The man arrested for swiping Frances McDormand’s Oscar trophy paraded a golden statue around an Academy Awards after-party and emphatically boasted he’d won the award himself. Claiming to be a music producer, Terry Bryant held the trophy up high at the Governor’s Ball as he filmed a Facebook Live video and urged other partygoers to congratulate him.
“Lookit baby. My team got this tonight,” Bryant proclaims in the video, before kissing the statue. “This is mine!”
He then allowed a fellow attendee to touch the trophy before asking a bystander for the address to Jimmy Kimmel’s party. Later in the nearly three-minute video, Bryant tells a woman at the ball that he won the award for “best producer.”
“Academy Awards baby for music,” he declares. “You know what, I can’t believe I got this. Can’t believe it. For music.”
Bryant, 47, was arrested for allegedly stealing McDormand’s trophy, which she earned after winning Best Actress for her performance in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
“The incident did occur,” Officer Rosario Herrera of the Los Angeles Police Department said. “The person who was arrested goes by the name Terry Bryant. He was arrested for grand theft, a felony.”
Bryant was taken into custody at 11.50pm Sunday (March 4) and booked a few hours later. He was still being held on US$20,000 bail early Monday, jail records show.
The award has since been returned to McDormand, her rep confirmed to USA Today. “Fran and Oscar are happily reunited and are enjoying an In-N-Out burger together,” her rep told the newspaper.
McDormand, 60, had been seen crying outside of the Governor’s Ball before the award was returned, according to USA Today.
Bryant’s social media pages are filled with photos of him with celebrities – including Beyonce, Rihanna, Stevie Wonder, DJ Khaled and Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel – and him at exclusive events including the Oscars, the Golden Globes and multiple movie premieres.
The theft was first reported by New York Times reporter Cara Buckley, who wrote in a tweet that a man had attempted to make off with McDormand’s gold statue but was stopped.
Sunday night’s award marked the second Best Actress win of McDormand’s career. The star also won the coveted honor for Fargo in 1996. McDormand gave a powerful speech after receiving the award Sunday, inviting every woman nominated for an Oscar to stand up while urging moviemakers to help them tell their stories. – New York Daily News/Tribune News Service