Man Arrested For Stealing Frances McDormand’s Oscar
FRANCES MCDORMAND’S OSCAR STATUE STOLEN & RETURNED
Later that night, the actress’ Oscar statue of stolen from her at an after-party, but luckily the thief was caught. Terry Bryant, 47, was allegedly the Oscar knapper. Reports say he was caught taking a photo with it, when another photographer saw him and reclaimed the statue to return to McDormand.
Bryant is being held on bail for $20,000. McDormand was reunited with her Oscar that night at the Governors Ball, where all statues are engraved with the winners’ names. Prior to finding it, however, the actress was spotted crying after giving up her search and leaving with her filmmaker husband Joel Coen.
Hours later, McDormand’s representative Simon Halls confirmed to USA Today that the statue had been found and returned. “Fran and Oscar are happily reunited and are enjoying an In-N-Out burger together,” Halls wrote in an email.
Cara Buckley of the New York Times tweeted out an image of the alleged robber holding the Oscar, and said that “Frances has said to let him go.”
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
— Cara Buckley (@caraNYT) March 5, 2018
This is McDormand’s second Best Actress Oscar, having won her first 21 years ago for her role in Fargo. The actress received a rousing round of applause at her acceptance speech when she encouraged all the female nominees to stand up. “I have two words to leave you with tonight – inclusion rider,” she said. The two-word phrase caused confusion on the internet at the time, with many misunderstanding the word “rider” for “writer,” but an inclusion rider states that an actor can demand at least 50% diversity in the casting and crew of a film.