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Frances McDormand gave the inclusion rider some major exposure at the 2018 Academy Awards. (Getty Images)

Frances McDormand had a very eventful night at the 90th Academy Awards on Sunday.

Not only did she claim her second Best Actress statue for her performance in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” but she also gave a rousing speech that celebrated all of the other female nominees, before then introducing the term “inclusion rider” to the millions watching at home.

That was just the beginning, though. Because it now transpires that McDormand’s Best Actress award was stolen right off her table at The Governor’s Ball party following the event. It didn’t take long for McDormand to notice it was missing, and she soon alerted security, who then got in contact with the police.

Luckily for the police the thief wasn’t hard to track down. Because, as TMZ reported, Terry Bryant shot a video of himself with the gong, and even asked others in attendance if they wanted a photo with it. The criminal mastermind then took the rather unwise step of uploading the clip to Facebook, which proved to be his undoing.


By the end of the night McDormand had been reunited with her Best Actress Oscar, which will now sit alongside her 1997 statuette for “Fargo.” In fact, a representative for the actress told TMZ, “Fran and Oscar are happily reunited and are enjoying an In-N-Out burger together.”

There was even more activity for Frances McDormand earlier in the evening, though. The newly crowned Best Actress Academy Award winner was also the proud recipient of a kiss from Wonder Woman herself Gal Gadot, as the two megastars came together to celebrate the triumphant evening.  

It has been a hugely successful past few weeks for McDormand, who also won the BAFTA, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, Critics’ Choice and Detroit Film Critics Society awards for her portrayal of a grieving mother in Martin McDonagh’s dark comedy.

But while her performance in the film was particularly impressive, there’s a good chance that McDormand’s Academy Awards acceptance will leave the longest lasting impression. It was just that good. You can watch it in all of its splendor below.

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