Frances McDormand had her Oscar stolen at an after-party

Posted March 09, 2018

A man accused of stealing Frances McDormand's Oscar from an after party will deny a charge of grand theft of property, his lawyer has said.

If convicted of his charge, Bryant could face up to three years in jail, the district attorney's office said.

He quickly gave it up when confronted by a photographer, police said.

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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. "You know what? I can't believe I got this", Bryant says to the camera.

Frances McDormand should have taken home the Oscar for Best Actress last night - literally, because she did in fact win the category. His bond has been set at $20,000.

The video, shot late Sunday night as many guests were leaving the Governors Ball, shows a man in a tuxedo who appears to be 47-year-old Terry Bryant holding an Oscar statuette highly and proudly as an onlooker cheers. Bryant then smooches the statue several times before yelling "Who wants to tell me congratulations?"

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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.

Mr Brookman made the comment at a press conference at Los Angeles' Foltz Criminal Justice Centre where Bryant was due to appear.

When he was leaving the ball, a photographer confronted him after not recognising him as a victor.

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In the video, Bryant films himself drinking alcohol and kissing an Oscar, exclaiming, "This is mine!" She left reporters with this thought: "Perhaps his story is a commentary on our whole society and its obsession with its 15 minutes of fame", Levy said.