A man was arrested on suspicion of stealing the Oscar of Frances McDormand – winner of best actress prize at the 90th Academy Awards, just after the ceremony on Sunday, the Los Angeles police said.
The police confirmed that Terry Bryant, 47, had been arrested for grand theft, after the statuette was gone at the Governor’s Ball, which is the official formal dinner after the ceremony.
The statuette has since been returned to the best actress winner.
Witnesses said Bryant, dressed in tuxedo, strutted around at the party, claiming that McDormand’s Oscar was his.
“Sup babies, look, my team got this tonight. Who wants to tell me congratulations?” Bryant said in a video posted on Facebook. “This is mine. We got it tonight, baby!”
Onlookers asked to touch the statue and offered congratulations, apparently unaware the Oscar belonged to McDormand.
The 60-year-old actress was celebrating her win of the award for best actress for her role in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”
Her Oscar was awarded for playing an angry and bitter mother who is seeking vengeance after her daughter is raped and murdered.
McDormand received a rousing reception for her acceptance speech, as she exhorted all the women nominees and winners to stand up from their seats to get the recognition they deserved.
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