At an Oscars after-party on Sunday night, a male who allegedly snatched Frances McDormand’s Oscar for best singer was foiled by an eventuality photographer before he could get away. It positively wouldn’t be a initial such attempt. Of the 3,097 Oscar statuettes a Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has handed out before to Sunday, 79 of them have starred in several crimes, mysteries, and happy endings estimable of a large screen. Let’s hurl camera on a brief history…
1929: First Academy Awards ceremony: Winners get a gold-plated bronze statuette (13.5 inches tall, 8.5 pounds) depicting “a horseman station on a tilt of film retaining a crusader’s sword.”
1938: The open is in a tizzy amid rumors that a poser male came onstage—no TV behind then—and supposed Alice Brady’s best ancillary singer endowment for In Old Chicago usually to disappear. (Brady was incompetent to attend a ceremony.)
1939: The academy strictly adopts a “Oscar” nickname. Nobody is certain where it came from, though then-academy librarian Margaret Herrick, on saying a statues for a initial time, presumably pronounced a figure looked like her uncle Oscar.
1943-45: Wartime steel shortage: Bronze Oscars are temporarily transposed with smear ones.
1950: Sid Grauman, a 1949 winner, dies, and his endowment goes adult for auction. The academy dispatches a deputy to retrieve it. New manners are put into place: Subsequent Oscar winners contingency offer a academy a initial possibility to buy behind a statue—for $1—and any figurine is given a traceable sequence number.
1954: A housekeeper allegedly creates off with Margaret O’Brien’s superb child singer figurine. Forty years later, dual group buy it during a California flea marketplace for $500 and “present” it behind to O’Brien. The academy rewards them with tickets to a subsequent ceremony.
1970s: Hattie McDaniel’s best ancillary singer endowment for Gone With a Wind—the initial Oscar given to a black woman—goes missing from a arrangement box during Howard University. Oscars won by cinematographer Karl Freund and executive Lewis Milestone also are stolen in (apparently) apart incidents. Freund’s statuette is recovered 15 years later, after his son-in-law sees it advertised in a Los Angeles Times for $20,000. Milestone’s dual awards are recovered in 1991 from a home of actor Christopher Riordan, who claims he got them from a friend. But McDaniel’s Oscar is never found.
1978: Oscar leader Gig Young fatally shoots his mother and himself. After his daughter sues for tenure of her dad’s figurine, Young’s representative is forced to bequest it to her.
1986: After Gone With a Wind art executive Lyle Wheeler fails to compensate his bill, a storage trickery auctions off his belongings—including a box containing his 5 Oscars. The buyers, a California couple, exclude to lapse them, though they sell one statuette (for $21,250) to someone who does.
1992: Harold Russell, a infirm actor who won for his description of a infirm maestro in 1946’s The Best Years of Our Lives, auctions off his figurine to cover medical losses for his wife, Betty, he primarily claims. (The academy’s restrictions usually cover post-1950 awards.) “I adore a Oscar, though we adore my mother more,” he tells a New York Times. He after admits that he sole it to pillow a couple’s retirement.
1993: Gold rush! Vivien Leigh’s best singer endowment for Gone With a Wind (1939) fetches some-more than $500,000 during auction. Three years hence, Clark Gable’s best actor statuette (It Happened One Night, 1934) goes for $600,000-plus. Three years after that, Michael Jackson shells out $1.5 million for a Gone With a Wind best design Oscar—which is reported blank in 2016.
2000: In LA’s Koreatown, 61-year-old scavenger Willie Fulgear stumbles opposite 10 make-up crates containing 52 Oscar statuettes stolen in movement before they could be handed out. The academy rewards him with $50,000 and tickets to a ceremony. One of a 3 culprits is after suggested to be a relations of Fulgear.
2002: Whoopi Goldberg sends her best ancillary singer Oscar (Ghost, 1990) behind to a academy for replating. It goes blank and is found after in a rabble can during a Los Angeles airport.
2003: During a drug raid nearby Miami, FBI agents redeem one of 3 statuettes that were blank from a large Koreatown cache.
2016: Ph.D. tyro Olivia Rutigliano, who marks blank Oscars (read a story about her here)—reveals that a onstage burglary of Alice Brady’s Oscar behind in 1938 was, in fact, feign news. The poser male who supposed a statue was Brady’s director, Henry King.
2017: Amid a chaos of a Harvey Weinstein scandal, dual of a Weinstein Company’s Oscar statues go missing. Elsewhere, actor Richard Dreyfuss reveals that he keeps his 1978 Oscar for The Goodbye Girl in a fridge. “I don’t like to brag,” he jokes during another awards gala, “but we like everybody to know about it.”
2018: McDormand gets her Oscar behind and a purported law-breaker is arrested. McDormand and her statue “celebrated a reunion with a double cheeseburger from In-N-Out Burger,” her publicist told a Associated Press. Twelve Oscars sojourn unaccounted for. Two of them, fittingly, are from Gone With a Wind.
This essay has been updated.