A 47-year-old man has been charged with stealing Frances McDormand's Academy Award.
Bryant walked out of the Governors Ball Oscars after-party with McDormand's Best Actress award on Sunday (March 4), according to authorities. News of the near-snatching first broke after a New York Times culture reporter tweeted police were looking for a man, now identified as Terry Bryant, who proclaimed the Best Actress winner's trophy was his "best [music] producer" honor. Bryant could get three years in jail.
"There's a big difference between holding an Oscar and what he's charged with", Brookman said outside court, where Bryant was arraigned Wednesday and pleaded not guilty.
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The victor of Best actress category in Oscars this year, Frances McDormand was in for a big surprise after the event. His Instagram includes a photo he says was taken at a Vanity Fair party that shows him holding an Oscar statuette in 2017. A man, now identified by Los Angeles police as Terry Bryant, tried to make off with her statuette after grabbing it from her table.
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He faced a charge of felony grand theft after the LAPD arrested him Sunday night.
Prosecutors said Bryant was witnessed taking the statuette before being detained near an exit. "The first thing", del Toro said, "the most outstanding thing, was I went to change my trousers and my shoes".
McDormand's representative, Simon Halls, confirmed the trophy was eventually returned to her.
"My team got this tonight", Bryant says in the video. McDormand used her precious amount of acceptance speech time to have all the women in the room who had been nominated for an award stand and be recognized for their hard work. While Frances happily celebrated her night with her son Pedro Coen at The Governor's Ball afterparty, pictured above, there was one point when Frances actually thought she might go home empty-handed.