Alleged Oscar thief to be arraigned on grand theft charges
(LOS ANGELES) — The man who allegedly stole Frances McDormand’s Oscar is set to be arraigned in a Los Angeles court tomorrow.
The suspect, Terry Bryant, has been charged with one felony count of grand theft. According to the criminal complaint, Bryant “did unlawfully steal, take, carry, lead, and drive away” McDormand’s Best Actress Oscar statuette, which has a value of more than $950.
He faces a maximum sentence of three years in county jail if convicted. His bail was recommended at $20,000.
Bryant was arrested Sunday night shortly after he allegedly swiped the trophy from the annual post-Oscars Governors Ball.
In a statement obtained by ABC News Monday, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences said, “Best Actress winner Frances McDormand and her Oscar were happily reunited after a brief separation at last night’s Governors Ball. 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.”
McDormand won the Best Actress Oscar, her second, for her role in Three Billboards. She plays Mildred Hayes, a foul-mouthed woman who rents three billboards in an attempt to shame the local authorities into solving her daughter’s murder. She’d previously won for her role as pregnant police chief Marge Gunderson in the 1996 movie Fargo.
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