Producer's Kid Breaks King's Speech Oscar

Statuette rushed to surgery after baby drops it
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 8, 2011 2:59 AM CST
Emile Sherman, left to right, Iain Canning and Gareth Unwin pose backstage with the Oscar for best motion picture for "The King’s Speech."    (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

(Newser) – If King's Speech co-producer Simon Egan ever wins another Oscar, he probably won't be letting any babies near it. Egan's 15-month-old daughter dropped and broke the movie's Best Picture award at a celebration the morning after the ceremony. She lost her grip after being given the statuette to hold for a photo. No one yelled at little Lara after the accident, but the party crowd did go deathly quiet, said Egan.The statuette, which suffered a bashed head, a damaged shoulder, and a dislodged chest plate, was rushed to the Academy for treatment.

"They gave us a brand spanking new Oscar within minutes after a lady wearing gloves took our damaged one away," Egan tells the Telegraph. (Lara is now "scared" to go near it, he added.) "In a funny way I was surprised not to see other sheepish people in there with their damaged Oscars sitting there nursing tears. I was stunned by the speed at which the Academy responded. I had no idea that they had an 'Oscar Hospital' on standby."

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