Ostend scraps Terr'oskar

The American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is not best pleased with the name given to a prize for the best pavement terrace in the West Flemish resort of Ostend. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is demanding 73,000 euro a year from the Stad Oostende if it continues to use the name Terr'oskar for the prize it gives to the café or restaurant with the best terrace in town.

Not only is the name of the prize said to be similar to the Oscars, he statuette given to the winner looks very similar indeed to the prizes awarded at Hollywood’s most prestigious film awards ceremony.

The organisers of the Oscars have issued a writ demanding an annual fee from the Ostend city authorities.

"They are demanding 73,000 euro a year. It is certainly not our intention to pay this. We have now agreed that the word “Terr'oskar” and the statuettes will be ditched”, the Ostend Alderman responsible for Tourism Niko Geldholf (socialist) told journalists.

"The issue will be discussed at a meeting of the City cabinet on Monday”, Mr Geldhof added.