Camera lens maker Cooke Optics, of Thurmaston, Leicestershire, receives Academy Award
Most Oscars end up on the mantelpieces and in bathrooms of Hollywood A-listers.
But one golden statuette given out this year is taking pride of place on a reception desk in Thurmaston.
Cooke Optics, which has made camera lenses for movies including Charlie Chaplin, Star Wars and James Bond, was honoured with an academy award for its 128-year contribution to the film industry.
The Oscar arrived at the factory on Monday, having been flown from America to the UK by company chairman Les Zellan.
It was presented a week before the main Oscars ceremony, during a scientific and technical awards night held at the Beverley Hills Hotel in LA.
At the glitzy ceremony were Mr Zellan, the company's Leicestershire chief executive Robert Howard and two workers from the production floor, Paul Utting and Jaimie Cluer.
Mr Howard said: "This has made me tremendously proud of the company and everybody who has worked here.
"The Oscar is in our reception and will remain there on display, although under lock and key."
Mr Zellan, who had the responsibility of transporting the Oscar from his home in New Jersey to Leicestershire, said: "The Oscar comes inside a little black sock and a styrofoam box so you wouldn't pay it much attention. I had it in a carry-on bag and when it went through the X-ray machines you could clearly see it.
"They didn't care much when I went through LA airport but when I was at Newark airport the guy doing the X-ray asked me if it was a real Oscar.
"When I said yes he said, 'well, congratulations'.
"I took it to a few of my local haunts before flying it to the UK and showed it to the crew on my plane, which was fun, but it's home now."
Mr Utting, 46, who has worked for Cooke Optics for more than 12 years, took his wife, Nicola, to LA with him.
He said: "It was the trip of a lifetime and when we walked into the room where it was being held it was overwhelming – it looked like a palace.
"This has given everyone a boost – it gives us a high profile which means we hopefully get more orders and there's more work for us."
Mr Cluer, 24, who was accompanied by girlfriend Kirsteen Donachie, said: "We made the most of our free time there. It was such a brilliant experience. When you try to explain what you do, people don't realise what a big deal the company is, but hopefully this will help."
The award, only the 47th in the academy's history to be given to a company, was presented to Cooke by Avatar and Star Trek actress Zoe Saldana and Chris Pine, who plays Captain Kirk in Star Trek.
Cooke lenses were first made in 1894, when the company was owned by Taylor Hobson, of Leicester. Les Zellan, who distributed Cooke lenses in the States, bought the company over a decade ago.