Would R.S. Owens, the manufacturer of Oscar statues, use job costing or process costing?

oscarThe Academy Awards is an annual American awards ceremony honoring achievements in the film industry. Winners receive a statue officially named the “Academy Award of Merit.”  However, these statues are much better known by the nickname of “Oscars.” Each Oscar statue weighs 8.5 pounds and takes three to four weeks to manufacture.  The statues have been manufactured by R.S. Owens, a company in Chicago, for over 70 years.  R.S. Owens also makes the Emmy Award trophies and other awards.

Watch this CNN video to see how an Oscar statue is made.


Would R.S. Owens use job costing or process costing for its Oscar production?  Why?

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About Dr. Wendy Tietz, CPA, CMA, CSCA, CGMA

Dr. Wendy Tietz is a professor of accounting at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, USA. She is also a textbook author with Pearson Education.

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