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Oscar winner ordered to hand back award after ‘mistake’ – but all wasn’t as it seemed

Oscar winner An Oscar winner revealed that her 11-year old daughter played prank on her by writing a letter demanding her prestigious award back.

Canadian director and writer Sarah Polley won her Academy Award for Women Talking – starring Claire Foy and Jessie Buckley – in Los Angeles last week.

The 44-year old claimed that she received a letter from the academy on April Fools Day, describing the award for best adapted screenplay as a “mistake”.

The director shared the letter via Tweet and wrote: “My 11 year old swung low this April Fools’ Day.”


The letter purportedly from David Rubin (president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences) read: “We say to you with deepest regrets that the Oscar you received was mistakenly given, and you must return it.”

The letter stated that Polley still had “one week to enjoy it”, but she must then “mail it back in LA, where we will give to the rightful best adapted screenplay of All Quiet On The Western Front”.

The statement continued: “We are sorry about your loss, however it is only fair to award the Oscar to the play with the best-adapted screenplay.”

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In the letter, the film academy stated that it had learned its error on the night of ceremony and wanted to avoid another “fiasco”. This refers to La La Land being awarded best picture at the 2017 ceremony in place of Moonlight.

Edward Berger (director of All Quiet On The Western Front) participated in the Twitter prank.

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Responding to Polley’s tweet, he wrote “Dear Sarah”, which translates as: “Dear Sarah. To save on postal costs, since I live overseas, the academy has asked that you provide me with my address so that you can ship the Oscar directly.”

“I will be in touch shortly. Okay? Edward, all the best.

Polley responded: “My child says to you that it’s already packed and on its way.”

Berger said, “Thanks. Please track the number. We would hate for it not to be found.”

All Quiet On The Western Front was a German-language movie about the brutal realities of World War I. It won four Oscars in March.


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