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Frances McDormand's Stolen Oscar Was Returned

A man was arrested for taking the golden statue Francis McDormand won for her performance in "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri."

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

Frances McDormand was awarded the Best Actress Oscar award at the Academy Awards on Sunday for her role in "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri." But after she gave an inspirational speech about women finding equality in Hollywood, her golden statue was stolen. A man was arrested on suspicion of felony theft for allegedly taking the accolade at the annual Governors Ball party, according to People.

The 60-year-old actress was at the party with her husband, filmmaker Joel Coen, when the award was being engraved with her name. That's when she realized it was gone. 

A reporter from The New York Times tweeted about the incident, saying that security was looking for the award. The reporter, Cara Buckley, tweeted a photo of the alleged suspect from the incident:

The actress's rep confirmed the stolen statue.

"I can confirm that after a brief time apart, Frances and her Oscar were happily reunited last night. They celebrated their reunion with a double cheeseburger from In-N-Out,” McDormand’s rep told People.

The Academy also confirmed that the "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" star was a victim of the crime.

“Best Actress winner Frances McDormand and her Oscar were happily reunited after a brief separation at last night’s Governors Ball. The alleged thief was quickly apprehended by a photographer and members of our fast-acting Academy and security teams,” an Academy spokesperson told the publication. “The 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' star resumed her celebrations.”

In her acceptance speech, McDormand called for the women of Hollywood to be recognized. She asked all of the women nominated to stand up and instructed the men in the room to support them professionally.

“Look around, ladies and gentlemen, because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed,” she announced. Then she said: “I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentlemen: inclusion rider.”

An inclusion rider, as Time shares, is something that actors can implement into their contracts that ensures that certain gender and racial equity is upheld in hiring on a film.

As Alicia Lutes of Nerdist tweeted, "It's a part in one's contract that requires a minimum percentage of POC/women in all the other positions, above the line, below the line, working on the film."

[Photo: Getty Images]

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