Man arrested for stealing Best Actress Oscar trophy

09 March, 2018, 09:09 | Author: Julian Swanson
  • Frances Mc Dormand made a string call to action while accepting her Best Actress Oscar for Three Billboards last night

The man accused of stealing Frances McDormand's Best Actress Oscar is an awards show red carpet regular who has previously been photographed with other trophies.

Bryant was arrested after McDormand's best actress Oscar went missing briefly at the lavish Governor's Ball party in Hollywood, where Academy Award winners have their statuettes engraved following the annual ceremony. He was captured on the AP video holding it proudly over his head and saying, "All right baby boys and baby girls".

The man has been released on bail and could face a maximum sentence of three years in jail if found guilty.

On his Instagram account, Bryant shows off photos with celebrities, including Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel, who later joked at Bryant's expense. The coveted statue was stolen from the actress' table at the Governor's Ball, TMZ reported, and security began looking for it.

There are strict limits on how an Oscar, formally known as an Award of Merit statuette, can be used, and a victor cannot sell one without first offering to sell it back to the academy for just $1.

Bryant was due to be arraigned in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom Wednesday.

Bryant's past includes arrests for theft, assault and criminal mischief, according to Inside Edition. Bryant then kisses the statue several times before screaming "Who wants to tell me congratulations?"

In the brief time that he had the Oscar, Bryant posted a Facebook Live video, holding the trophy up and claiming, "Got this tonight! They celebrated the reunion with a double cheeseburger from In-N-Out Burger", McDormand's publicist, Simon Halls, told the AP. The reporter softly reaches out to the actress and asks her for a few congratulatory words for Janney. In the video he points at the award and says, "I proclaim it in Jesus's name". We got it tonight, baby!

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.

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