Man accused of stealing Frances McDormand's Oscar arrested

This year's best actress Oscar victor Frances McDormand's trophy was briefly stolen at the official after-party, following which a man suspected of stealing it was arrested.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, a photographer, who was in attendance, was of the opinion Bryant was acting strangely and ultimately contacted security.

LAPD said Bryant was a ticket holder for the Governor's Ball, which is the official formal dinner after the ceremony.

Backstage, McDormand said she just learned of such a possibility last week although she said the opportunity to ask for or demand diversity in cast and crew is not new.

Hall said in an email: "Fran and Oscar are happily reunited and are enjoying an In-N-Out Burger together".

McDormand won the Oscar, her second, for her performance in "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri".

A man accused of stealing Frances McDormand's Oscar from an after party has a long history of theft convictions, a court was told. While people swarm in to touch the stolen award - which Bryant repeatedly says he got "for music" - he can be heard asking people where the parties are happening.

Terry Bryant, 57, who has been jailed since his Sunday night arrest, appeared behind glass in the courtroom in a blue jail jumpsuit and pleaded not guilty.

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Police say Bryant handed back the statuette without a struggle.

The hapless thief remains in police custody on $20,000 bail.

McDormand delivered a rallying cry for the #MeToo movement, which seeks to end harassment and gender double-standards, as she accepted her latest Oscar.

He kissed the golden trophy and even urged other partygoers at the post-show Governors Ball to congratulate him.

"Look it, baby. My team got this tonight".

She said: "I think the idea that activists are taking that kind of statement and putting it out there".

Bryant's Instagram account shows him holding trophies from several big awards shows while posing as a victor.

  • Regina Walsh