Oscar Winner Frances McDormand Robbed At Exclusive After Party

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Frances McDormand had just finished having her second career Oscar engraved and sat the golden statute down at the exclusive Governor’s Ball, the official Oscar party following the award's ceremony, when a stranger swiped it from the table.

For a few moments after she and husband director Joel Coen notified security, McDormand and Oscar were separated. A roaming photographer hired by Master Chef Wolfgang Puck, managed to photograph the thief while he was holding the Oscar triumphantly..


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His picture was released. Security began to search for both statute and thief and soon he was arrested and charged with Felony Grand Theft. 

Media sources report seeing McDormand crying emotionally, with her husband, outside the Ball after giving up hope of being reunited with her Oscar before she and her husband left for other events. 

McDormand did arrive at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party at the Wallis Center for Performing Arts in Beverly Hills sans her Golden Statue. "Somebody tried to steal my Oscar at the Governors Ball," she told producer Jason Blum. "Let me see someone try to pawn that!" A member of her entourage added, "A lunatic stole it and we had to arrest them."

A representative for the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed that a Terry Bryant, a 47 year-old man was arrested for stealing a statue although they did not confirm if it was McDormand’s. He was held on $20,000 bail.

Simon Halls, McDormand’s Rep released this statement, “I can confirm that, after a brief time apart last night, Frances and her Oscar were happily reunited."


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After winning the Academy Award for her portrayal of Mildred Hayes, a mother desperately seeking the killers of her daughter, in the Fox Searchlight film, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, McDormand gave a rousing speech and spoke two words, Inclusion Rider, that seemed overnight to enlighten, awaken, and educate.

Sources: Varioous; Image courtesy of Frances McDormand IMBD.

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