Description:Learn 10 unusual facts about Oscars. The first Oscars Ceremony sold tickets for $5. Now tickets are virtually impossible for the uninvited public to attain, except for bleacher seats, determined by a raffle drawing. The 'Oscars' is actually a nickname for the trophies that appeared in the 1930s. Rumor has it that an Academy librarian remarked it looked like her uncle Oscar, and the name caught on.