'Women Talking' director Sarah Polley's 11-year-old orders her to return her Oscar in 'cruel' April Fools' Day prank
Oscar winner Sarah Polley shared her child's April Fools' Day prank on Twitter on Saturday.
Polley's 11-year-old posed as the Academy and told the "Women Talking" screenwriter to return her Oscar.
"We will give it to the rightful best adapted screenplay: 'All Quiet on the Western Front,'" the letter read.
Oscar-winning screenwriter Sarah Polley received a special April Fools' Day prank from her 11-year-old child to commemorate the holiday this year.
On Saturday, the "Women Talking" director took to Twitter to share photos of a letter she received — ostensibly from David Rubin, the former president of the Academy.
"Dear Sarah Polley, we say this to you with the deepest regrets: the Oscar you received was given by mistake — you must return it," the letter, which was actually written by Polley's kid, began. At the 2023 Academy Awards ceremony, Polley took home the Oscar for best adapted screenplay for her film "Women Talking."
—@realSarahPolley (she/her) (@realsarahpolley) April 1, 2023
Polley's kid continues: "We are giving you one more week to enjoy its presence in your home, but after that period of time you must mail it back to LA, where we will give it to the rightful best adapted screenplay: 'All Quiet on the Western Front.' We are sorry for your loss, but it is only fair that the play with the real best adapted screenplay gets the Oscar."
The letter goes on to say that the Academy didn't want another "Year of the Moonlight" — referring to when Oscars presenters announced the wrong winner in 2017 — so they didn't revoke the award during the ceremony. Polley's child also writes that the April Fools' Day delivery date might mistakenly lead Polley to believe the letter is a joke.
"This is much too cruel to be a joke, ergo we deeply apologize for any inconvenience we may have caused you," the prank reads.
Edward Berger, the director and screenwriter of "All Quiet on the Western Front," replied to Polley's tweet instructing her on how to hand over the Oscar.
"Dear Sarah, to save on mailing costs as I live overseas the Academy has asked me to provide you with my address so you can ship the Oscar directly. I will follow up shortly. Ok with you? All best, Edward," Berger jokingly tweeted.
Twitter users were quick to note that writing abilities must run in the Polley family.
"With this cleverness at age 11, there are more writing awards in your family's future," one Twitter user wrote. "They got out the thesaurus for this one," another user tweeted.
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