Frances McDormand Oscar Caper: Man Arrested for Trying to Swipe Statuette at Governors Ball

Culprit was booked on grand theft charges

Last Updated: March 5, 2018 @ 10:10 AM

A man was arrested in connection with the attempted theft of Frances McDormand’s Best Actress Oscar Sunday night at the Governors Ball, the Los Angeles Police Department told TheWrap on Monday.

An LAPD spokesperson told TheWrap that the culprit, Terry Bryant, was booked on felony grand theft charges. Authorities said he had a ticket to the event.

“Best Actress winner Frances McDormand and her Oscar were happily reunited after a brief separation at last night’s Governors Ball,” an Academy spokesperson told TheWrap. “The alleged thief was quickly apprehended by a photographer and members of our fast-acting Academy and security teams. The ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ star resumed her celebrations.”

On Sunday, New York Times culture reporter Cara Buckley tweeted a picture of the alleged thief that was taken by Wolfgang Puck’s photographer, along with her description of the incident.

“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.”

A representative for McDormand told USA Today that the “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” star’s award had found its way back to her.

“Fran and Oscar are happily reunited and are enjoying an In-N-Out burger together,” the rep said.

Meanwhile, Bryant posted video evidence of his theft on Facebook. “Sup babies, look, my team got this tonight,” he bragged in the video before giving the statuette a kiss.

You can watch the video below.