Man Due In Court For Alleged Oscar Theft


The man accused of briefly stealing Frances McDormand's Oscar from her table at the Governors Ball after Sunday night's Academy Awards is set to appear in court today on a charge of felony grand theft. Terry Bryant, 47, will get his chance to say how he'll plead on the charge in a Downtown L.A. courtroom later today. 

Bryant is being held in lieu of $20,000 bail and faces up to three years in prison if convicted, prosecutors say. 

The 47-year-old was arrested Sunday night after allegedly stealing McDormand's Oscar statuette from her table. McDormand won the Best Actress award for her turn as the grief-stricken Mildred in "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri." Police say Bryant had a ticket to the Governors Ball and took a video of himself holding the Oscar at the party, posting it online. 

"Look at it, baby. My team got this tonight," Bryant can be heard saying on the video. "We got it tonight, baby." 

A photographer for Wolfgang Puck snapped a photo of Bryant with the Oscar while he was attempting to make his way out of the party unnoticed. The photographer helped security detain Bryant before he was able to escape with McDormand's statue. 

A series of mugshots appeared yesterday of Bryant after it was revealed this wasn't his first mix-up with the law. Court records show he has a minor criminal past in Oregon with arrests spanning between 1999 and 2002 for criminal mischief and theft. He refers to himself as an entertainment journalist and film and music producer. 

His social media accounts were filled with photos of him at shows that include the Emmys, Screen Actors Guild Awards and the MTV Video Music Awards

TMZ reports that McDormand isn't interested in pressing charges against the wanna-be winner, but, since the statue technically belongs to the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and is listed as a victim of the theft, they want Bryant prosecuted. 


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