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McDormand's Best Actress Oscar Stolen At After-Party

A man has been arrested for allegedly stealing actress Frances McDormand's Oscar.

The suspect, identified as Terry Bryant, was booked on felony grand theft, at 11.50pm on Sunday after taking the best actress statue from McDormand's table at the Governors Ball following the ceremony.

His bail is set at $US20,000 ($A28,000), according to Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson Rosario Herrera.

New York Times culture reporter Cara Buckley tweeted on Sunday night that the alleged thief was stopped by Wolfgang Puck's photographer (Puck caters the annual party).

The Oscar was then returned to McDormand, who allegedly told security to let the man go.

"Security at the Governors Ball are looking for this guy, who grabbed Frances McDormand's Oscar and ran out with it," Buckley wrote. "Wolfgang Puck's photographer stopped him, got the Oscar back, and the guy disappeared back into the ball. Apparently Frances has said to let him go."

The Governors Ball, held at the Ray Dolby Ballroom, is the official after-party for the Academy Awards.

McDormand's representative, Simon Halls, confirmed to Variety that the trophy was returned to its rightful owner.

"After a brief time apart, Frances and her Oscar were happily reunited last night," Halls said in an email. "They celebrated their reunion with a double cheeseburger from In-N-Out."

Bryant, 47, promoted his escapes on his Facebook page, posting a video of himself with the trophy.

McDormand won the Oscar for her gripping performance as a grieving mother Mildred Hayes in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.


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