No need to erect three billboards outside the Dolby Theatre. The suspect who stole Frances McDormand new Best Actress Oscar Sunday at the Governors Ball has been caught and booked on felony grand theft, but not before he flaunted the statuette on Facebook as if he had won it himself.
After swiping the trophy from the “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” star’s table, Terry Bryant, 47, posted a nearly three-minute video of himself boasting about his “win” for “music.” “Got this tonight! This is mine. We got it tonight, baby!” he said before kissing the trophy. After offering photo ops to bystanders, he said he’d be heading to the Vanity Fair Oscar party.
Bryant was apprehended before he got on an escalator to leave the Governors Ball, TMZ reports. He was booked on a felony grand theft charge early Monday morning, the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed to Variety.
According to Cara Buckley of The New York Times, McDormand had set the Oscar down to chat when it was taken. A photographer for Wolfgang Puck, who caters the Governors Ball, managed to snap a photo of Bryant brandishing the Oscar, which had already been engraved with McDormand’s name, Buckley tweeted, along with the incriminating picture.
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
Buckley said the man snuck back into the Governors Ball and McDormand said to “let him go.” It’s unclear how long exactly it took to apprehend him.
According to USA Today, McDormand was spotted crying outside the Governors Ball when she thought her Oscar was lost for good as security searched, and left with her husband Joel Coen.
McDormand’s rep confirmed the temporary separation and their celebratory reunion meal: “Fran and Oscar are happily reunited and are enjoying an In-N-Out burger together.”
This is the type of justice Mildred Hayes would want.
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