The Los Angeles Police Department made an arrest in the case of best-actress winner Frances McDormand’s stolen Oscar.
The man who was arrested for allegedly stealing Frances McDormand’s Oscar Sunday night has been charged with felony theft.
According to the Associated Press, Los Angeles County prosecutors charged Terry Bryant, 47, on Tuesday with stealing McDormand’s statuette at the Governors Ball, the formal party that follows the Oscars.
Bryant could get three years in jail.
The Los Angeles Police Department arrested Bryant Monday, and he was being held on $20,000 bail. Bryant is expected to be arraigned in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom on Wednesday
Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel joked about the theft on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday night:
Frances McDormand was robbed last night, but not in the usual way people are robbed at the Oscars….At the afterparty, she put her Oscar down on the table and someone snatched it. And after the guy snatched it, he did the smart thing. He immediately made a video of himself and posted it on Facebook. So then he was arrested for grand theft, which is a felony. And not only is that dumb, it’s dangerous. I would rather steal from Mike Tyson than Frances McDormand, she’ll beat your (expletive). And what’s the long-term plan when you steal an Oscar? Hope your friends didn’t notice you didn’t win Best Actress in 2018?”
McDormand was celebrating her second career best-actress win for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri when the alleged theft took place.
While the Oscar was still missing in action during the party, McDormand was spotted crying outside the ball near her husband, filmmaker Joel Coen.
Security was then dispersed to look for the Oscar which, conveniently, already had McDormand’s name engraved on it. (Oscars are engraved at the Governors Ball.)
Hours later, McDormand’s representative Simon Halls confirmed to USA TODAY that the trophy and the Oscar winner were back together.
“Fran and Oscar are happily reunited and are enjoying an In-N-Out burger together,” Halls said in an email.
The New York Times‘ Cara Buckley tweeted early Monday morning that a man took off with the statue, but was stopped by a photographer for celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck.
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