Man pleads not guilty to stealing Frances McDormand's Oscar

Frances McDormand's alleged Oscar thief scheduled for court appearance

The award he stole, Frances McDormand's Oscar for Best Actress.

Police say Bryant handed back the statuette without a struggle.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Deborah S. Brazil said she was concerned by Bryant's four prior felony convictions on theft-related charges and his past failures to appear in court, which prosecutors argued should keep the bail unchanged.

The New York Times writer Cara Buckley later took to Twitter to describe how a man "grabbed Frances McDormand's Oscar and ran out with it" at the Governors Ball after-party after McDormand "had set it down and was chatting".

Terry Bryant, 47, allegedly swiped McDormand's best actress Academy Award for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, as she celebrated at the Governors Ball ‪on Sunday night‬.

According to several reports, McDormand said she didn't want to press charges against Bryant; however, McDormand wasn't technically the victim in this crime.

Mr Brookman addressed the footage, saying: "There's a difference between holding an Oscar and what he is charged with, so that will play out in court".

Authorities say Bryant walked out of the Governors Ball Oscars after-party with the trophy on Sunday night and quickly gave it up when confronted by a photographer.

When he was leaving the ball, a photographer confronted him after not recognising him as a victor.

"Look around, everybody", McDormand said to those gathered, some of the most powerful people in Hollywood. Yes, he actually posted video evidence of his alleged crime, which is why attorney Daniel Brookman argues that his client had no intention of actually stealing the award.

In the video, Bryant films himself drinking alcohol and kissing an Oscar, exclaiming, "This is mine!"

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