Lest we need yet another reminder that Frances McDormand is a real one, TMZ is reporting that she’s the one responsible for allowing Terry Bryant, the man who stole her 2018 Best Actress Oscar for Three Billboards right out from under her nose, to get off with the crime scot-free. A judge dismissed the case against Terry because Frances refused to cooperate with the police. And if you’ve seen the footage of Terry that he posted after the crime celebrating his “victory”, you’ll see why Frances was probably inclined to just go ahead and let Terry, a black gentleman of a certain age, continue to live his best Sidney Poitier They Call Me Mr. Tibbs fantasy in peace. She probably considers this small act of mercy a way of satisfying a clause in her inclusion rider.
According to TMZ, Terry, dressed to the nines, nabbed the trophy while Frances was doing press backstage. When she finally noticed it was missing and notified security, Terry was already out the door and taking his bows in front of the Dolby Theater.
— ET Canada (@ETCanada) March 6, 2018
I guess one person’s doorstop, is another person’s ticket to the ball! Terry was eventually caught that same night, Oscar in hand, and charged with felony grand theft.
We’re told she was not willing to cooperate with investigators, so a judge dismissed the whole matter.
We’re told Frances didn’t even want to file a police report, but because the Academy of Motion Pictures actually owns the statuette … it was listed as the victim, not Frances. However, she was the witness and prosecutors needed her testimony.
Security at the Governors Ball are looking for this guy, who grabbed Frances McDormand’s Oscar and ran out with it. 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. #Oscars #Drama pic.twitter.com/5tlsx4Ulwt
— Cara Buckley (@caraNYT) March 5, 2018
The D.A. tells us, “The District Attorney’s Office today told the court that we are unable to proceed at this time. The defense moved to dismiss the case, and Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Sam Ohta dismissed it.”
Here’s Terry at The Governors Ball soaking in all his “And The Winner Is Terry Bryant for Shooting His Shot: The Terry Bryant Story” glory like it’s Palmolive. And using it to get the deets for where the Jimmy Kimmel party was at!
This guy, Terry Bryant, stole Best Actress winner Frances McDormand's Oscar trophy last night and used it to gain access to #Oscars parties.
He was arrested for felony grand theft after McDormond alerted the police of the theft & they tracked him down. pic.twitter.com/0fSkqRcsqk
— Kgopolo Phil Mphela (@PhilMphela) March 5, 2018
Sadly, his luck ran out before he could make it to Jimmy’s party. But he certainly stole the right Oscar from the right person that night. Gary Oldman definitely would have testified, and probably would have asked the judge to allow him to slap Terry across the face with a satin glove for his impudence as part of his sentencing!