LOS ANGELES – Sunday night was a roller coaster of emotion for Best Actress winner Frances McDormand, who won for her performance as Mildred Hayes in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” After the Academy Awards at the Governor’s Ball, McDormand’s statuette was stolen, leaving her in tears.
McDormand sobbed dramatically, “They’ve taken my boy, they’ve taken my little Oscar!” But the notoriously tough actress quickly pulled herself together and asked herself, “What would Mildred do?”
“If I learned anything from my character Mildred Hayes, it’s that when your baby is taken from you, you never give up on getting justice,” said McDormand. Within minutes, McDormand contacted Hollywood Outdoor Advertising and had 3 billboards erected in the vicinity of the crime.
“Just like that, I got my little Oscar back!” McDormand beamed as she grinned and gripped her award tightly with both hands. “People underestimate the power of billboards, but I have two words to leave with you tonight ladies and gentleman: outdoor advertising.”