Man arrested for allegedly stealing Frances McDormand's Oscar

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Terry Bryant, 47, allegedly swiped McDormand's best actress Academy Award for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, as she celebrated at the Governors Ball ‪on Sunday night‬. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released a statement that the two were "happily reunited after a brief separation" and that the star had "resumed her celebrations".

Bryant's boasting on Sunday night caught the attention of a photographer who did not recognize him as a victor at the ceremony and began following him, police said.

The "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" actress was at the party getting her Oscar engraved. Bryant, a Los Angeles resident, also streamed a video of himself holding and kissing the Oscar statue on Facebook, claiming that it was his.

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.

Best Actress victor Frances McDormand with her statuette.

The victor of Best actress category in Oscars this year, Frances McDormand was in for a big surprise after the event. The Reuters video captured Bryant leaving the ball holding the Oscar and saying, "We got it". It was not clear how Bryant took possession of the Oscar, or in what capacity he was attending the event, but police said he had a ticket to enter. The award was later returned to McDormand.

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

Her first Oscar came for the 1996 film "Fargo", directed by her husband Joel Coen and his brother Ethan.

After being arrested on Sunday from the event, Bryant remained in Police custody till Monday on charges of Felony Grand Larceny and was granted $20,000 bail.

"You know what, I can't believe I got this".

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

"We all have a story to tell and projects we need financed", she said.

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