The winners of this year’s Oscar awards will be taking home a statuette with a special connection to Croatia for the second year in a row.
The usual glitz and glamour of the Oscars will take place on the 26th of February 2017, following the nominee announcement from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences made on Tuesday the 24th of January.
For the second year in a row, the iconic statuette taken home by the winners will be manufactured by the Polich Tallix Fine Art Foundry in New York, owned by the son of Croatian immigrants to the United States. Dick Polich (83), who has worked with over 500 artists throughout the years, draws his roots from the small, unassuming village of Zlobin, close to Bakra on the coast and situated between Gorski Kotar and Primorje. He grew up among a community of Croatian immigrants in a western suburb of Chicago after his parents left Croatia for the United States in the early 1920’s. He attended Yale University on a football scholarship and earned a degree in economics before founding the highly reputable Fine Art Foundry.
Polich Tallix carries out more than two hundred works of art at any one time, including US national monuments.
While the statuettes for the Oscars were made by a Chicago trophy company for more than thirty years, Polich Tallix Fine Art Foundry was selected to take over last year.