Oscar host Whoopi Goldberg's Academy Award was stolen after it was sent out for cleaning, but was recovered Tuesday, The Associated Press reports. Goldberg, who won the supporting-actress Oscar for Ghost in 1990, had returned it to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which sent it to the manufacturer for cleaning and replating. The Academy packed up the Oscar and shipped it on Friday via United Parcel Service, but the box was empty when it arrived on Tuesday at R.S. Owens Co. of Chicago, the company that makes the statuettes. The Academy said in a statement that it was stolen from a UPS shipping container. Someone apparently opened the package, removed the Oscar, then resealed the box, said Brad Cafarelli, Goldberg's spokesman.
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