a.m. to midnight daily.

After the close of the display the Oscars will be flown from New York to Los Angeles on "Oscar One," the United Airlines' special "Flight of the Oscars," where they again will be displayed in a public exhibition at the Hollywood and Highland® entertainment complex beginning on February 10.

The Academy will not know how many statuettes will be awarded until the envelopes are opened on Oscar Night® because there can be ties as well as variable numbers of winners in some categories.

Weighing in at eight-and-a-half pounds, each statuette is thirteen-and-a-half inches tall and is made of gold-plated britannium, a metal alloy. The statuettes are handmade each year by R.S. Owens and Company in Chicago.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements for 2005 will be presented on March 5, 2006, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland, and televised live by the ABC Television Network beginning at 5 p.m. PST.

Brian B.