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Oscar statues fly from Chicago to Los Angeles

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An Oscar statue travels with Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Tom Sherak before boarding "Oscar One" to Los Angeles at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012. The awards will be distributed at the 84th annual Academy Awards on Feb. 26 at the Kodak Theatre in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
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An Oscar statue travels with Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Tom Sherak before boarding "Oscar One" to Los Angeles at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012. The awards will be distributed at the 84th annual Academy Awards on Feb. 26 at the Kodak Theatre in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's safe to say Oscar is the most popular passenger on Flight 531.

Two Oscar statuettes traveled alongside film academy president Tom Sherak aboard the United Airlines flight from Chicago to Los Angeles, which was renamed Oscar 1 for the occasion.

The golden guys were embraced hundreds of times as passengers snapped photos of themselves with the coveted trophy.

Airline workers also held an Oscar-related trivia contest for passengers on board and awarded prizes from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

A flight attendant called the occasion a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity" as she invited passengers to enjoy "the flight of the Oscars."

The statuettes are made in Chicago and typically shipped to Los Angeles with little fanfare. So why have Oscar mix it up with passengers?

Just for fun. That's what the academy president says.

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