Just as Independence Day and the Fourth of July are the same thing, and “star of the movie Call Me By Your Name” and “my boyfriend” both refer to Timothée Chalamet, film’s biggest night of the year also has two names: the Academy Awards and the Oscars. But where did these names come from?
The very first iteration of the awards show happened in 1929 as a presentation hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), otherwise known simply as the Academy, aka the namesake of the Academy Awards. That was the official name of the ceremony until 2013 when it was rebranded as the Oscars. But people had been using the term Oscar way before that, although the exact reason isn't entirely clear.
There are two different stories that are generally accepted as the truth, depending on who you talk to.
According to the Academy itself, the term likely originated in 1931 when Margaret Herrick, an Academy librarian at the time and later the executive director of AMPAS, remarked that the statuette being given to the winners looked just like her Uncle Oscar. Her coworkers quickly began to refer to the statuettes with the affectionate nickname Oscar and the rest is history. Unless you support the other leading theory, that is.