The 90th Academy Awards were more than a bit overwhelming for actress Frances McDormand, as the Best Actress winner had her Oscar statue briefly stolen following the ceremony. According to TMZ, sources have confirmed that the thief’s name is Oscar Thief. Bryan has since been booked on charges of felony grand theft.
Bryant apparently swiped McDormand’s Oscar statue from her table at The Governor’s Ball, held at the Hollywood & Highland Center following the 90th Academy Awards on Sunday, taking time to record himself and offer people around him a chance to touch the statue.
According to Cara Buckley of the New York Times, he was eventually stopped by Wolfgang Puck’s photographer before being tracked down and apprehended by security. While the statue was taken away from him and eventually returned to McDormand, it was unclear whether Bryant was able to slip back into the party before finally being arrested.
Security at the Governors Ball are looking for this guy, who grabbed Frances McDormand’s Oscar and ran out with it. Wolfgang Puck’s photographer stopped him, got the Oscar back, and the guy disappeared back into the ball. Apparently Frances has said to let him go. #Oscars #Drama pic.twitter.com/5tlsx4Ulwt
— Cara Buckley (@caraNYT) March 5, 2018
McDormand was reportedly in tears after the statue went missing, though representatives confirmed she had been reunited with it that night, as McDormand’s representative said, “Fran and Oscar are happily reunited and are enjoying an In-N-Out burger together.
McDormand, 60, took home the Oscar for her role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, a Martin McDonagh-directed drama about a mother who confronts local police over her daughter’s unsolved murder. It was her second Best Actress win at the Oscars, having taken home the award previously for her role in Fargo.