Lost Oscar is returned to US Army

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An Oscar awarded for the 1942 military documentary Prelude to War, which President Roosevelt described as a film that “every man, woman and child in the world should see”, has been returned to the US Army. The documentary was made by Frank Capra a few weeks after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. The film won an Oscar for Best Documentary by the US Army Special Services but the statue, left, disappeared in 1970. It was found after being offered for a Christie’s sale and was returned to the Army in a ceremony and screening in Hollywood.

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