Five were produced in the first instance – presented to the winning producers (as Best Film is today), with the intention that the winning production company/studio would exhibit their trophy for a year before returning it to the Academy (a smaller trophy featuring the olive branch in Moore’s main statuette was presented to all winners that they were able to keep).
Understandably, some filmmakers found the need to return the main trophy after a year a bit of a wrench, and some enquired about obtaining full-size replicas after returning the originals. Whilst Moore was agreeable to this suggestion, the Academy raised concerns at a Council meeting in May 1953: “i) The Award was made to the whole Unit and not specifically to the Director; (ii) The making of further copies of the bronze would decrease its value as an asset to the Academy.” With Moore resistant to the idea of smaller-scale replicas, it was agreed not to make any further replicas of any size.
Several of the original five were auctioned off – with Moore’s blessing – many years later to help with the refurbishment of 195 Piccadilly before its opening in 1976. Whilst their current whereabouts are unknown, a replica is on display at 195 Piccadilly.