Frances McDormand may be the proud new owner of two Academy Awards, but for a brief moment last night, she was only in possession of one. During the Governors Ball following the awards show, Frances McDormand’s newly awarded Oscar for her performance in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was stolen from her table.
The actress had reportedly been mingling with other partygoers when she noticed the Oscar — which was already engraved with her name on it — was missing, and quickly notified security. Unfortunately for the thief, his time with Oscar didn’t last long, because the New York Times‘ reported that Wolfgang Puck’s photographer quickly stopped him and recovered the award. The thief, Terry Bryant, was later arrested and charged with felony grand theft. Prior to being caught, Bryant took to Facebook Live, attempting to pass the award off as his own, and alleging he won the Oscar in a musical category.
Luckily, Frances McDormand’s Oscar was recovered before the actress resorted to using billboards to find answers…
McDormand reportedly remained cool throughout the entire ordeal, and her publicist Simon Halls confirmed that the actress and her new award had been reunited. He told USA Today, “Fran and Oscar are happily reunited and are enjoying an In-N-Out burger together.”
McDormand was the heavy favorite to win the award for her gritty role as a grieving mother in the Martin McDonagh-directed film.
She previously won the Golden Globe, BAFTA, and SAG award. And as for her other Oscar: The actress won Best Actress in 1997 for Fargo.
At Sunday’s ceremony, McDormand delivered a rousing speech about inclusion and diversity in film. After asking all female nominees to stand, she made a plea for equality to Hollywood executives, saying, “We all have stories to tell…Invite us into your offices and we’ll tell you all about them.”
But the actress didn’t stop there. She ended her speech by calling attention to the “inclusion rider,” a contract stipulation in which an actor or actress demands the cast and crew be diverse before signing onto a film.
We certainly hope someone at the Governors Ball was taking notes during this missing Oscar ordeal, because the saga of Frances McDormand’s stolen Oscar sounds like inspiration for a film juicy enough to bring the actress her third Academy Award.