"Story is completely untrue," Colin Firth's representative told The Envelope, referring to reports that her client left his Oscar in the bathroom soon after winning Sunday night. "Though it did give us a good laugh."
"Colin Firth was so flushed by his Oscar triumph that he left his Best Actor trophy on top of a loo," reported London's Daily Mail about his attendance at the Vanity Fair party. "Luckily, the cloakroom attendant spotted it on a cistern and chased after the star to hand it back."
If "The King's Speech" star really had left his statuette in the washroom, he wouldn't have been the first. Meryl Streep famously abandoned her Oscar for "Kramer vs. Kramer" (1979), but was reunited with it moments later when another ladies room occupant discovered it and ran after her. Who can blame Streep for the oversight, actually? After all, it was merely a statuette for the supporting category. She'd catch up with the Oscar for lead actress three years later ("Sophie's Choice").
-- Tom O'Neil
Photo: Colin Firth, Oscar firmly in hand. Credit: Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press