The Oscars and The Babylon Gate
The Academy Awards are being held this Sunday night. They don’t seem to have the same cultural cache they once did, but we can say the same about Hollywood itself. But it wasn’t always this way.
What we must remember is that Hollywood’s Golden Age was a distinctly Freemasonic enterprise. Some of the biggest names in show business were Masons including; John Wayne, W.C. Fields, Oliver Hardy, Bud Abbott, Gene Autry, Irving Berlin, Nat King Cole, Cecil B. Demille, Duke Ellington, Douglas Fairbanks, Clark Gable, Walt Disney, Audie Murphy, and Danny Thomas. Most importantly, three of the most powerful Hollywood moguls -Louis B. Mayer (of MGM) Jack Warner (Warner Bros) and Darryl Zanuck (20th Century Fox) – were all Masons. The primacy of Freemasonry (remember, just a small part of the overall Masonic network) is reflected in the fact that the Academy Awards used to be held in the Shrine Auditorium, which is owned and operated by the Scottish Rite.
And what of Oscar himself? Well, as others have pointed out, he bears a very strong resemblance to Ptah, the god of craftsmen (read: “masons”) and often syncretized with Osiris. Oscar is also reminiscent of some depictions of Osiris himself, all the more fascinating when you consider his Egyptian name is the pseudo-homophonic Ausur. Or that no one can seem to agree where the name “Oscar” actually came from.