LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Oscar-winner Frances McDormand had her statuette stolen at a post-show celebration by a person who allegedly snatched it from her desk earlier than he was arrested, police and witnesses mentioned on Monday (March 5).
McDormand, 60, gained finest actress at Sunday’s (March four) awards for her function as a rage-filled mom searching for justice for her murdered daughter in Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
“Security at the Governors Ball are looking for this guy, who grabbed Frances McDormand’s Oscar and ran out with it,” mentioned New York Times author Cara Buckley, who was on the event and live-tweeted the drama.
She mentioned a photographer working for celeb chef Wolfgang Puck – who was offering the catering – stopped the person and seized the Oscar, earlier than the thief disappeared again into the ball.
The actress “had set it down and was chatting” when it disappeared, in line with Buckley, who added that the actress had mentioned to “let him go.”
“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 advised AFP.
She wasn’t in a position to give additional particulars, besides to substantiate that the 47-year-old suspect had a ticket for the celebration.
Variety journal reposted a Facebook Live video it mentioned confirmed the suspect brandishing the golden statuette he says he gained “for music” and joking: “Got this tonight! This is mine. We got it tonight, baby.”
The African American man, wearing a tuxedo with hair held again in hairpins, is seen within the 165-seconds of footage posted to the web page of a Terry Bryant Djmatari kissing the trophy and permitting bystanders to the touch it.
It was the second time McDormand had bagged the very best actress statuette following her win for Fargo 21 years earlier, and her acceptance speech was a highlights of the night.
McDormand, whose representatives did not instantly reply to a request for remark, delivered a rallying cry for the #MeToo motion towards harassment and gender double-standards.
Placing her statuette on the stage, an animated McDormand requested all girls nominated throughout classes to face up and be counted.
It was in any other case a comparatively uneventful present, nevertheless, and early scores for ABC’s telecast confirmed the US viewers at an-all time low throughout the 5 pm (9am Singapore time) to eight pm ceremony, in line with US media.
The close to four-hour broadcast, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, averaged an 18.9 in a single day Nielsen score – a quantity equating roughly to the proportion of America’s estimated 118.four million households that tuned in.
That is a 16 per cent drop on final 12 months, which is able to go down in infamy for its disastrous climax, when the mistaken film was briefly awarded finest image as a result of a mix-up with the envelopes.
Experts stress that preliminary scores should not adjusted for time zone variations, which means the dwell west coast viewers will not be precisely mirrored within the in a single day numbers, as they solely measure primetime hours.
The 2017 Academy Awards, which earned a 22.four in a single day score, ended up drawing 32.9 million viewers. It was the second lowest in Academy historical past after the 2008 present, hosted by Jon Stewart, pulled in simply 31.eight million.
“It was a show in which nearly every winner had been exhaustively pre-ordained by the endless awards season, but one in which first-time and long-overdue winners still brought the crowd to its feet,” the Hollywood Reporter’s Daniel Fienberg mentioned in a overview.
All three huge set-piece tv occasions up to now – the Golden Globes, the Grammys and the Super Bowl – have all returned decrease audiences than in 2017.