An Oscar Award is a dream come true for anyone associated with making a film. Be it the actors, directors, producers, writers, cinematographers, there always has been a desire in the hearts of these artists- an Oscar win. After a person wins the Academy Award, they are flooded with tons of offers from all over the world. The big-budgeted movie studios want these actors to headline blockbusters films and franchises while legendary filmmakers want them for challenging projects.
You will think that after working so hard to win an Oscar, the winners will be keeping their Oscars safely hidden in a vault. But a lot of celebs have been quite casual with their Oscars and some of them have even lost their Oscars.
Fun Fact: Did you know that the winners are not the Owners of Oscar and all the Oscars are owned by the Academy, they just loan it to the winners! Here are 10 Hollywood celebs who lost their Oscars:
1. Jeff Bridges:
The actor won the Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role in 2010. He has since lost his Oscar and has no idea where it is but is hopeful that it will turn up someday.
2. Jennifer Lawrence:
Lawrence is another actress who considers having Oscar on display a bad omen. Upon winning Best Actress for Silver Linings Playbook in 2013, J-Law immediately gave the Oscar to her mother, Karen, to take back to the family home in Kentucky.
“I don’t know where it is,” says Lawrence. “I think it might be in Kentucky. If not, it’s gone I don’t have it.” This doesn’t surprise us coming from the endearingly gawky actress who tripped on her way to the stage and almost had a heart-attack meeting Jack Nicholson at the after-party.
3. Angelina Jolie:
At the 2000 Academy Awards ceremony, after Angelina Jolie planted a kiss on her brother and made the world collectively squirm, she went onstage and collected a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role as Lisa in Girl, Interrupted.
She later presented the trophy to her mother, Marcheline Bertrand. The statuette may have been boxed up and put into storage when Marcheline died in 2007, but it hasn't yet surfaced. "I didn't actually lose it," Jolie said, "but nobody knows where it is at the moment."
4. Whoopi Goldberg:
The actress won the Oscar in 1991 for her role in Ghost. She gave it to the Academy for cleaning it in 2002 and The Academy sent the Oscar to a company in Chicago, which manufactures the Oscar statues. When the package arrived in Chicago, it was empty! It was later found in a dustbin in Ontario, Canada.
5. Olympia Dukakis:
When Olympia Dukakis's Moonstruck Oscar was stolen from her home in 1989, she called the Academy to see if it could be replaced. "For $78," they said, and she agreed that it seemed like a fair price. It was the only thing taken from the house.
6. Colin Firth:
He won the Oscar for Best Actor in 2011 and briefly lost his Oscar during one of the after parties. He forgot his Oscar on a toilet-tank and later in the night, a toilet-attendant gave him his Oscar.
7. Matt Damon:
When newbie writers Matt Damon and Ben Affleck took home Oscars for writing Good Will Hunting in 1998, it was one of those amazing Academy Award moments. Now, though, Damon isn't sure where his award went. "I know it ended up at my apartment in New York, but unfortunately, we had a flood when one of the sprinklers went off when my wife and I were out of town and that was the last I saw of it," Damon said in 2007.
8. Margaret O'Brien:
She won the Oscar for Best Child Actor in 1945 and she was 7 years old at that time. 10 years later, her Polish made took the Oscar to her home for cleaning as she used to clean it regularly but the maid never came back. Later on, maid's phone was also not working and the Academy gave a replacement to Margaret.
But, in 1995, 2 guys found the Oscar in a flea market and decided to sell it. When the Academy heard of the Oscar auction, they checked and realized it was Margaret's Oscar. The 2 guys never sold the statue and gave the Oscar to Margaret personally. She later said that she'll never give it to a Polish person.
9. BING CROSBY:
Barry Fitzgerald (left) holds his Oscar for Best Supporting Actor while American actor Bing Crosby holds his Oscar for Best Actor, both for their roles in Going My Way; 1945.
For years, Bing Crosby's Oscar for 1944's Going My Way had been on display at his alma mater, Gonzaga University. In 1972, students walked into the school's library to find that the 13-inch statuette had been replaced with a 3-inch Mickey Mouse figurine instead. A week later, the award was found, unharmed, in the university chapel. "I wanted to make people laugh," the anonymous thief later told the school newspaper.
10. Hattie Mcdaniel:
She won the Oscar for the Best Supporting Actress for Gone With The Wind. She donated it to Howard University but the Oscar went missing in the 1960s and no one has seen it since.
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