In a Q&A column in today's Sun-Times Home LIfe section, the answer involves a certain kind of metal with this factoid attached: "Today, one of the most visible uses of Britannia metal is in the Oscar statuettes handed out each year by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Under all that gold, silver, copper and nickel plating, there is ordinary Britannia metal."
The mettle of Oscar's metal
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