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Weird world of awards: Surfboards, moonmen and popcorn buckets

Jan. 10, 2014 at 3:04 PM ET

Everyone knows the sleek, elegant shape of an Oscar, the winged Emmy, and the charmingly retro gramophone of the Grammy. But other entertainment awards range from the generic (is that a flame? a teardrop? a contact lens?) to the wacky (surfboards, moonmen and popcorn buckets).

As we await Sunday's Golden Globe Awards (their trophy is pretty self-explanatory), here's a look at nearly two dozen award shapes and a bit about their history. And remember: Whatever shape they are, Rita Moreno and Whoopi Goldberg have probably won 'em.

From the elegant Oscar to surfboards, guitars, moonmen and popcorn buckets, there are as many award shapes as there are awards shows.


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