- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 31, 2007

Patrick Stockstill, 57, Oscars historian

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Patrick Stockstill, historian for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and backstage “keeper of the Oscars” during ceremonies, died May 24 of complications following a heart transplant. He was 57.

Mr. Stockstill, who specialized in film research at the University of Michigan School of Library Science, helped develop the movie academy’s database. He unpacked the Oscar statuettes backstage minutes before presentation.

Mr. Stockstill started as an assistant librarian at the academy’s Margaret Herrick Library in 1982 and was named academy historian a year later.

In 1989, he began overseeing the administration of several Oscar categories, including documentaries, short films, music and foreign language, but he continued his responsibilities as academy historian.

He was also known for doling out Oscar statuettes backstage during the annual Academy Awards presentations. He kept track of all the serial-numbered trophies and originated the database that attempts to record the whereabouts of each of the more than 2,500 Oscars handed out so far.

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