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Awards evolve into solid gold
(Volume 26, No. 509)
Pic: Aye Zaw Myo
THE Myanmar Academy Award’s trophy – since its redesign in 1956 – has remained a respected and sought after prize for the countries most acclaimed film makers, actors and industry professionals.
Originally designed by U Myint Soe, an instructor the Myanmar Motion Picture Organization (MMPO), the statuette has undergone several facelifts.
Once, a rather plump angel like figure adorned the wooden base of the trophy. Recipients often had trouble grasping their new found fame…literally. The solution was simple, cut off her wings and slim her down a little. The statuette now resembles America”s most sought after TV award, the Emmy award.
“Todays statuette was designed to resemble a golden “kinnari” (a mythical bird-man like creature) and represents the success of the Myanmar film industry and the talented individuals who receive the award,” U Myint Thein Pe, chairman of Myanmar Motion Picture Organization told The Myanmar Times.
The award ceremonies first began in 1952 and consisted of three major awards for best film – first, second and third – best actor and best actress. The trophies were either a golden “kinnaari,” silver peafowl or a bronze lion for first second and third best film, while the best actor and actress both received golden broaches.
In 1954 an award for best director was added to the evenings schedule, whilst second and third prizes for best film where dropped.
Since then awards for best photographer, best male and female supporting actor, most outstanding script writer, and several awards for best musical score have also been added.
There are now eleven awards in total and each recipient now receives K200,000 and the statuette now holds a star made of solid gold.
Each statue is crafted by goldsmith Peyaw U Htun Yin & Sons and contains two tickles of pure gold (1.152 ounces).