A man has been charged on suspicion of stealing Frances McDormand’s Oscar at an awards after-party.
McDormand collected the award for Best Actress at the Hollywood ceremony on Sunday night (March 4) for her role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. She has since been reunited with her award.
Terry Bryant, 47, was arrested after allegedly swiping McDormand’s trophy and bragging about it on Facebook.
Bryant is said to have uploaded a video to Facebook, in which he encouraged strangers at the Governor’s Ball party to congratulate him on his win. The video has since been taken down.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bryant has now been charged with felony theft and faces a maximum sentence of three years in jail if convicted.
Bryant is being held on $20,000 bail.
Previously, The New York Times writer Cara Buckley took to Twitter to describe how a man “grabbed Frances McDormand’s Oscar and ran out with it” at the Governors Ball after-party after McDormand “had set it down and was chatting”.
Buckley then detailed how a photographer working for celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck later “stopped” the suspect and retrieved the Oscar, before the man “disappeared back into the ball”.
“Apparently Frances has said to let him go,” Buckley added.
Security at the Governors Ball are looking for this guy, who grabbed Frances McDormand’s Oscar and ran out with it. Wolfgang Puck’s photographer stopped him, got the Oscar back, and the guy disappeared back into the ball. Apparently Frances has said to let him go. #Oscars #Drama pic.twitter.com/5tlsx4Ulwt
— Cara Buckley (@caraNYT) March 5, 2018
USA Today reported that McDormand was “spotted crying emotionally outside the Governors Awards ball after giving up the search for the statuette on the premises”.
A representative for has McDormand later told the publication that the star was “happily reunited” with her award and that “Fran and Oscar” were “enjoying an In-N-Out burger together”.
After picking up the trophy from Jennifer Lawrence and Jodie Foster, McDormand used her acceptance speech to honour her fellow female nominees.