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Oscars should be won, not purchased, says Academy

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has expressed disapproval of a scheduled auction that will be selling genuine Oscar statuettes.

Fifteen Oscars in total are planned to be auctioned, including those for Citizen Kane, Wuthering Heights and Little Women.

According to The Huffington Post, the Academy are unable to stop the sale of these items as they were given before 1950, the year the sale of Oscars was banned.

In a recently-released statement, the Academy said: "Oscars should be won, not purchased."

The auction in question is beng carried out by the Mate D. Sanders Auction house, who estimate their entire Oscar inventory to be worth around $1 million (£630,000).

The 84th annual Academy Awards take place tonight, with nominees including George Clooney, Martin Scorsese and Viola Davis. Billy Crystal will be hosting the ceremony for the ninth time.

The Academy Awards will air on ABC in the US and Sky Movies in the UK.

Watch Funny or Die's 'Oscar Etiquette' skit below:

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