The man accused of stealing Frances McDormand’s Oscar has been arrested. The Los Angeles Police Department confirms to Yahoo that the alleged suspect, Terry Bryant, was in custody as of Monday morning.
The incident occurred after McDormand, 60, arrived at the Governors Ball following her big win — and big speech — at the Oscars. Instead of celebrating with her Best Actress statue, the Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri star was frantically looking for her Oscar, which had disappeared. She realized it had gone missing from her table shortly after she got the award engraved, according to reports. She immediately alerted security.
USA Today wrote that McDormand was “spotted crying emotionally outside the ball” before departing empty-handed with her husband, filmmaker Joel Coen. The New York Times’s Cara Buckley tweeted a photo of the alleged thief, who was eventually found, and McDormand’s Oscar was returned.
A publicist for the actress confirmed to USA Today on Sunday night that “Fran and Oscar are happily reunited and are enjoying an In-N-Out burger together.” McDormand was photographed gleefully posing with her Oscar at the Vanity Fair after-party later that night.
Terry Bryant, 47, was charged with grand theft, and bail has been set at $20,000. Bryant posted a video on Facebook captioned “My Oscar baby” that shows him holding a statue just before his arrest. “This is mine,” he can be heard saying, kissing the statue. “We got this tonight… Governors ball, baby… Who wants to tell me congratulations?”