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Oscar host Whoopi Goldberg's Oscar stolen, recovered

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Oscar host Whoopi Goldberg's Oscar stolen, recovered

Oscar host Whoopi Goldberg's Academy Award was stolen after it was sent out for cleaning, but was recovered Tuesday, the academy said. 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 Friday by United Parcel Service, but the box was empty when it arrived Tuesday at R.S. Owens Co. of Chicago, the company that makes the statues. 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. Cafarelli said a UPS security guard at the Ontario, Calif., airport found the Oscar. Cafarelli said UPS officials told him it was discovered in a trash bin.

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