In a weird confluence of events involving a New York Times reporter, Wolfgang Puck's photographer and the work of local security and law enforcement, the Oscar was returned and the man arrested (he's now facing felony charges of grand larceny). But that wasn't to be the end of it, as social media got a hold of the story on Monday morning and couldn't believe the audacity of someone stealing from McDormand, of all the winners.
The man, identified as Terry Bryant, was captured in a photograph, and took video of himself holding the Oscar, according to TMZ, before the photographer got the Oscar back and it was able to be returned to McDormand. At the time, the actress said to let the man go.
The consensus online, where Twitter users got "Frances McDormand's Oscar" trending Monday morning, was that the thief is lucky the authorities caught him. Frances McDormand is a force of nature and righteous fury in "Three Billboards," and her passionate activism as herself isn't far removed from that personification. The bottom line, as far as Twitter was concerned, was that this man was a fool who took his life into his own hands when he messed with the wrong woman.
Below are some of the funniest reactions to Grand Theft Oscar 2018:
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
Terry Bryant won himself a pair of handcuffs after he stole Frances McDormand's Oscar last night. Never steal an Oscar from an actress who played a legendary cop. Bryant remains in the Lapd jail for grand theft & Frances after a few tears has her statue back