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Sarah Polley Betrayed By Own Daughter

Her daughter punked her with an April Fools’ Day joke about returning her hard-won Oscar

At TheRockies.Life, we celebrate extraordinary Canadians. We highlight local heroes, community leaders, and Canadians breaking new ground. Sarah Polley fits that bill.

Sarah Polley is an accomplished Canadian filmmaker, retired actor, and political activist. You may know her from her role as Ramona Quimby in the TV series Ramona. Or maybe you fell in love after watching her directional debut, Away from Her.

So when her daughter punked her this April Fools’ Day, we had to tell you about it!

Polley took to the stage after winning her first Academy Award. She was awarded the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for her movie Women Talking, based on Miriam Toews’ novel.

“Miriam Toews wrote an essential novel about a radical democracy in which people who don’t agree on every single issue managed to sit together in a room and carve out a way forward free of violence. They do so not just by talking but also by listening,” commented Polley during her acceptance speech.

Polley’s Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay was hard won. She was up against heavy hitters like Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, All Quiet on the Western Front, and Top Gun: Maverick.

So when Polley received a letter from David Ruben on April 1, 2023, asking her to return her Oscar, she was suspicious. According to the letter, she was mistakenly given the Oscar meant for All Quiet on the Western Front.

“In hindsight, we should have told you when we realized it, on the night on which the Oscar was given, but you must understand that we did not want another ‘Year of the Moonlight’…We also did not want it to get all over your local news,” the letter stated.

In case you didn’t know, ‘Year of Moonlight’ refers to the 2017 Oscars when the film La La Land was accidentally named Best Picture over Moonlight. It was awkward for everyone when the mistake became apparent.

However, the crafty letter wasn’t actually from Ruben. It was an April Fools’ Day joke plotted by Polley’s 11-year-old child, Eve!

Eve was committed to her prank and repeatedly insisted that the letter was not a joke. While Eve’s acting was stellar, she couldn’t pull the wool over her mother’s eyes.

In a Twitter post, Polley posted a picture of the letter with the caption, “my eleven-year-old swung low for April Fools Day this year.”

Edward Berger, the director of All Quiet on the Western Front, decided to get in on the joke. In response to her tweet, Berger offered to give Polley his address so she could save on shipping costs for the Oscar.

Eve’s prank was all in good fun. Polley certainly got a good laugh, and so did we!

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