×

Frances McDormand’s Alleged Oscar Thief Arrested

UPDATED: Celebrity photographer Alex Berliner and his media escort became superheroes Sunday night when they chased down the thief who stole Frances McDormand’s Oscar from the Governors Ball and asked him to hand over the trophy, Variety observed. They let the robber go and then security caught up with him.

The man accused of stealing Frances McDormand’s Oscar, Terry Bryant, was arrested Sunday night, and was officially charged Tuesday with one felony count of grand theft, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office announced.

Bryant was booked at 11:50 p.m. on Sunday after snatching the best actress statue from McDormand’s table at the Governors Ball following the ceremony. His bail is set at $20,000, and he is due to be arraigned on Wednesday. He faces a maximum of three years in county jail if convicted.

New York Times culture reporter Cara Buckley tweeted on Sunday night that the alleged thief was stopped by Wolfgang Puck’s photographer (Puck caters the annual party). The Oscar was then returned to McDormand, who allegedly told security to release the man.

“Security at the Governors Ball are looking for this guy, who grabbed Frances McDormand’s Oscar and ran out with it,” Buckley wrote. “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.”

The Governors Ball, held at the Ray Dolby Ballroom, is the official after-party of the Academy Awards.

McDormand’s rep, Simon Halls, confirmed to Variety that the trophy was returned to its rightful owner.

“After a brief time apart, Frances and her Oscar were happily reunited last night,” Halls said in an email. “They celebrated their reunion with a double cheeseburger from In-N-Out.”

Bryant, 47, promoted the escapade on his Facebook page, posting a video of himself with the trophy. His social media shows him also posing with a “friend’s” SAG award and attending the Grammys and several other awards shows.

Bryant has a criminal history including burglary, assault and car theft, according to court records. In 2012, a Los Angeles judge sentenced him to a year in jail after he pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor counts of burglary and two counts of disobeying a court order. The case was briefly suspended until the court could determine that he was mentally competent to enter a plea, records show. In 2001, Bryant was sentenced to two years of probation in Oregon for assault, theft, and criminal mischief. In 2000, he was convicted in Oregon of criminal trespassing. Bryant was also convicted of car theft in Los Angeles in 1995, according to court records. In that case, he was sentenced to 180 days in county jail.

McDormand won the Oscar for her gripping performance as grieving mother Mildred Hayes in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Her moving acceptance speech concluded with a call for stars to negotiate for inclusion riders in their contracts.

Watch McDormand get her Oscar engraved right before the theft.

More Film

  • Tokyo Director-in-Focus-at-Japan-Now

    Nobuhiko Obayashi set as Japanese Director in Focus at Tokyo Film Festival

    Indie director, Nobuhiko Obayashi will be feted as the director in focus at the Japan Now section of this year’s Tokyo International Film Festival. The festival will give a world premiere to his “Labyrinth of Cinema.” Supporting his art by shooting commercials, Obayashi is an indie whose dreamy works have influenced numerous other directors in [...]

  • Jimmi Simpson Joins Russell Crowe Movie

    Jimmi Simpson Joins Russell Crowe Thriller 'Unhinged' (EXCLUSIVE)

    Jimmi Simpson will play a key role in “Unhinged,” Variety has learned. He joins an impressive cast that includes Oscar-winner Russell Crowe and Caren Pistorius. Solstice Studios is producing the psychological thriller, which is currently filming in New Orleans. “Unhinged” centers on a woman named Rachel (Pistorius), who leans on her horn at the wrong [...]

  • David Crosby

    David Crosby Says New Documentary 'Remember My Name' Is Like 'Being Naked in Public’

    “It’s not easy. It’s hard being naked in public,” David Crosby, the legendary troubadour of classic rock, reflected at Tuesday night’s New York City premiere of “David Crosby: Remember My Name.” “I don’t know what to do here. There’s no guitars, no drums,” he laughed. Directed by newcomer A.J. Eaton and produced by the legendary [...]

  • Javier Bardem Dune

    Javier Bardem in Talks to Play King Triton in Disney's 'Little Mermaid'

    Javier Bardem is in talks to play King Triton in Disney’s live-action remake of “The Little Mermaid.” Halle Bailey will portray the Ariel, a mermaid princess who dreams of being a human, while Melissa McCarthy is playing her evil aunt Ursula. Harry Styles is also in early talks to play Prince Eric. “The Little Mermaid” [...]

  • UglyDolls

    STX Tries to Put Flops Behind It as It Searches for Star Executive, Fresh Capital

    After a series of film flops and an aborted initial public offering, STX Entertainment is battling mounting skepticism that it can survive in an increasingly unforgiving movie business. As it hustles to find $500 million in fresh capital, the company, which operates in the red according to financial disclosures, is simultaneously hoping to attract a [...]

  • Ryan Simpkins

    Ryan Simpkins Joins Fox-Disney's 'Fear Street' (EXCLUSIVE)

    Ryan Simpkins has joined Fox-Disney’s second installment of 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment’s “Fear Street” trilogy, based on the novels by R.L. Stine. Leigh Janiak is helming all three films. Previously announced cast includes Gillian Jacobs, Sadie Sink, Emily Rudd, McCabe Slye, Kiana Madeira, Olivia Welch, Benjamin Flores Jr., Ashley Zukerman, Fred Hechinger, Julia [...]

  • MPAA Logo

    Motion Picture Association of America Hires Emily Lenzner as Communications Chief

    The Motion Picture Association of America has appointed veteran public relations executive Emily Lenzner as its executive VP of global communications and public affairs. She will report to Chairman and CEO Charles Rivkin and oversee the trade group’s communications team in the U.S. and internationally. Lenzner will start Aug. 1 and be based at the MPAA’s [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content