Oh no! A-lister Frances McDormand took home the Oscar for Best Actress at the Academy Awards on Sunday, March 4, but she reportedly lost the gold statuette soon after receiving it while at an after party.
USA Today reported that the actress attended the Governors Ball party to celebrate her big win for her role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, but was caught crying outside after someone stole her Oscar. She then left the event with her husband, filmmaker Joel Coen.
But don’t worry, the stolen award was reportedly later returned back to Fran (it may have helped that her name was engraved on it). Her rep, Simon Halls, confirmed the reunion to the news outlet, but didn’t give any details on why or how it went missing. “Fran and Oscar are happily reunited and are enjoying an In-N-Out burger together,” he shared. Phew!
Frances stole the show last night with her inspirational acceptance speech. “OK, so I’m hyperventilating a little bit. Pick me up if I fall over a little bit because I’ve got some things to say,” she began on stage. After thanking her co-workers and family, she boldly invited every woman nominee to stand up and join her in her special moment.
She continued, “Look around, everybody. Look around, ladies and gentlemen, because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed. Don’t talk to us about it at the parties tonight. Invite us into your office in a couple days or you can come to ours, whichever suits you best, and we’ll tell you all about them.” Her proclamation, of course, fostered a loud round of applause from the crowd.
She ended her speech with a bold statement. “I have two words to leave with you tonight. Ladies and gentlemen: inclusion rider,” she shared. Congrats to Frances again — now hang on to that Oscar!