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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Mar 8, 2011 6:36 AM CST
They're so quick to fix them because the winners don't really own the awards. If they or their family/friends get caught trying to sell an award, the Academy swoops in and confiscates it. You can donate them to museums though, which has commonly happened with winners who passed on in the past.
Mar 8, 2011 5:04 AM CST
"Egan's 15-month-old daughter lost her grip after being given the statuette to hold for a photo." Oscar statues weigh 8.5 pounds and the guy hands it to a 15-month-old girl to hold? The guy's a genius... Why didn't he just hand her an anvil?