Someone Tried to Steal Frances McDormand's Oscar

Police say suspect is in custody, and the actress has her statuette back
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 5, 2018 12:43 PM CST
Guy Who Allegedly Stole McDormand's Oscar Busted
Frances McDormand, winner of the award for best performance by an actress in a leading role for "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri", attends the Governors Ball after the Oscars on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Eric Jamison/Invision/AP)

Someone swiped Frances McDormand's Oscar statuette right off her table at the Governor's Ball Sunday night, and police say the alleged thief has been arrested. A photo of the alleged Oscar-napper circulated on social media Sunday night; according to Cara Buckley of the New York Times, a photographer managed to stop him and take the statuette back, but the guy disappeared into the crowd. TMZ says it was actually security who stopped the guy and turned him over to police, after McDormand noticed her Oscar missing and alerted security. The LAPD says Terry Bryant, 47, is being held on suspicion of grand felony theft, reports the AP. Authorities say he had a ticket for the party.

The Academy's official statement clears things up a bit: "Best Actress winner Frances McDormand and her Oscar were happily reunited after a brief separation at last night’s Governors Ball. The alleged thief was quickly apprehended by a photographer and members of our fast-acting Academy and security teams." And McDormand's rep says, "I can confirm that after a brief time apart, Frances and her Oscar were happily reunited last night. They celebrated their reunion with a double cheeseburger from In-N-Out." Both Buckley and the Los Angeles Times initially reported that McDormand reportedly declined to press charges. She won for her role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. (More Frances McDormand stories.)

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