Frances McDormand's Stolen Oscar Has Been Returned

Frances McDormand's stolen Oscar is back where it belongs.

McDormand created one of the most memorable moments of the night during this year's Acadamy Awards ceremony. After accepting the Best Actress award for her role in "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri," McDormand joyfully implored the women who were nominated this year, in all categories, to stand and share the moment with her. One by one, women in the audience rose to thunderous applause. She concluded her acceptance speech by referencing "inclusion riders," which big-name stars can put in their contracts to ensure diversity at all levels on film sets.

The actress clutched her award through the post-win press conferences and took it with her to the annual Governors Ball celebration. At some point during the night, McDormand realized that her award was no longer on the table where she'd placed it. An extensive search failed to find it, leaving McDormand to believe that it was lost for good.

Thankfully, there's a happy ending.

The Los Angeles Police Department arrested Terry Bryant, 47, for grand theft. He was caught by a photographer who spotted him at the Governors Ball with the award. The photographer followed Bryant, took the trophy and alerted security, which detained the alleged thief until police arrived to arrest him. Bryant, a Los Angeles resident, also streamed a video of himself holding and kissing the Oscar statue on Facebook, claiming that it was his. It's believed that he swiped the award from McDormand's table. His bond has been set at $20,000.

Ms. McDormand is once again in possession of the trophy. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released a statement that the two were "happily reunited after a brief separation" and that the star had "resumed her celebrations." This is the 60-year-old's second Oscar. She won her first in 1996 for her role in "Fargo."