Reuters – Terry Bryant, the man who pleaded not guilty to stealing Oscar winner Frances McDormand’s statuette at the Governors Ball after the ceremony on March 4, has been ordered to stand trial on a charge of grand theft.
A superior court judge ruled that there was significant evidence to push the case forward. Bryant was arrested after McDormand’s best actress Oscar went missing briefly at the lavish Governors Ball party in Hollywood, where Academy Award winners have their statuettes engraved following the annual ceremony.
McDormand, 60, won the award for her role as an angry, grieving mother in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” “I lost my Oscar,” the two-time Oscar winner said, shrugging her shoulders as she left the party, according to video recorded by Reuters Television.
The Reuters video captured Bryant leaving the ball holding the Oscar and saying, “We got it. We did it. We did it. I got to go.” Bryant also posted a video on social media of himself at the event holding an Oscar statuette and telling other guests he was a winner.
The Los Angeles police department said in a statement that the photographer, whom they did not identify, grew suspicious when he failed to “recognize Bryant as a recipient from the awards show.”
He followed Bryant out of the party “and without any resistance from Bryant took the Oscar from him,” the statement said. Bryant is due back in court for arraignment on August 8 and could face up to three years in jail if convicted as charged.