Best Actress & Illinois Native Frances McDormand Recovers Stolen Oscar Award

Best Actress & Illinois Native Frances McDormand Recovers Stolen Oscar Award

On Sunday, March 4th, during a Governor’s Ball after party following the Oscars, Frances McDormand, who hails from Illinois, had her Best Actress award stolen. Terry Bryant, the culprit who ultimately failed to steal the pricey Oscar statuette, was charged on Tuesday with one felony count of grand theft of property exceeding $950. The Los Angeles County District Attorney claims that Bryant can face up to three years in county jail if convicted for his attempted theft.

Though the case remains under investigation, the Los Angeles police reported that Bryant, who had a ticket for the event, had posted a Facebook video of himself brandishing the stolen award and kissing it. “Lookit, baby — this is mine. My team got this tonight,” claimed Bryant in his video.

Another self-incriminating video that has surfaced clearly depicts Bryant clutching the golden statuette and leaving the event. In another strange turn of events, his rabbi, Naomi Levy, has come forward to defend Bryant’s actions as symbolic commentary on our society and “obsession with its 15 minutes of fame.”

Best Actress winner Frances McDormand, who played Mildred in the critically-acclaimed film “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” was born as Cynthia Ann Smith and adopted in Gibson City, downstate Illinois. The 60-year-old actress has climbed her way to Hollywood by showcasing her talent in films like “Fargo,” which earned McDormand her first Best Actress award.