Man suspected of stealing Frances McDormand’s Oscar arrested

Best actress award taken from table at official after-party in Hollywood returned to star

Terry Bryant (47), who has been arrested on suspicion of stealing Frances McDormand's Oscar for leading actress, recorded himself posing with the statue. It was later returned to McDormand.

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A man accused of stealing Frances McDormand’s best actress Oscar from an official after-party has been arrested, Los Angeles police said.

Terry Bryant (47), was taken into custody on a grand theft charge and was being held on $20,000 bond, police spokeswoman Norma Eisenman said.

He was arrested on Sunday night after McDormand’s award went missing briefly at the lavish Governor’s Ball party in Hollywood, where Academy Award winners have their statuettes engraved.

The Oscar was retrieved and later returned to McDormand.

“After a brief time apart, Frances and her Oscar were happily reunited. They celebrated the reunion with a double cheeseburger from In and Out,” McDormand’s representative, Simon Halls, said in a statement, referring to a local fast-food chain.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences did not return a request for comment on Monday.

McDormand (60), won her second acting Oscar for her role as an angry, grieving mother in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

Mr Bryant posted a video of himself in a tuxedo at the event holding an Oscar statuette and telling other guests he was a winner. “Look, I got this,” he said in the video. “This is mine!”

It was not immediately clear in what capacity he was attending the event, but police said he had a ticket.

It was not clear how Mr Bryant took possession of the Oscar or how it was recovered.

Reuters photographer Mario Anzuoni said he saw an Academy official at the Governor’s Ball handing the recovered statuette to best actor winner Gary Oldman to return to McDormand.

Oldman posed for photos with the two Oscars but returned it to officials because McDormand had already left the ball. - Reuters

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