Published: Thu, March 08, 2018
Life&Culture | By Peggy Hughes

Lawyer: Man accused of Oscar theft will fight felony charge

Lawyer: Man accused of Oscar theft will fight felony charge

He allegedly swiped McDormand's best actress Academy Award as she celebrated her win at the Governors Ball on Sunday night. News of the near-snatching first broke after a New York Times culture reporter tweeted police were looking for a man, now identified as Terry Bryant, who proclaimed the Best Actress winner's trophy was his "best [music] producer" honor.

The suspect, Terry Bryant, has been charged with one felony count of grand theft.

She said Bryant was being held on $20,000 (€16,130) bail on Monday morning.

Bryant also posted a video on social media of himself at the event holding an Oscar statuette and telling other guests he was a victor. As Buckley reported, the Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri actress was eventually reunited with her Oscar and had her evening unsoured thanks to Puck's photographer.

LA police said Bryant had a ticket for the ball and he quickly yielded it when confronted by officers.

The Los Angeles Police Department said they arrested Bryant late Sunday night after he was nabbed by security. This is mine. We got it tonight, baby.

In the video, which has now been taken down, he kissed the statue and said: "Lookit baby, my team got this tonight".

Before McDormand retook possession of her Oscar, Reuters photographer Mario Anzuoni saw an Academy official at the Governor's Ball hand the recovered statuette to best actor victor Gary Oldman to return to McDormand.

"A Fantastic Woman", Chile's groundbreaking story about a transgender woman, played by transgender actress Daniela Vega, won best foreign language film, and Mexican-inspired "Coco" was named best animated feature.

McDormand took her award to the party to get it engraved and it went missing.

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