Word Origin & History
masc. proper name, O.E. Osgar "god's spear," from O.E. gar "spear" + os "god" (only in personal names), from O.E. ansu- "spirit," from PIE *ansu-, source of the first element in Aesir, Asgard (from O.N.) and Ahura Mazda (from Avestan). The statuette awarded for excellence in film acting, directing, etc.,
given annually since, 1928, first so called 1936. The name is said to have sprung from a 1931 remark by Margaret Herrick, secretary at Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, on seeing the statuette: "He reminds me of my Uncle Oscar." Thus the award is named for Oscar Pierce, U.S. wheat farmer and fruit grower.