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Oscar theft: Man accused of stealing Frances McDormand's award arrested

A man who police allege tried to steal Frances McDormand's Oscar has been arrested. The US star won best actress at Sunday's awards for her role in the movie "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri."

Frances McDormand's Oscar statuette had gone missing shortly after it had been engraved at the Governor's Ball official after party.

"We can confirm that an incident occurred at the Governor's event. There was an arrest made of a Terry Bryant for grand theft," a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department told news agency AFP. The spokeswoman confirmed that Bryant, aged 47, had a ticket for the party. The suspect  is currently being held on $20,000 (€17,800) bail.

Photos show McDormand, whose acceptance speech was considered by many to be a highlight of Sunday's Oscars ceremony, making her way through the room with security looking for the statue.

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"After some brief time apart, Frances and her Oscar were happily reunited. They celebrated the reunion with a double cheeseburger." McDormand's publicist Simon Halls told The Associated Press.

It's the second time McDormand has won the best actress award, having received the honor 21 years ago for her role in "Fargo"

Variety magazine reposted a Facebook Live video it said showed Bryant posing with the statuette, saying he had won "for music" and joking: "Got this tonight! This is mine. We got it tonight, baby."

jbh/se (AP, AFP)

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