Troy Kotsur gets Oscar statue back after car theft

Troy Kotsur, winner of Best Actor in a Supporting Role for "CODA" at the 94th Academy Awards held at Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center on March 27th, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.

The Academy Award winner was in Mesa, Arizona, to receive a key to the city when his jeep carrying the Oscar statue was stolen.

Fortunately, Troy Kotsur has his Oscar statue back.

The “CODA” Best Supporting Actor winner shared that his Jeep was reported stolen on Saturday, August 13. Kotsur’s Academy Award statue was in the car while the actor was on his way to Mesa, Arizona, to… receive a key to the cityand he was asked to bring the statue to the event.

“A small child stole my jeep while I… [my] Oscar in my Jeep,” Kotsur wrote in a tweet that has since been deleted. “The city of Mesa, Az also found my Jeep and Oscar award! Thank you!”

But all is well, as Sgt. Charles Trapani, the Mesa Police Department supervisor, said: People“When Mr. Kotsur notified the department of the theft, officers began their investigation and through investigative techniques they found the vehicle with two underage male suspects in it.”

Two minors admitted to committing the crime and were charged with theft of means of transport. Both were returned to the Maricopa County Juvenile Court System.

Kotsur’s appearance in Mesa was doubly meaningful, as the town is not only Kotsur’s birthplace, but his late father also served as Mesa’s chief of police before passing away in 2001.

Kotsur made history at the 2022 Academy Awards as the second deaf artist to receive an acting Oscar. Marlee Matlin, Kotsur’s co-star of “CODA”, was the first deaf actor to receive an Oscar – in 1987 for “Children of a Lesser God”.

Directed by Sian Heder, “CODA” also won Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay. The independent film previously broke records as the largest Sundance acquisition ever, courtesy of Apple raising it for $25 million. Kotsur won a BAFTA, Critics Choice Award, Film Independent Spirit Award, Gotham Award and SAG Award for his turn in the film. “CODA” also won Best Ensemble Cast at the SAG Awards.

“I’m so honored to be recognized for being a member,” Kotsur previously told IndieWire. “And it’s a blessing because there are so many talented actors I’ve been able to share and celebrate these nominations with.”

Forging his career as a deaf actor, Kotsur was called a “risk taker,” but someone warned by his father that it would be “impossible to be a deaf actor” in Hollywood.

Kotsur added: “I remained stubborn. I continued with my ambition as an actor, because I had a strong gut feeling that something was coming, I didn’t know when. And it didn’t matter, the timeline. But I have to admit it was an extremely arduous journey.”

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